Now is the time the Dallas Cowboys' focus changes and they turn their eyes toward preparations for the upcoming 2018 season. This means they start to question every little aspect about what went right in 2017 and what went wrong. One such question is what do they really have in quarterback Dak Prescott?
Prescott has had kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde first two seasons with the Cowboys. He could do no wrong in 2016 and ended up having one of the best rookie QB seasons in the history of the league. But, Prescott's poor performance of 2017 has left a lot of Cowboys Nation with a bad taste in their mouth.
Determining exactly what the Cowboys have in Dak Prescott really depends on if you're the type of person who focuses on what he has done in his first two years in the league, or if you focus more on just 2017.
It's hard to argue either, so I'll let you decide amongst yourselves where you stand. But, maybe I can help you make up your mind by giving you a few facts to chew on.
Dak Prescott as Dr. Jekyll
You may or may not remember, but Dr. Jekyll was the "good guy". In an attempt to suppress his inner demons, he created a serum in hopes of silencing the darkness within him. This is exactly who Dak Prescott was in his rookie season.
He put his nose to the grindstone and worked his tail off in order to find success, and it worked.
Prescott has won 22 of his first 32 regular-season games in the NFL. That is second-best behind only Russell Wilson (24) since the 1970 merger. He is also just outside the top-10, at number 11, in passing touchdowns (45) and passing yards (6,991) the last two years.
That's pretty impressive for a guy who was chosen in the fourth round with the second of the Cowboys fourth-round draft picks. Even more impressive is the fact Prescott is the only Dallas Cowboys quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in each of the first two seasons.
Unfortunately, Prescott may have just set the bar way too high for himself during his rookie season.
It would've been nearly impossible to put up the same kind of numbers in 2017, but that's what a lot of Cowboys fans expected. Right?
Fair or not, that's just the way things work.
Dak Prescott as Mr. Hyde
Remember, Dr. Jekyll was the good guy, but the serum he developed to suppress his demons ended up doing something completely unexpected. The serum released all the bad within him and created his alter ego, Mr. Hyde. This is how I would describe Dak Prescott after watching the way he played in 2017.
What made Prescott so good as a rookie was his ability to prevent turnovers. Unfortunately, that was one of his downfalls this season.
He threw nearly three times as many interceptions (13) than he did as a rookie (4). He also had eight games where he threw for less than 200 yards, and saw his completion percentage go from 67.8% to 62.9% this year. His yards per attempt also took a hit from 8 to 6.8.
But, he wasn't far off on his passing touchdowns this season. He only finished with one less than he did in 2016.
Unfortunately, Prescott just didn't quite seem the same this season.
It looked as if he had a really hard time reading defenses and wasn't as accurate with his passes as he was as a rookie. Of course, he had to carry the load a little more this season due to Ezekiel Elliott's suspension, but he looked as if he might've buckled under the pressure a little.
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As you can see, there are both positives and negatives to the way Dak Prescott has played his first two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. It's now up to the organization to determine whether or not they have a Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde on their hands. That's why the evaluation process is so important during the off-season.
And every single player on the roster will likely get the same treatment.
I don't know how you personally feel about Prescott, but I still believe he can be the Cowboys future QB, despite his struggles this season. If the Cowboys could've avoided some key injuries and suspensions, we probably aren't even having this conversation. But, I'm not really the kind of person who likes to play the "what if" game.
What do you think about Dak Prescott's future with the Cowboys?
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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