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    How Can QB Dak Prescott “Prove It” In 2018

    For quarterback Dak Prescott, the first 25 games of his career could not have gone much better.

    His rookie season was filled with success, as the rest of the NFL was consistently dominated by the young duo of Prescott and in the Cowboys' backfield. He then started his very first playoff game, and even in a loss, Prescott impressed.

    While many expected a Sophomore Slump, Dak Prescott's first 8 games of 2017 continued to be solid, as the young quarterback had his team in position to make the once again. But, beginning with that fateful Sunday in Atlanta, things for both Prescott and the Cowboys as a whole got much worse than they had ever been with him at the helm.

    Now Dak Prescott enters year three of his career, closing in on the end of his rookie contract and a chance to be extended as the team's franchise quarterback in 2019 and beyond. But, after the shaky ending to 2017, most are calling the a “prove it” year for the young Prescott.

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    And, at least to a certain extent, rightfully so.

    Whether Dak Prescott is the quarterback to give big money to is up for debate, and Prescott has the ability to end that debate in year three. If he can come out and look like himself, the player we grew to love over the first year and a half of his career, the Cowboys decision will be easy.

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    But if Prescott cannot right the ship, and the Cowboys sputters like it did to close out 2017, Dallas might be in the market for a new quarterback much quicker than anyone expected when Prescott was winning Rookie of the Year.

    Now, I do believe in Dak Prescott, and see him as the future for the Dallas Cowboys. But asking him to prove it in year three is not only justified, but also simply smart team building.

    The question becomes, however, how do we define “proving it.”

    Is it by traditional raw statistics? Because if that's the case, Dak Prescott will have a difficult time proving it in the Cowboys' run first and ball control scheme. He'll rarely throw for over 300 yards if the Cowboys offense is working efficiently.

    Is it by team success? Because, once again, that can be a dangerous way to evaluate quarterback play. As we learned during the era, even a great quarterback can have difficulty winning games if the people around him fail to perform.

    Is it by controlling and leading the locker room? Because by those standards, it sounds like Dak Prescott has already proven he belongs.

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    At the end of the day it doesn't matter much at all how we define proving it. And, it will most likely come down to team success. If the Cowboys bounce back and are competitive in 2018, Prescott will probably receive a ton of credit. But if they don't, the blame will be his whether justified or not.

    That is, for better or for worse, what it means to be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

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    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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    Matt

    He can “prove it” by not leading the league in pick 6, by not dink and dunking all day, by actually throwing the ball 20 yards or more in the air, by throwing accurately, by converting on 3rd down…let’s face it, he will likely prove that he sucks.

    Sexcdex Xfact

    He’s better, Matt, than over half the league starters by far statistically
    What did Romo accomplish?
    What have all the teams with the highest paid receivers & Qb’s accomplish?

    Now with no #1 WR nor #1 TE this writer says it’s up to Prescott ?
    Without this new coaching staff proving to call better okays & not abandon the run nor protect their “franchise plager”???

    You guys are too transparent & even further away from the truth
    I agree with Dallas greats Roger Staubach & Troy Aikman assessment of Dak Prescott over you writers & biased fans

    You’ll never give this kid a fair shake,
    Not even the same scales you use to judge other NFL Qb’s

    Thank god he thrives on negativity & is accustomed to defying the odds, even as well as overcoming his own flaws