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3 Reasons Why QB Dak Prescott Will Thrive In 2017

3 Reasons Why QB Dak Prescott Will Thrive In 2017

To say that the Dallas Cowboys were fortunate enough to find their future signal caller in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft would be an understatement. Dak Prescott had arguably the best season for a rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL, but there are reasons to believe why he will be even better in 2017 and thrive as the Cowboys signal caller.

Dak Prescott finished his first year in the NFL throwing for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions, and an impressive 104.9 passer rating. He also accumulated 282 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground. Those numbers alone have him among the best rookie QBs to ever play in the NFL, but they also earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl and made him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

It’s hard to imagine that he will be even better in 2017, but that is exactly what I’m predicting. Continue reading below to see the three reasons why I believe Dak Prescott will thrive in 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys.

QB Dak Prescott

Reason #1 – Continuity on Offense

It’s a rarity in today’s NFL that teams are able to keep nearly all of their starters on offense or defense in consecutive years, but that is exactly what it looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be able do in 2017.

Doug Free and Ronald Leary are the only two starters on the offensive side of the ball that won’t be returning in 2017. But, Leary’s spot will be filled with La’el Collins, who was the starting left guard to kick off the season to begin with and Free’s spot could be filled from within as well. Everything else should look almost exactly the same as it did in 2016.

There’s a lot to be said about having continuity on offense, especially for the QB. Prescott should already have a really good understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of his offensive weapons and he can continue to build the bond with those players instead of having to start all over.

But, it’s not all about the players returning. I think Prescott will also continue to get better because he will have another year in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s scheme. The playbook should also open up more with a years worth of experience under his belt.

QB Dak PrescottReason #2 – Full Off-season to Prepare

What was most impressive about Dak Prescott’s rookie season and what he was able to accomplish, was the fact he didn’t have the benefit of receiving the starters repetitions during off-season practices. In fact, he was nothing more than the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart until Kellen Moore and Tony Romo both went down with injuries.

All of that will change now that he is the signal caller for the Dallas Cowboys. He is going to get to really strengthen the bond with all of his offensive weapons and get to know Scott Linehan’s offensive playbook even better.

Having a full off-season to prepare for the season could possibly be the biggest reason why I think he will thrive in 2017. Prescott is going to now get the coaching staff’s full attention and the organization now has the time to figure out exactly how best to use him.

We may have just seen a glimpse of what Prescott was capable of last year, but with a full off-season to put his stamp on the offense, things should only improve in his second year in the NFL.

QB Dak Prescott

Reason #3 – No longer Tony Romo’s team

I’m personally a big fan of Tony Romo’s, so this is a little bit of a bittersweet moment for me. I love what I’ve seen from Dak Prescott so far, but I absolutely hate to see this is the way Romo’s career is going to end with the Dallas Cowboys. But, there is no denying that this is Prescott’s team from here on out as long as he continues to play at a high level.

Prescott no longer has to look over his shoulder and wonder if the coaching staff is going to reinsert Romo into the starting lineup. Romo will likely be continuing his career with an organization or joining the media side of the sports industry.

This is now Prescott’s team and they will only go as far as he is willing to take them. Yes, there are 10 other players that complete the offense, but it’s the QB that is asked to be the leader of the unit.

It was really impressive how he is able to step in as a rookie and get his teammates to rally around him. He is going to have to continue that leadership role if he is going to take the Dallas Cowboys where we all want to see them.

With Tony Romo gone, everyone will be looking to Dak Prescott to step up and take over as the leader.

Do you think Dak Prescott will thrive in 2017?

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

12 Comments
  • Silver_Blue_Blood

    I think you nailed it. His work ethic and positive attitude seems to be things that will keep him in a place to succeed. I am also a fan of Romo but I clearly remember him sulking in his early years when things weren’t going well. I don’t see that kind of thing from Dak Prescott… so far.

    • Brian Martin

      Prescott was also thrown into a better situation than Romo was early in his career. But, I agree I don’t think we will see #4 hanging his head very often.

  • deal with it

    I think Dak brings a lot more versatility to Linehan’s playbook than Romo.

    • Brian Martin

      It is definitely going to be interesting to see if the offense will change very much now that Prescott has a full year under his belt and an off-season to prepare.

      • deal with it

        I think the only real difference is,he’ll be under Center more from the beginning,maybe more use of a 2nd T.E. if Gathers has a good camp,& possibly more running himself but that depends on schedule & who our backup QB’s actually end up being.
        I know he can run,is big,& tough but I’m pretty sure we want to preserve him as much as possible- like my Dad told me as a kid concerning work-“Son,your brain will last a lot longer than your body”. evidently noone in Dallas ever told Romo that………

  • TreFKennedy88

    Truth Brian, I think Dak throws at least 4200 yards, 25-30 td’s and 6-7 ints, we have a baby Aaron Rodgers on our hands

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t think he’s going to air it out that much, especially with the way the Cowboys have focused on running the football. I think his numbers will improve, but maybe not as much as you predict.

  • George_Johnson

    I agree with everything you said. I do worry about such things as a sophomore slump, defenses adjusting to his strengths/weaknesses, the offensive and/or defensive teams not being as successful as last year, and Linehan adding too much to the playbook which actually decreases his effectiveness.

    • Brian Martin

      George, your worries are justifiable, but Prescott had a lot on his plate last season and excelled. I don’t see any reason why he won’t do so once again. He just seems to have that mentality to take things as they come and succeed regardless.

  • dallas1966

    Brian, excellent article. Dak, will improve by leaps and bounds, because, he will always have a chip on his shoulders, as being slighted by 32 NFL Teams, until the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

    After, it’s all said and done, Dak will go down in Cowboys folklore as one of the greatest quarterbacks, drafted in the 4th round.

    Dak, will be bringing home the Lombardi Trophy back to Big D, numerous times, before his career is over, in the same breath as Tom Brady.

    • Brian Martin

      That’s some high praise, but I’m not ready to anoint him yet. There are areas of his game that he can still improve, but his arrow is definitely pointing upwards.

  • Russ_Te

    Dak’s maturity & ability to attack NFL defenses right out of the box like he had faced them for years, was more amazing than him being that good physically and still falling to Round 4.

    As Brian mentioned one of his strengths is to take things as they come and stay level headed. Getting a promotion to the top job in sports & running off the old occupant, might test the ego some. He’s got to stay off that. Don’t read the media, keep watching film and making that next improvement that Linehan tells him to get after.

    While it was hard for fans to see an issue at all with it, Dak will with each year gain more of a grasp of what defenses are doing. His numbers will improve for years as long as the talent around him is kept up.

    A common misnomer last year was that Dak didn’t throw deep – not true. But if you consider that Butler was re-signed and Dez is healthy, and Linehan wants tweaks to stay ahead of DC’s, there probably will be more of an attempt to stretch the field and challenge DB’s for deep plays.

    RT is an issue, but with upside. We should get somebody better in pass block than Free was.

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