Check these numbers out:
- 22 of 27 for 338 yards
- 4 passing TDs
- 2 rushing TDs
- 0 INTs
Those are not the numbers of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or any other veteran quarterback. Those are the numbers from a rookie out of Mississippi State, Dak Prescott after the first two weeks of the preseason.
I have always been a firm believer of the mantra, “It is only the preseason,” so it was easy to brush off those numbers. It though is getting very hard to continually discount what Prescott is doing though. His first two weeks were other-worldly but his most impressive feat may have been in week three.
Playing against the Seahawks Saturday in Seattle, being thrust into the lineup after Romo went down, Dak continued to impress. He went 17 for 23 for 116 yards and a touchdown, stood strong in the pocket all game and gave Dallas fans hope that they will be fine sans Romo. He has also given fantasy owners around the world hope.
Prescott has the arm to launch the ball deep downfield, and the accuracy to thread throws into small windows. He has shown timing with Dez Bryant on back shoulder throws, the touch to drop a ball into Jason Witten over a defender, and the ability to extend plays out of the pocket.
Imagine the nightmares that defensive coordinators will have worrying about Bryant in the secondary along with Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot running the option.
Source: Despite being 36, suffering another back injury, Tony Romo not considering retirement and no doubt he will return, play this season
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 27, 2016
While it may be hard to quantify just hard good Prescott can be, I liken him to Robert Griffin III in 2012. Both have the legs to give defenses headaches, and the arm to make them worry about the deep ball. Sure both may not be the prototypical quarterback, but the NFL rewards the new and the bold (and Fantasy Football rewards dual-threat QBs).
In Griffin’s spectacular rookie season had 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, five interceptions, along with 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Prescott has shown that he can put up numbers like those, but the jury is still out. Be careful on Fantasy Football Draft Day, but do not be afraid to pull the trigger if you have a droppable player or a late-round pick in larger leagues.
Luckily enough, the Cowboys have enough on offense and an easy schedule, a 2015 winning percentage of .465, to make Dak a small risk. He, right now, is a QB2 with huge upside and someone to keep a very close eye on.
Prescott is already being heralded as a Dallas Superman, rescuing the Cowboys and Fantasy owners from an injured Tony Romo, but he reminds me of a quote from Batman — “Can we trust him?”
The honest answer is that owners will have to wait with bated breath because, after all, it is only the preseason.
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