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Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys All-In on Dak Prescott

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Though It Might've Been Inevitable, Dak Prescott Has Earned A Contract Extension

For the last year, there hasn't been a topic in sports as hotly debated as the future of Dak Prescott with the Dallas Cowboys. In Cowboys circles and across the NFL landscape, everyone has an opinion on Dak Prescott. Prior to the Amari Cooper trade, the debate surrounded Prescott's future as the Cowboys franchise quarterback. Since then, Cowboys fans and media alike have wondered how much Dak Prescott is worth.

To me, the answers should be obvious. He is a franchise quarterback and he's about to get paid a lot. Regardless of what we think, however, the group of people that matter the most are ready to move forward with Dak Prescott as their future at the quarterback position. And by move forward, I mean they are about to write him a big check.

Yesterday, Cowboys Owner and General Manager went on the Rich Eisen Show and expressed his faith in Dak Prescott's present and his future with the Dallas Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talking about Dak Prescott today on the @RichEisenShow: "We're sold on Dak and we do want to have him for the long term. We think he's worthy of investing in for the long term. ... We see real upside in Dak. You don't have it all yet.

The best part of this quote, is that they see upside in Prescott. He's already accomplished a lot in his short NFL career. Two Pro Bowls, two division titles, two divisional round playoff appearances, rookie of the year, MVP consideration (in 2016), and a playoff win.

Though QB wins aren't a stat that adequately assesses quarterback play, the fact remains that the Cowboys have gone 32-16 with Dak Prescott at quarterback since 2016. In fact, only one team has won more games in the regular season from 2016-2018 than the Dallas Cowboys; the New England Patriots.

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Rk Player Draft Tm GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Pick6 TD% Int% Rate Yds Y/A AY/A ANY/A Y/G 4QC GWD
1 Tom Brady 6-199 NWE 44 1051 1583 66.39 12486 89 21 1 5.6 1.33 103.5 435 7.89 8.42 7.79 283.8 4 5
2 Dak Prescott 4-135 DAL 48 975 1475 66.10 10876 67 25 4 4.5 1.69 96.0 675 7.37 7.52 6.56 226.6 8 14
3 Drew Brees 2-32 NOR 47 1221 1698 71.91 13534 92 28 3 5.4 1.65 106.4 450 7.97 8.31 7.75 288.0 10 13
4 Ben Roethlisberger 1-11 PIT 45 1140 1745 65.33 13199 91 43 3 5.2 2.46 95.2 446 7.56 7.50 6.99 293.3 7 9
5 Russell Wilson 3-75 SEA 48 972 1526 63.70 11650 90 29 2 5.9 1.90 98.7 970 7.63 7.96 6.73 242.7 8 9
6 Matt Ryan 1-3 ATL 48 1137 1671 68.04 13963 93 26 4 5.6 1.56 105.7 687 8.36 8.77 7.87 290.9 4 6
7 Philip Rivers 1-4 SDG 48 1056 1661 63.58 13209 93 43 4 5.6 2.59 96.1 512 7.95 7.91 7.22 275.2 6 6
8 Alex Smith 1-1 TOT 40 874 1322 66.11 9724 51 18 2 3.9 1.36 95.0 468 7.36 7.51 6.73 243.1 4 6
9 Jared Goff 1-1 RAM 38 772 1243 62.11 9581 65 26 1 5.2 2.09 94.7 617 7.71 7.81 6.85 252.1 5 5
10 Marcus Mariota 1-2 OTI 43 785 1235 63.56 9186 50 32 4 4 2.59 88.7 572 7.44 7.08 6.16 208.8 7 9
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2019.

Dak Prescott is the only player in the top five to have not won a Super Bowl (yet). Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Russell Wilson have all won a Super Bowl. Three of those four have been to multiple Super Bowls. Matt Ryan's appeared in a Super Bowl and been to the playoffs several times.

Prescott's the only player in the top eight who's been in the league for only three years. Jared Goff is the only player in the top 10 in QB wins since 2016 who came into the league at the same time as Prescott.


Nobody has more game winning drives in the last three seasons than Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Only Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints have more 4th quarter comebacks than Dak Prescott's eight fourth quarter comebacks.

Prescott's 11th in passing yards in that time frame and 13th in passing touchdowns. If you include his 18 rushing touchdowns, Prescott's accounted for 85 total touchdowns in his three seasons in the NFL. 20 quarterbacks have thrown more interceptions than Dak from 2016-2018, including Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins and Ben Roethlisberger.

The only players to throw for more touchdowns and fewer interceptions than Dak Prescott are Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Two of the best quarterbacks of all-time.

We've seen Dak Prescott be really great. He's also had some stinkers in his NFL career, but more often than not, he puts the Cowboys in position to win the game in the fourth quarter. So much of what's great about Dak Prescott are things that you can't measure or look at on a spreadsheet. Though the spreadsheet is pretty good too.

Prescott's shown to be a leader, to be mentally tough, and to not be rattled by game situation. Does he have things to work on? Yes, every quarterback does. With good coaching this offseason, he'll improve his footwork, which will only improve his accuracy. Every quarterback misses throws, even the good ones, but Dak's great at the things that you can't teach him.

Those immeasurable things combined with his play on the field make Dak Prescott a quarterback "worthy of investing in."


Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks

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Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks

The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.


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Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ

Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.


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Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

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Good News: Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

 

Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL

This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.

Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.

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Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.


The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.

Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.

Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.


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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.


This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.

You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.


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