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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

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16 Comments
  • Arnold Sewell

    The problem is the people calling the plays with receivers that has no separation speed at all. I hope they learned something from the play calling from Eagles in the Superbowl, play calls to win the game not play it safe.

  • dallas1966

    I think Dak will bounce back , because of his work ethic, which according to Cowboys organization , quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, is off the chains.

    With that type of mental toughness , it’s Sky’s the Limit, for Dak

  • Matthew Harrell

    Where do I start…an old saying goes “figures never lie but liars always figure.” This old saying is talks about how stats and figures can be made to say whatever you want them to.The referenced accuracy stat is some bad smelling bull corn. As a fan who watches every single snap of every game (and if you’re not too lazy, go back and watch every throw Dakie pooh made) I can tell you and back up with tape, he didn’t find many windows. Most times he couldn’t find a barn–not even the broad side of one. This stat, like his completion percentage, is inflated by his maddening propensity to check down. Worse yet, he’ll even check down to a running back in the flat or a couple yards out even when they’re nearly covered! Also the defenders on check down tend to be the outside linebacker who is less effective at pass defense than a DB downfield. Also a linebacker is more than happy to let you take that none yard pass or 2-3 yard pass right before he cleans your clock. Go study some film, you’ll see it. So, with so many check downs and even with blanketed RBs, this could inflate the silly one-yard-covered-accuracy stat. Cuz it damn sure isn’t his 20 plus yard throws…and any throw beyond 30 yards is once a game or none. Multie times in 2017 Dak would have zero attempted passes of at leadt 30 yards through the air. Ridiculous. People love to point out his yards per attempt and how they are close to the top QBs. That stst is also inflated by Zeke or Beasley taking his little dink and dunks to the house. If you check average yards threw the air per pass attemot it is pitiful. This matters because defenses know he wont every throw deeper thsn 20 yards. He shrinks the field so much thst they can stack the box and load up close, giving them the ability to stop the run and still guard against his dink passes. Pathetic. A QB has to be able to throw the deep ball and has to at least try it once in awhile! So factor that in with the average yard per throw and as a dink-and-dunker his accuracy stats don’t mean jack. His 10 consecutive quarters without a TD matter, though. His league leading pick sixes sure matter. His 13 picks to a paltry 23 TDs matter more than an obscure accuracy stat. Tell me again why this guy has “earned” a bad year and should be given a break? How many playoff wins in 2 seasons? Tell me again why we shouldn’t at keast kick the tires on Cooper Rush? Oh, because he won Rookie of the year? Same year Garrett won coach of the year and Jerry Jones was Executive of the year. So Garrett shouldnt be on the hot seat and Jerry is a great GM….right?

    • Tanya
    • Larry Murray

      You obviously don’t know a lot about football

    • Larry Murray

      9 of 13 interceptions were in Dez hands. Just go away.

  • Tanya

    Dak is very accurate with passes thrown 20+ yards past the line of scrimmage and has been since 2016. Don’t believe me? Google it.

  • Matthew Harrell

    Where do I start…an old saying goes “figures never lie but liars always figure.” This old saying is talking about how stats and figures can be made to say whatever you want them to. The referenced accuracy stat is some bad smelling bull corn. As a fan who watches every single snap of every game (and if you’re not too lazy, go back and watch every throw Dakie pooh made) I can tell you and back up with tape, he didn’t find many windows. Most times he couldn’t find a barn–not even the broad side of one. This stat, like his completion percentage, is inflated by his maddening propensity to check down. Worse yet, he’ll even check down to a running back in the flat or a couple yards out even when they’re nearly covered! Also the defenders on check down tend to be the outside linebacker who is less effective at pass defense than a DB downfield. Also a linebacker is more than happy to let you take that none yard pass or 2-3 yard pass right before he cleans your clock. Go study some film, you’ll see it. With so many check downs and even with blanketed RBs, this could inflate the silly one-yard-covered-accuracy stat. Cuz it sure isn’t his 20 plus yard throws…and any throw beyond 30 yards is once a game or none. He almost NEVER puts it in the air deeper than 30 yards. Ridiculous. People love to point out his yards per attempt and how they are close to the top QBs. That stat is also inflated by Zeke or Beasley taking his little dink and dunks to the house. If you check average yards threw the air per pass attempt it is pitiful. This matters because defenses know he won’t ever throw deeper thsn 20 yards. He shrinks the field so much that they can stack the box and load up close, giving them the ability to stop the run and still guard against his dink passes. Pathetic. A QB has to be able to throw the deep ball and has to at least try it once in awhile! So factor that in with the average yard per throw and as a dink-and-dunker his accuracy stats don’t mean jack. His 10 consecutive quarters without a TD matter, though. His league leading pick 6’s sure matter. His 13 picks to a paltry 23 TDs matter more than an obscure accuracy stat. Tell me again why this guy has “earned” a bad year and should be given a break? How many playoff wins in 2 seasons? Tell me again why we shouldn’t at keast kick the tires on Cooper Rush? Oh, because he won Rookie of the year? Same year Garrett won coach of the year and Jerry Jones was Executive of the year. So Garrett shouldnt be on the hot seat and Jerry is a great GM….right?

