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Dak Prescott Gets Strong Endorsement From Alex Smith for 2021

's return to football after last year's is one of the much-anticipated stories of the . At least one former NFL , recently-retired , is on record that he expects Prescott to have a “huge, huge year” for the .

Projecting big things for Dak in 2021 isn't exactly a high-risk proposition. Dallas' franchise QB was on pace to throw for over 6,000 yards in the first il five weeks of 2020, easily smashing 's current record of 5,477 yards in 2013.

That torrid pace was especially noteworthy as Prescott never had his full at any time; missed the entire season and was lost in the middle of Week 2. Starting TE was gone midway through the season opener, though stepped in nicely.

All of those players should be back in 2021. The receivers should be even more dangerous as develops and fights for his next contract. should also be better after a full with the 1st-team .

So yeah, it's pretty reasonable to think Dak Prescott will be just as productive this year if not better than 2020. And with Dallas' still a work in progress, he may need to be for the Cowboys to win games.

That's a big reason why Alex Smith is like many who expect a monster season from Dak. The reigning after his final season in Washington, Smith was asked about Prescott in the context of winning that award in 2021.

While he's far from the only one to expect this, Alex's perspective on Dak is unique in that he recently overcame a very similar major injury as the one Prescott suffered in 2020.

After a compound fracture to his lower leg in November 2018 and a life-threatening infection shortly after, Smith missed the entire rehabbing. He returned as a backup in Washington last year to but eventually took the job back, going 5-1 as a starter and leading the Football Team to the .

While he never lived up to being the first-overall pick in the 2005 Draft, and especially because was drafted 24th that same year, Alex Smith has helped teams reach the playoffs six times and is a three-time Pro Bowler. His career record of 99-67-1 as a starting QB is a good line on any resume.

Given his personal in this league, both in leading teams and in coming back from a similar major injury, Smith's take on Dak Prescott's 2021 potential is definitely worth listening to.

Of course, as we saw last year with Dallas' 1-4 record after four week, gaudy passing numbers don't guarantee wins. The Cowboys will need their defense, run game, offensive turnovers, and other facets of the game all improved to succeed in the way that matters most.

Dak Prescott was doing his part in 2020 and hopefully that continues this season. If Alex Smith and may others are correct, it could even be a year for the record books.

Jess Haynie
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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