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The Dak Prescott Hype: Why It’s Completely Okay To Buy In

RJ Ochoa

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This isn't a dream, Cowboys Nation. This is real life. Through two preseason games it looks like Dak Prescott is the real deal. And you know what? It's totally and completely understandable/cool to buy into that. Let's discuss.

Where Did This Come From?

If I told you on April 28th, the night Ezekiel Elliott was selected 4th Overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft, that at one point in time there would be a Cowboys rookie who would be at the center of the NFL universe that wasn't him there's no way on earth you would have believed me.

The NFL Draft served as a moment in time where the Dallas Cowboys actually did everything they could to get someone else other than Dak Prescott. This is a subject that I touched on earlier this week here at Inside The Star when I discussed how Dallas lucked into Prescott. Sometimes lucky is better than good, so hooray!

So Dak Prescott has seemingly come from nowhere this preseason period. Except that he came from Mississippi State where, at one point, his Bulldogs were deemed the best college football team in the country. Having played in the SEC, Dak Prescott is aware of what the heat feels like on the big stage... a great tool for a Dallas Cowboys quarterDAK to have.

What Has Dak Prescott Even Done?

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In the Cowboys preseason opener, and the NFL's return to Los Angeles mind you, last week Dak was 10 of 12 for 139 yards with two touchdowns to boot. You know that. Duh.

Last night Dak Prescott said great isn't great enough and he started cooking with gas. Against the Miami Dolphins, Dak Prescott was 12 of 15 for 199 yards and another pair of those things that earn you six points and a chance for a seventh. Oh and did I mention that Dak rushed 3 times for 28 yards and another pair of touchdowns?

My fantasy football draft is tomorrow (fellow leaguemates... you suck). In standard fantasy football leagues this would've been good for 29 points. 29! That's absurd!

Prescott has, under the noted caveat that this is preseason, completely obliterated any and all expectations that Cowboys Nation loyalists could have possibly had of him. To this point, the football has literally gone from his hands to the endzone more times than it has gone to the ground. THAT IS AMAZING.

Why It's Okay To Buy In

Just a season ago Cowboys fans worldwide were well-experienced in sadness. We tuned in week after week to watch the Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore blended cocktail disappoint us in new, innovative, and spectacularly painful ways.

On the RJOShow Cowboys/Dolphins Postgame Episode I said that this is the most talent we've ever seen in a Tony Romo backup quarterback. That is not hyperbolic. Is it only two preseason games that we're basing this off of? Yes. That's how horrible the talent behind Romo has been, that two preseason games are enough to justify Dak Prescott being better than them.

What makes Prescott and his hype so unique to the Dallas Cowboys is that the coaching staff is completely catering to his play style. Garrett and Co. are not forcing Dak to play to the beat of their drum. They're turning on Dak's music, getting out a disco ball, and dancing like it's New Year's Eve and they're seeing incredible results from it. This is perhaps the biggest reason why it's safe to believe in what Dak is so far... the coaching staff is going to keep feeding it.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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At this point, Dak Prescott is the cemented backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to that (no big deal just the position that defined the 2015 season), Dak Prescott is the closest thing that the Cowboys have ever had to an heir for Antonio Ramiro Romo.

Cowboys Nation needs to sit back, turn on that Dak music, grab some snacks... and enjoy the ride.

This is a foreign experience to us. Don't question it. Enjoy it. Believe in it.

For what it's worth if anyone out there suggests to you that Dak Prescott should at any point in time take over for Tony Romo... well, you know what to do.

Show them the tape. Tell them the facts. Tony Romo is the indisputable leader of the Dallas Cowboys. We've just got some insurance now, which we drastically needed a season ago.

Suck it, 2015. We're never doing that again. Not now. NOT EVER!

Are you buying into the Dak Prescott hype? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • George Johnson

    Dak looked good again. It is still too early in the preseason to establish Dak as the 2nd team backup QB for 2016. Lets wait and see how he does in the last two preseason games. However, it is looking really good for him at this point. It also could soon be very hard for the coaches and FO to considered brining in a veteran QB. He could in fact be the T Romo replacement down the line and the next franchise QB if he keeps playing anything like he has and keeps improving. I also don’t know to what extent the plays have been simplified for him or how good of a defense he has faced or how well he is doing in practice. I am pleasantly surprised with his performance so far. Since I am a K Moore fan I would also say I think K Moore would have done well in these first two preseason games also but not as well as Dak.

