Dak Prescott: I feel like I’m a better player than when I left

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There was nothing but confidence from the Cowboys when it came to how quarterback Dak Prescott would do in his return from last season’s fractured ankle and this summer’s shoulder trouble, but those outside of the organization needed a little more convincing.

Prescott provided it on Thursday night. Prescott looked right at home while completing 42-of-58 passes for 403 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Tampa. He also ran four times for 13 yards, shook off a cut to his left hand, and led a scoring drive that put the Cowboys up 29-28 with 1:24 left to play in the game.

The Bucs would drive for a game-winning field goal, which left the Cowboys lamenting missed kicks and other moments where the offense couldn’t convert. Prescott’s outing wasn’t anything to lament, however, and he said he “enjoyed every moment” of his long-awaited return to action.

“I don’t feel like I say things just to say them, so that’s just a credit to all the work I put in,” Prescott said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “I think when you invest that much work in rehab and prehab and just everything that has gone into the last 11 months for me to get on the field, I mean, I’m not surprised about the way that I went out there and fought. Ran the ball a couple times and did all the things that I’d normally do 11 months ago. No, I feel like I’m a better player than I was when I left the field [last year] and I told y’all that was the expectations I had for myself, and I’ll continue to try to get better game in and game out.”

There aren’t moral victories in the NFL, but Thursday night’s game was about as close as one could get for Prescott and the Cowboys. They’ll try to make the effort add up to an actual victory against the Chargers next week.

28 responses to “Dak Prescott: I feel like I’m a better player than when I left

  1. Dak was impressive coming off of such a gruesome injury. The Cowboys also played far better than most people expected.

  2. I have no dog in the fight, and in my opinion that was MOST DEFINITELY offensive P.I.

    Should have been called and MIGHT have ended the game.

  3. I’ve been a New England Patriots fan since 1975, but last night I became a Dak Prescott fan, too.

    That was an impressive performance after coming back from that tough injury, against a pretty good defense (nowhere near as good as the Patriots defense but not bad).

    Dak played well enough to win that game, but Dallas’ special teams and defense let him down.

  4. Just a reminder that this looks exactly like what was happening when Dak left. Dak putting up arcade numbers and losing.

    Not saying Dak didn’t have a great night but Dak tied his career high with 58 passes thrown.
    Compare that to 14 runs by RBs.

    If he is going to throw 60 passes a game for the rest of the season, his arm is going to fall off.

    Great opening game to watch though. Couldn’t have asked for a better game.

  5. shades of Romo much? lead a winning drive only to watch the defense give it right back, of course that OPI didn’t hurt the Bucs cause.

  6. Dak seems like a decent enough qb but the cowboys aren’t going to win many games struggling to get into the end zone aNd they sure can’t keep relying on Teams turning the ball over 4 times a game to keep them in it!

  7. I wasn’t expecting that performance out of the Cowboys and Dak. They may be a better team than we initially thought.

  8. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades but this one was still sweet. I think the Boys answered a lot of critics with this performance and getting beat by the GOAT and defending Super Bowl champs in the first game out is something to build on. Smart game plan not running up the middle into that wall. Vita is a monster with power. Still only one sack I think. I dearly wanted all those analysts who unanimously chose the Bucs to eat a healthy meal of crow. Next time. NFC East you’ve been warned.

  9. cowboys are who we thought they were. still a bad defense, and dak’s output was not much better than what Taylor Heinicke put up against TB in the playoffs last season.

  10. Cowboys fan thinking this was a “sweet” game is quintessential Jones-without-Jimmy Cowboys. They LOST. McCarthy is a mediocre head coach. Their Defense is suspect. Their Kicker is iffy. And there is no way their QB makes it
    beyond 8 game throwing 60 times a contest. There is nothing sweet about an L.

  11. The Cowboys were the better team last night, but the moment was too big for some of their key players. They fell victims to the Tom Brady Mystique. Also the refs killed them with some timely flags that they should have kept in their pocket. In the last 4 minutes of a close game a good referee would not call a penalty unless it’s egregious.

  12. Tampa tried their best to give the game away and Dallas STILL couldn’t take it.

    What would the score have been if the guy doesn’t fumble going into the end zone ?

  13. This was the Dak-era Cowboys personified. Played a pretty good game–though not nearly as good as his stat line would suggest–but came up short. But it was good enough to effectively become like a win in everybody’s mind because someday, somehow they’ll supposedly start winning these sorts of games. They’ll go on to have much worse outings and go .500 against their weak division but the optimists will look back at this “almost” win and how Dak threw for a billion yards for the season which totally makes him worth all the money.

  14. I think his arm looks a lot weaker from that shoulder injury.Question is is it permanent and or will he damage it further by playing.

  15. That game was a mix of the Cowboys not being as bad as people thought, and the Bucs reading too many press clippings and on a Super Bowl hangover. Bucs did play very sloppy. Without the fumbles and excessive penalties, this game would not have even been close. However, it was also a very impressive gameplan by the Cowboys. Collinsworth noted on the broadcast that it seems the Cowboys were doing everything to avoid the Bucs front 7 and trying to use the sides with quick short passes to the sides. It worked as those secondary on the corners is the weak spot of the Bucs defense. But I’d expect Todd Bowles to have a better answer for it scheme-wise by next week. Bucs were not prepared for it.

    It’s the way it works in football. When everyone expects a blowout, that’s usually when it doesn’t happen. The Cowboys were heavy underdogs with an incentive to prove people wrong, and the Bucs’ heads were still in the clouds. Bucs were lucky to escape with a win. It should serve as a wake up call.

  16. Kinda surprised with how close the game was, but isn’t this same old cowboys? They seem to always play up or down according to their competition. And dak having good numbers but they lose again.

  17. Throwing 58 times?? When you have the $90 million dollar running back behind you? Weak Zeke sure didn’t stand up to all the preseason hype. If Prescott has to throw 58 times a game he surely won’t last long this season. Only 16 more games to go Jerruh.

  18. eagleswin says:
    September 10, 2021 at 7:33 am
    Just a reminder that this looks exactly like what was happening when Dak left. Dak putting up arcade numbers and losing.

    Not saying Dak didn’t have a great night but Dak tied his career high with 58 passes thrown.
    Compare that to 14 runs by RBs.

    If he is going to throw 60 passes a game for the rest of the season, his arm is going to fall off.

    Great opening game to watch though. Couldn’t have asked for a better game.
    ——
    Here’s the point though. The Cowboys were at the very least competitive last year when Dak played and put up those numbers. When he went down last year that whole team turned into a dumpsterfire. They couldn’t compete at all.

  19. Yes, I think he impressed, but when you average under 7 yards per pass I think you need a run game. I don’t know if Elliott is just finished as a productive RB1 or what, but when you pass almost 60 times you are going to get 400 yards and lose the game sometimes. It’s like in basketball when a guy scores 20 but he misses a bunch of long 2 pointers for no reason, when you should have had a bunch of open 3s and easy dunks and layups.

  20. Never been a big Dak fan … but damn he looked good last night! … especially coming back form that terrible injury. I think Dallas would have beaten 90% of the teams last night!

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