Star Blog Putting the Dak Prescott VS Carson Wentz Debate to Rest Published 6 months ago on July 11, 2017 By Connor Livesay Share Tweet Nothing better than a little mid-summer smack talk between fans of two of the biggest rivals in football. Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott: Who is better? Who will be more successful? With both guys entering just their second year in the league it’s unfair to give either one of them the title quite yet. But one thing’s certain, Dak Prescott was light years ahead of Carson Wentz last year when evaluating both quarterbacks. When comparing both player’s stats, Dak Prescott leads in almost every category. Dak Prescott Record: 13-3 Yards: 3,667 Touchdowns: 23 Rushing Touchdowns: 6 Interceptions: 4 Fumbles: 9 Total Passing Attempts: 459 Average Passing Attempts Per Game: 28.7 Yards Per Attempt: 8.0 Completion Percentage: 67.8% Interceptions Percentage: 0.9% Yards Per Game: 229.2 20 + Yard Completions: 38 40 + Yard Completions: 8 Quarterback Rating: 104.9 Carson Wentz Record: 7-9 Yards: 3,782 Touchdowns: 16 Rushing Touchdowns: 2 Interceptions: 14 Fumbles: 14 Passing Attempts: 607 Average Passing Attempts Per Game: 37.4 Yards Per Attempt: 6.2 Completion Percentage: 62.4% Interceptions Percentage: 2.3% Yards Per Game: 236.4 20 + Yard Completions: 39 40 + Yard Completions: 6 Quarterback Rating: 79.3 When comparing the two, you’ll notice that Dak Prescott won more games, threw for more touchdowns, a higher completion percentage, less interceptions, a lower interception percentage, a higher yards per attempt percentage, more 40+ yard completions, and a much higher quarterback rating. What did Carson Wentz lead in? Wentz did throw for more yards on the season, 115 more to be exact, on 148 more passing attempts than Prescott… Take that for what it’s worth. Wentz also had more attempts per game, more yards per game (seven more yards than Dak), and just one more 20+ yard completion. So when we look at the two players, statistically it isn’t even close to who was the better quarterback between the two last year. But comparing stats is a very lazy way to evaluate players. The truth is in the film as well, and while I’d love to sit down with everyone and break down the entirety of both player’s seasons, but that simply can’t be done. What I can do, that is the next best thing in my mind is compare the two quarterback’s games against teams both teams played. Wentz VS Cleveland Browns The Eagles won their first game of the season against the 1-15 Cleveland Browns 29-10. Wentz had a very solid rookie debut going 22 of 37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz had a 59.5 completion percentage and had a 101.0 QBR. Prescott VS Cleveland Browns Prescott also defeated the Browns in week nine, defeating them 35-10. Prescott was great in this game playing in enemy territory. He finished the day 21 of 27, 247 yards and three touchdowns. Prescott had a 77.8 completion percentage and a WHOPPING 141.8 QBR. Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott #21 (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) Wentz VS Chicago Bears Wentz backed up his impressive rookie debut with another good performance against the Chicago Bears. The Eagles won 29-14 playing in Chicago and Carson completed 21 of his 34 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. He completed 61.8% of his passes and had a QBR of 86.6. Prescott VS Chicago Bears Prescott again played great against the Chicago Bears in week three, going 19 of 24 for 248 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Dak had a great completion percentage at 79.2% and a 123.6 QBR. Wentz VS Pittsburgh Steelers Three weeks in a row Wentz had impressive performances. This one was probably his best of the season. Playing at home, Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards on 23 completions and tossed a pair of touchdowns to defeat the Steelers, 34-3. He ended the night with a 74.2 completion percentage and a 125.9 QBR. Prescott VS Pittsburgh Steelers Unlike the Eagles, the Cowboys had to play the reigning AFC North Champions on their own turf. Prescott still didn’t bat an eye and went out and won the game 35-30. Dak finished the day 22 for 32, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. Both rookies played tremendous games against the Steelers. Leon Halip / Getty Images Wentz VS Detroit Lions Wentz was handed his first loss in an away game against the Lions, losing 23-24. He still didn’t have a bad day at the office, going 25 for 33 (75.8%) for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz threw a big interceptions (his first of the year) on the final drive of the game that would hand the team its first loss of the season. This is where things started going downhill for Carson Wentz. Prescott VS Detroit Lions One of Prescott’s most impressive games of the season came in week 16 at home against the Lions. The Cowboys won the game 42-21 in one of Dak’s and the team’s most dominant performances of the 2016 season. Dak finished the night 15 of 20 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Prescott was just about perfect that night, completing 75.0% of his passes and raking up a season high 148.3 QBR. Wentz VS Minnesota Vikings One of Carson Wentz’s worst performances of the 2016 season came against the Minnesota Vikings, though it didn’t result in a loss for the Eagles. He finished the game throwing 16 completions on 28 attempts (57.1) for only 138 yards and one touchdown, while throwing a pair of interceptions. Wentz also fumbled three times in this game and had a rough quarterback rating of 52.4. Minnesota’s defense was very stout the first few months of the season and definitely gave the rookie a lot of problems. Prescott VS Minnesota Vikings Like Wentz, Prescott wasn’t himself that Thursday night in Minnesota. Prescott did manage the game well and was able to finish the game with the win. Dak threw only 18 passes all night, completing 12 of them (66.7%). On those 12 completions, Prescott threw for 139 yards and one touchdown. Prescott used his legs more in this game, rushing six times for 37 yards. Prescott also had the fumble bug in this game, putting two on the ground. Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) Wentz VS Green Bay Packers The Eagles and Cowboys had two totally different outcomes in their regular season matchups against the Green Bay Packers. Wentz struggled again in this game against the mediocre defense of the Green Bay Packers. Wentz went 24 for 36 (66.7%), throwing for 254 yards and no touchdowns. Wentz did have a rushing touchdown on four attempts for 33 yards. The Eagles lost this game, 27-13, and any chance of making the playoffs. Prescott VS Green Bay Packers Another game that went the opposite direction for the Dak Prescott-led Cowboys. Dallas won the game 30-16 in the tough conditions at Lambeau Field thanks to the rookie quarterback himself and some help from the defense. Prescott finished the day with a 66.7 completion percentage, completing 18 passes on 27 attempts and tossing three touchdowns in the victory. Prescott did throw his first interception of the season against the Packers, but that had little effect on the game. Wentz VS Cincinnati Bengals The wheels finally fell off of the Wentz wagon in week 13 when the struggling Cincinnati Bengals crushed the visiting Eagles 32-14. Wentz was asked to do a lot in this game and was obviously not up to the challenge. Wentz finished the game 36 of 60 for 308 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Both his completion percentage (60.0%) and his QBR (58.2) where one of the lowest of the entire year for the rookie. Prescott VS Cincinnati Bengals Dak Prescott walked all over the Cincinnati Bengals in their week five match up. The Cowboys won the game 28-14 while Dak had yet another solid day at the office. Prescott finished with 227 yards on 18 completions and had an impressive completion percentage (75.0%) and QBR (117.9). Wentz VS Baltimore Ravens Wentz was handed his fifth consecutive loss in week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won a close game, 27-26 and Wentz struggled yet again, going 22 for 42 (52.4%) and throwing his 14th interception on the season. This game was another one of his worst from a completion percentage and quarterback rating aspect. Prescott VS Baltimore Ravens This was a game the Cowboys’ coaching staff put on Dak’s shoulders and he responded perfectly. Dak went out and played one of his best games of the season after the Baltimore Ravens were focused on stopping the run. Prescott threw for 301 yards on 27 completions and also tossed three touchdowns in the 27-17 victory. He had a 127.2 quarterback rating and another great completion percentage of 75.0%. Wentz VS NFC East Opponents I lumped all the NFC East games the two quarterbacks played into one section to save you some time. Carson Wentz went 2-4 in divisional games in 2016. The Washington Redskins swept the Eagles in the two games they met in. Wentz went 11 of 22 for 179 yards and a 50.0 completion percentage when playing at FedEx Field. At home, Wentz was more on his game. He went 32-46 (69.6%) for 314 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Carson Wentz split the series against the New York Giants, losing on the road in week nine and winning at home in week sixteen. Wentz, again played much better at home than on the road, a common factor in his rookie season. In the road loss, Wentz completed 27 passes on 47 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.4% and a QBR of 64.5 and also threw two interceptions in the game. At home Wentz wasn’t great but did manage the game well, going 13 of 24 for 152 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Wentz was finally able to win a game after losing five straight. Different team, same story. Wentz was able to win his home game against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17, but couldn’t get the job done at AT&T in week 8. Throwing for 245 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles week seventeen win, Wentz was able to get the season finale win against mostly Cowboys backups. While he couldn’t get the job done on the road, Carson Wentz did play good against the Cowboys at AT&T stadium in week eight. Going 32 for 43 (74.3%) throwing for 202 yards and one touchdown, Wentz played a solid game against Dallas. But Dak Prescott is the one who came out on top finding Jason Witten wide open in the end zone to win it for the 2016 NFC East Champions. Dak VS NFC East Opponents Dak lost three of his games to NFC East opponents, sweeping the Washington Redskins, splitting the series with the Philadelphia Eagles, and getting swept by the New York Giants. Dak was great in the series against the Washington Redskins. Combining for 487 yards, one passing touchdown, and two rushing touchdowns in his two meetings with the Redskins. Dak posted two 70.0%+ completion percentages and two 100+ quarterback rating against the Redskins in each of his matchups as well. We have to say Prescott had a split series against the Philadelphia Eagles because he did start the week 17 matchup. In the final game of the season in Philly, Dak threw eight total passes before