    • http://www.PigskinHub.com/ Jess Haynie

      George, I’ve razzed you a fair bit about your Kellen Moore devotion. I have to give you credit for being fair and willing to adjust your feelings based on what Dak’s done these last two weeks. Good job.

      • George Johnson

        Jess, Thanks. I do try to be objective and factual. I believe most people don’t when it comes to Kellen Moore. As best I can tell it has to do with his physical limitations. He does not look like an NFL QB, is not very athletic and does not have a strong arm. Most people therefore conclude he cannot or most likely cannot play effectively in the NFL even though he was extremely successful at the college level. He was one of the best pocket passer ever at the college level. There have been many QBs that were successful at the college level but could not make it in the NFL which makes most people feel K Moore probably falls into this category, especially with his physical limitations. These are all the same reasons he was not drafted. Hopefully he will get more chances in the NFL to prove himself. If he had not gotten hurt, I believe the sports writers and fans would probably already be starting to change their tune somewhat about K Moore because I believe he would have done really well against Los Angeles and Miami and would still be continuing to hold the 2nd team QB position at this point. He is a unique or special QB especially if he can play effectively in the NFL, as S Linehan thinks he can, because no one may have ever played in the NFL with his set of physical limitations. The bottom line is his other skills/abilities to be a pocket passer, other than his physical limitations, are probably off the charts. His mental/cerebral abilities combined with his accuracy and anticipation are the main abilities/skills that allow him to be effective at pocket passing most likely even at the NFL level. S Linehan has basically said as much and he should know. What is scary is I believe K Moore because of his work ethic, attitude, ability to learn, mental/cerebral abilities will get better with more experience/reps. I have not concluded his ceiling is just a backup QB which it may be. If he keeps improving which is very likely and if he gets the opportunity, he could be a starter someday for an NFL team. I don’t think he will ever be an elite QB because of his physical limitations.

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Cowboys, Seahawks Week 3 Injury Report

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Believe it or not, Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas isn't the only guy whose playing status is in question for today's game. Other key players for Seattle and the Dallas Cowboys appear on the teams' Week 3 injury reports.

The Cowboys are looking to move to 2-1 and maintain a slim lead in the NFC East. The Seahawks are still looking for their first win of 2018, and the drama around Thomas isn't helping the fear of a locker room implosion.

What players may not be out there to help their teams to victory?

Dallas Cowboys

  • C Travis Frederick (illness) - OUT
  • DT Maliek Collins (knee) - OUT
  • WR Cole Beasley (ankle) - Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring) - Questionable
  • S Xavier Woods (hamstring) - Questionable

Frederick remains out as he deals with his neurological disease. Dallas decided to keep him on the 53-man roster, rather than place him on injured reserve, with the hope that he could return before Week 9. There are still several weeks before we'll know if that was a good move.

Maliek Collins will be out today after a minor knee injury suffered last week against the Giants. Taking his spot will be Datone Jones, who returns from his own knee issue after missing the first two games.

You don't like seeing your quarterback's favorite receiver and your defensive leader on the same injury report. Thankfully, though, it appears both Cole Beasley and Sean Lee will be available today.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

For the #Cowboys, WR Cole Beasley (ankle) is expected to play, and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) should be good to go, as well, based on how he moved around in practice on Friday, sources say.

Finally, we come to the ever-intriguing Xavier Woods. While limited in practice all week, Woods is expected to make his season debut in Seattle. We will see if Xavier gets the start at free safety, or if Dallas will ease him back in and keep Kavon Frazier starting for now.

With all of the hype around Dallas' possible acquisition of Earl Thomas, one has to hope that Xavier won't overdo it and make matters worse with his hamstring. Between the enthusiasm just to play and the threat to his starting job, the second-year stud should be pretty amped up.

Seattle Seahawks

  • WR Doug Baldwin (knee) - OUT
  • C/G Ethan Pocic (ankle) - OUT
  • LB K.J. Wright (knee) - OUT
  • C Justin Britt (shoulder) - Questionable
  • LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle) - Questionable
  • S Earl Thomas (???) - ???

