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Could Dak Prescott’s Spot as NFC East’s Top QB be Threatened in 2022?

Since joining the in 2016, Dak Prescott has enjoyed relative supremacy as the East’s best . But the newly-dubbed , seeking to change their on-field product as well as their brand, could threaten Dak’s status if they make a “big swing” for a franchise QB this .

Other than some brief flashes from during his time with the Eagles, no other QB1 in the division has been able to consistently rival Prescott. Along with the best individual stats of the division’s passers over the last six seasons, Dak’s also led the to more division titles than their rivals.

But according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Commanders may be looking to give Prescott more competition. Breer reports that Washington is preparing to pursue one of the league’s top quarterbacks in the market.

Right now that pool doesn’t look so deep; and Tyrod Taylor are arguably the two best QBs with expiring contracts this offseason. But it’s heavily speculated, if not expected, that names like , , and will soon join them as either cap casualties or as their teams look to move on from bad situations.

Granted, none of these players arrivals in the NFC East would automatically supplant Prescott. Dak was still 7th in passing yards 5th in touchdowns, higher than Rodgers or Wilson this season, and 3rd in passer rating in 2021 despite many calling it a “down year” for the Cowboys’ star.

While the 28-year-old Prescott would still be enjoying his physical prime and continuity with his team and , Rodgers (38) and Wilson (33) would be making big changes while also fighting off Father Time. As for Watson, though only 26, his year removed from football due to legal issues may take time to bounce back from.

Unless the Eagles’ or New York’s make astronomical leaps next year, Washington’s pursuit of a big-name quarterback is the only real threat to Dak Prescott. And given the Commanders’ issues as a franchise over the last 20-plus years, you have to wonder how much those superstars would really be interested in making D.C. their next home.

To be fair, Washington does offer an attractive foundation on offense. is one of the league’s best wideouts, Logan Thomas has emerged as a surprisingly solid , and is an exciting young . With a top-graded and Chase Young leading a solid , the Commanders could offer a win-now situation if the new QB is a good fit.

Indeed, Washington was arguably a franchise QB away from beating the Bucs in the 2020 and doing who-knows-what from there.

Could Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, DeShaun Watson, or some other significant quarterback be joining the Commanders and our division in 2022? If so, it will certainly put a lot more pressure on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys if they want to repeat as .

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Putting aside that stupid long-term contract, if Cowboys were to draft a promising QB this year, THAT would be a threat to DP. There are many, younger QBs in the league right now playing MUCH better than him. Should have been done before that contract was signed to save us fans more YEARS of NO SUPER BOWL WINS.

    That “3rd in passer rating” is so deceiving, IMO. One big reason being it does not take into consideration the COMPETION, ETC. (think NFC East). That rating system puts Brady at number 7, Mahomes at 10, and Herbert at 11, AND Allen at 17. Kind of ridiculous. All are MUCH BETTER than DP

    AGAIN!!! Before that last game of the season PHILLY FARCE, where he had 5 TDs against a team that didn’t show up, DP was number 17 in QBR, a ranking system which represents a much more accurate picture of talent level, etc.

    Bottom line, he is a middle of the pack QB, paid as top two at the time of the signing. HUGE MISTAKE.

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