putting on his baseball hat and watching the rest of the meaningless game from the bench. In the game that mattered, Dak may have made the play of his life in overtime in week eight. Dak struggled a lot in the first half of the game, but things started to heat up for the Cowboys’ rookie quarterback in the second half. Prescott was almost perfect in the second half and was able to pull out the game-winning drive in overtime to win the game 29-23. The only team that seemed to have Dak Prescott’s number last year was the New York Giants, and rightfully so. The Giants spent loads of cap space in rebuilding their defense and it worked. Pro Football Focus on Twitter The Giants had Dak’s number last year Prescott was 25 of 45 for 227 yards in his first game against the Giants. Prescott played a decent game in week one against the Giants but fell short in his NFL debut. In their second meeting, it was a similar result for Prescott. 17 of 37 for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and posted his worst quarterback rating of the year (45.4). Supporting Casts The first argument we’ll hear to defend Carson Wentz is he didn’t have the offensive weapons that Dak Prescott had. While there is some truth to that, it wasn’t all Prescott’s supporting cast that led to his success and it wasn’t Carson Wentz’ supporting cast that led to his failures. Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott both had great offensive lines in their rookie years. Both offensive lines are top five to top ten offensive lines in the NFL, so that argument gets cancelled out. ProFootballFocus.com currently has the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line ranked number one heading into the 2017 season. Where are the Dallas Cowboys? With the departure of Ron Leary via free agency and the retirement of Doug Free, PFF is expecting the Cowboys OL to drop off quite a bit in 2017. The running backs where the biggest difference between the Carson Wentz-led offense and the Dak Prescott-led offense. It’s no secret that Ezekiel Elliott was one of, if not the best running back in the NFL last year and that helped the team, but more importantly Dak Prescott out a lot. Elliott finished the year with 1,631 yards on 322 carries (5.1 YPC) and scored 15 touchdowns. He also added 32 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles didn’t have a true bell-cow back last year and used more of a running back by committee style. Ryan Mathews led the backs with 661 yards on 155 carries for a 4.3 yards per carry average and also had eight rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood also got their fair share of carries out of the backfield, combining for 750 yards on 171 carries and three rushing touchdowns between the two players. Darren Sproles had 427 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. When you compare the names between the two teams: Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Jason Witten sounds like a much better lineup than: Jordan Mathews, Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham, Zach Ertz, and Trey Burton, but their stats weren’t as lopsided as you might think. Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz #86 (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) The Cowboys’ leading receiver in yards was Cole Beasley with 838, the Philadelphia Eagles’ leader in receiving yards was Zach Ertz with 816. Cole Beasley hauled in 5 touchdowns to match with his 838 yards, and Zach Ertz hauled in 4 touchdowns to match with his 816 yards. Where there was difference between the two teams was the leaders in touchdowns. Dez Bryant led the Cowboys in receiving touchdowns last year with eight, while Zach Ertz led the Eagles with his four. Where it balances out is in receiving yards. The Eagles had six different players with 300+ receiving yards in 2016, compared to the Cowboys’ five. Also we seem to forget that Dez Bryant missed three games due to an injury that held him out of the San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Green Bay games. Dak Prescott posted quarterback ratings of 114.7, 117.9, and 117.4 in the games his number one receiver missed in 2016. In the two games that Zach Ertz missed in 2016, Carson Wentz also posted impressive quarterback ratings (86.6 and 125.9). Closing Argument When we take an overall look back at both Dak Prescott’s and Carson Wentz’ rookie seasons, there isn’t much difference between the team’s supporting casts. Philadelphia’s defense had a lot more talent on the field than the Cowboys defense, along with a great offensive line to protect Carson Wentz. What does separate the two supporting casts was the running game. Ezekiel Elliott was huge for Dak Prescott’s success, but Dak Prescott was a success story of his own. Dak Prescott’s numbers were right up there with some of the NFL MVP candidates and deserve just as much credit as anyone else on the Cowboys roster or coaching staff. It’s still to be seen if Carson Wentz can have more success in his second year as the Eagles starting quarterback, but one thing’s for certain: with all the new weapons he has (Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Mack Hollins, LaGarrett Blount, and Donnell Pumphrey) there should be no more excuses for the former North Dakota State quarterback entering year two. There’s no way of saying who will have the better career between the two players, but right now there is no question who the better, more successful quarterback is, and Dak Prescott is the answer. ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Carson WentzDak PrescottDallas CowboysPhiladelphia EaglesQuarterback Up Next NFC East Ranked as Second Best QB Collection in the NFL Don't Miss Who Will Be Cowboys Most Improved Defender in 2017? Connor Livesay Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @connorx147 ! Advertisement You may like Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback? Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”? Should Cowboys Rebuild the Offense Around Dak Prescott? Dallas Cowboys: 3 Best Plays of the 2017 Season What was the Biggest Disappointment for Cowboys in 2017? “Kellen Moore, QB Coach” Isn’t as Crazy as it Sounds 6 Comments TreFKennedy88 Good read John Williams I was on your side before reading this thing and came away further convinced. Like you there will be a lot more evidence to evaluate in the future (thankfully football season is coming soon), but It’s obvious that Dak was better in 2016. He was just more efficient with his opportunities. I also like to compare Dak’s 2016 to Romo’s MVP calliber 2014. They nearly had the same stats, though Romo’s 34 total touchdowns beats Dak’s 29. Dak is a good one. Anyone who argues otherwise is ignorant. Wentz may still be a good one, that remains to be seen. He definitely has the talent to be good and will have a really good receiver group with Alshon Jeffrey, Jordan Matthews, and Torrey Smith and the tight ends and backs are decent as well. Everything is there for Wentz to have a good season. It’s up to him to do it. ThePsychodad69 My question is who did the all 22 hurt more Dak or Wentz, Wentz is maybe better than his backup, the last franchise QB. Eric Simon I like the article, but there’s a nomenclature error: passer rating (maximum score of 158.3) is erroneously labeled as QBR (ESPN’s proprietary metric with a maximum score of 100.0). ThePsychodad69 Use NFL stats, nobody cares about ESPN stats, pretty sure the HOF uses NFL stats, ESPN stats are for ESPYs and fans Erik Oeser haha how did this all work out……… Star Blog Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps Published 1 day ago on January 20, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dustin Bradford / Getty Images Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017. Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season. Will we see a better version of Dak Prescott after a year which seemed to be his learning curve? Will Dez Bryant even be here next season? Will the front office be able to keep DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and Anthony Hitchens? One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise. Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising. Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure. After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins) Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary. Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time. Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role. Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance. For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores. We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle. There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season. The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year. Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed. Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018? Published 2 days ago on January 19, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos… Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados. En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14. Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada. Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar. La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante. Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga. Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason. ¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant? A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada. Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports) Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario. Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente? Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL. Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente. Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott. Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas. ¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018? Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018? Published 3 days ago on January 18, 2018 By Brian Martin The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie. After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game. They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans. Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game. Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return. He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house. Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed. Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017. He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem. He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense. The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season. I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season. The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands. What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year. Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job? Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time? Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL. Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). 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