Seattle remains without Baldwin, their leading receiver from 2014-2017, and it shows in their offensive play. QB Russell Wilson is currently at career lows in completion percentage and passer rating, plus has already thrown three interceptions in just two games.

The Seahawks have issues up front as well. Starting left guard Ethan Pocic will also miss today's game. With right guard D.J. Fluker returning this week after missing the first two, that will allow backup J.R. Sweezy to flip over to the other side.

If that wasn't enough, starting center Justin Britt missed the entire week of practice with a shoulder issue. He has not been ruled out, though. Regardless, those are a lot of red flags on your offensive line with the Cowboys' emerging defense coming to town.

Also out today will be Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright. That means we could see Mychal Kendricks, who was just recently booted from Cleveland after being charged with insider trading, playing a major role today. Kendricks knows the Cowboys well, having played with the Eagles from 2012-2017.

And lastly, Earl Thomas.

No health or injury-related reason has been given for why Thomas missed practices on Wednesday and Friday. "Personal reasons" is all you're getting from Seattle, fueling rampant speculation that a trade is in the works. Whether or not that trade is with the Dallas Cowboys is pure conjecture at this point.

What we do know is that Seattle is 0-2 and trending down this year. Holding onto Thomas and his expiring contract, only to lose him for nothing next year in free agency, would be foolish.

We'll see if Earl plays at all today. If he doesn't, the trade talk is going to explode.



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Cowboys Wishlist: Dallas Cowboys VS. Seattle Seahawks

Mauricio Rodriguez

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It's week 3 of the 2018 NFL season and this match-up already feels like one of the most important ones the Dallas Cowboys will play in the season. The reason why is they need to prove they're good enough to win consistently and that they won't have another year that feels like a roller coaster of wins and losses like 2017 did. As they travel to Seattle to face the 0-2 Seahawks, the 1-1 Cowboys can't miss a perfect opportunity versus one of the weakest units in football: the Seahawks' offensive line.

As every gameday, here is my Cowboys Wishlist for this week's action. As always, I encourage you to share your wishes with me in the comments section below or tweet me @MauNFL!

Meet Brett Maher, the Cowboys Kicker Replacing Dan Bailey for 2018

Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher (Shanna Lockwood / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Brett Maher Kicks a 50+ yard FG.

Dan Bailey recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Cowboys Nation will experience a very odd feeling when they see their former kicker wear purple. If there's something that can make fans feel better is watching the guy who replaced Bailey nail a long field goal in Seattle.

Brett Maher showed he could kick a 47-yard FG in preseason, but we want to see him pull it off in a kick that will actually go down in the books. The decision to release Dan Bailey won't leave our minds until we see Maher do his job.

Wish #2: Rico Gathers Scores His First Career TD.

It felt like forever, but tight end Rico Gathers was activated for the first time in his career last Sunday. Rico didn't get his first catch even though he was targeted twice by Dak Prescott. The most notable moment was when Gathers seemed to be open in the endzone but Dak missed him.

Although Prescott's pass could've been better, Gathers did stumble a little bit and wasn't where he should've been to catch that touchdown. No worries, Rico's career is only beginning. I wish his first touchdown ever finally comes this week.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth)

Wish #3: Defense Gets Its First Interception of the Year.

Through two weeks of NFL action, the Dallas Cowboys defense has been one of the most impressive units. Ranking as the third best in total points in the league, the Cowboys' defense might begin being the team's best side of the ball. At least, it has been for the first two weeks.

Last week, they limited Odell Beckham Jr. to only 51 yards. Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie have played pretty well so far, but I wish they're able to get their first interception of the year. Dallas has one takeaway from week 1 versus the Panthers, but it came in form of a fumble.

Let's get that interception from Russell Wilson, who will be pressured most of the day by a very productive Cowboys' front seven.

Wish #4: 20+ Point Performance

Despite a very exciting first drive versus the Giants last week, the Cowboys' offense still needs to prove it can be successful enough to win games. Scott Linehan's unit had some good drives but it also failed to maintain a consistent attack all game. That may seem okay, but the Cowboys will have to win against some pretty tough defenses.

Seahawks will present the team with a very interesting challenge and one that I wish they pass. As good as the defense is playing, the offense needs to show up in order to win later games.

Wish #5: Contain Russell Wilson

Wilson is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL. His agility might be the best among every other signal caller in the game, becoming a very tough guy to defend. He can hurt you with his arms and legs and can throw on the run pretty well. All week we've been talking about how sacking the Seahawks' QB is a key to the victory, but it's more than that.