    • Larry Murray

      Dude first of all check the stats Dak is ranked 4th in attempts into tight windows. I watched every game. nearly half of Daks interceptions were tipped off the hands of receivers. Dez himself dropped a ridiculous amount of passes. I’m not saying Dak has nothing to work on, but the whole offense has a lot to work on. Dez, many times, was beat and went the wrong way on breakdowns.

    • Tanya
  • Russ_Te

    If Dak has 4 seconds to throw and somebody winning on their route, and he can’t hit that play, that’s when Dak will be the problem. All too often he had neither of those last year.

    2018 could be a crossroads year for whether Dak will become elite or average as an NFL QB. The Cowboys – unless they want more years like 2001-2006 – must upgrade both aspects above, and then Linehan has to demonstrate that he knows how to properly press the buttons on this offense.

    You’ve got to have a solution when Tyron Smith goes out, and you’ve got to get a 4.2 style receiver who forces the FS to stay deep. That will fix most of it.

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Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

Sean Martin

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Despite Late Push in Year One, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See the Field in 2018? 1
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It feels like ages ago that the Dallas Cowboys spent the 28th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Michigan Defensive End Taco Charlton. Perhaps this is a result of the constant distancing fans have made from this unpopular pick, or the corresponding moves the Cowboys have made at DE since drafting Charlton.

These moves include using the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence after seeing him explode for 14.5 sacks, spending a fourth round pick this year on Kansas' Dorance Armstrong, and seeing Randy Gregory reinstated in time for training camp.

Across the entirety of the Cowboys roster, there will be plenty of "odd men out" that miss the cut down to 53 players. Defensive end remains one of the most cluttered spots on the current 90 man roster however.

Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton, DT Maliek Collins (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Prior to establishing the depth the Cowboys now have up front on defense, they did Taco no favors by starting his career at right defensive end. While Gregory may still be a long way from earning the starting role here, similarly styled players like Armstrong have the edge here over Charlton.

This relegates Charlton to the strong side, where he always projected best out of college. By the time the Cowboys realized this a season ago, they also knew a franchise pass rusher was playing his way into the team's long-term plans.

Lawrence's stellar consistency off the edge reduced Charlton's role in the Cowboys rotation of pass rushers. An ideal spot for the rookie to develop with less pressure on him, Charlton's opportunities to continue playing left end may only be reduced this season.

The first-round pick is capable of kicking inside at defensive tackle, a position the Cowboys could certainly use help at. However, asking Charlton to go through another position shift would only halt the progress that took quite a bit of patience from Dallas to see.

It's far from unheard of for the Cowboys to do this with their young players, but for now Charlton remains a defensive end looking to make his impact. The Cowboys are in much better position now than they were at this time a year ago when it comes to setting expectations for him to do so.

Given everything he showed on tape at Michigan as well as in his pre-draft interviews, Charlton is a player that needs to succeed at the task at hand. When this plan is altered, the 6'6" pass rusher is much less effective -- without even considering any athletic struggles that Charlton has compared to other prototypes at defensive end.

As a unit, the Cowboys defensive line has all the pieces to be very effective this season. Taco Charlton is a piece to this puzzle, a backup left end that must find a way to flourish in this role.

For most former 28th overall picks, doing so would be considered a fall from grace. For the Cowboys, it's simply an example of strong roster building that's forced life to come at Charlton quickly. How he responds with a full season under his belt will make or break the hype this deep Cowboys defensive line has garnered, lead of course by the starter at Charlton's position in DeMarcus Lawrence.

Tell us what you think about "Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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https://t.co/za0u3lWgaY

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

Jon Machota on Twitter

DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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