Wilson is good in the pocket, but when he starts scrambling or running out of the pocket only to throw the ball once the defense is out of position, he becomes a pretty painful headache. The Cowboys need to put him on the ground, but they also need to contain him all day long. He's basically his team's entire offense.

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Kris Richard’s Impact for Cowboys Goes Beyond the Defense in Seattle

Sean Martin

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Through just two games, the Dallas Cowboys addition of Kris Richard to their revamped coaching staff appears to be the team's best move of the offseason. Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli revealed that Richard is calling the team's plays on defense, which explains their attacking style of play so far.

It was the Cowboys blitzes that disrupted the Giants offense enough for Dallas to earn their first win a week ago. With the schedule set up favorably for the Cowboys to build off this win, Richard must lead his defense past his old team in Seattle for Sunday's week three match up.

On paper, the Cowboys defense should be able to limit the Seahawks thanks to their strong pass rush and lengthy secondary. Welcoming back Xavier Woods at safety, the Cowboys are getting even better in the back end against the Seahawks, allowing Richard to throw even more looks at Seattle with his front seven.

Starting wide receiver Doug Baldwin and guard Ethan Pocic will both miss this game for the Seahawks.

With an offense still trying to find its footing though, Richard' profound impact on the Cowboys staff has extended past the defensive side of the ball this week. Perhaps the most criticized Cowboys coach this season, Offensive Coordiator Scott Linehan has sat down with Richard to study the Seahawks defense - coordinated by Richard against the Cowboys specifically.

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Scott Linehan and Kris Richard have been spending a good chunk of time together this week dissecting Seattle's approach. Richard obviously knows Seahawks well. Linehan said Richard has great recall, taking him through each play of teams' previous games.

At 1-1, the Cowboys are still looking to put a complete game on the field and prove they deserve to sit atop the NFC East. The defense being their strongest unit through an ugly loss in Carolina and grind-it-out win against the Giants, Linehan's offense creating some explosive plays against the Seahawks could be all the Cowboys need to exit CenturyLink field as winners on Sunday.

Since Linehan officially took over as the Cowboys OC, he is 0-2 against Seahawks defenses coordinated by Richard. When Kris left Seattle, it was believed that he got out at the right time, with the Seahawks defense declining in talent ever since 2015 (his first year as DC).

The NFL's top scoring defense in 2015, the Seahawks were a full point per game worse in 2016, and nearly 2.5 points worse than that in 2017. So far this season, the Seahawks have allowed 27 points to Case Keenum's Broncos and 24 to the Mitch Trubisky lead Chicago Bears.

Kris Richard's Impact for Cowboys Goes Beyond Defense in Meeting at Seattle

The Cowboys biggest problem against Richard's defenses had been finishing drives, something they improved on against the Giants last week. Both Cowboys losses coming at home, the Seahawks kept Dallas out of the end zone in both week eight of 2015 and week 17 a year ago.

Last year's loss to the Seahawks should still sting those at The Star who saw a desperate push for the playoffs hit a wall against Seattle's defense - holding the Cowboys to 282 yards in Ezekiel Elliott's return from suspension.

Not having to rely solely on motivation for revenge while sitting back and trusting Elliott to carry them, Richard could be the key to the Cowboys passing game finding some rhythm. After all, his official title beyond "offseason steal" is Passing Game Coordinator - a position occupied previously by Linehan himself back in 2014.

With a win, similarly to 2014 when the Cowboys came out of Seattle victorious, Dallas would go a long way in earning respect around the league.

This goes for both the offense, where the Cowboys will remain a work in progress regardless of result, and on defense where Dallas can expect Maliek Collins (knee) and David Irving (suspension) to return in the coming weeks.

Kris Richard's focus has been on bettering the Cowboys since they added him to the organization with a clear path up the ranks. Just how far Richard ascends, and how quickly, will depend on the Cowboys performance - expecting to be more than ready for the challenge ahead this week thanks to the coach responsible for building the "Legion of Boom".

The Cowboys kickoff in Seattle being FOX's game of the week, this team has never been one to back away from the spotlight, and winning under it with Richard on the sideline would give the Cowboys all the momentum they need returning home for week four.

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