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The Next Big Test: Will Dak Prescott Ever Earn A Passing Grade?

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - The Next Big Test: Will Dak Prescott Ever Earn A Passing Grade?

A certain quarterback for a first place team in the NFL has faced absurd levels of shade through the first six weeks of his young career. This would be none other than Cowboys' rookie Dak Prescott.

And then there is Tony Romo. While Romo slowly works his way back into playing shape, Dak Prescott is thriving against all odds - the fourth round draft pick has taken the NFL by storm.

With Dak setting rookie records, and leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record, Cowboys Nation has learned that the criticism that's faced Romo his entire career carries over to any Dallas starting quarterback.

In a way it makes Prescott even more special for Cowboys fans, seeing how he has already handled and shaken off any doubters. From within The Star, Prescott has plenty of supporters, including former players like Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

To get to this point, Prescott faced recent tests against the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers, both of which he passed with flying colors.

Dating back to Week 3 though, national media members like Colin Cowherd - who has bashed Dak all along - practically guaranteed that the rookie would lose these two games, along with the game in San Francisco that saw Prescott battle back from a 14-0 deficit.

Cowherd: Dak Prescott in for a rough October | THE HERD

Despite their impressive start to the season, Colin Cowherd expects Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys to struggle in October.

Will Prescott Ever Earn Respect?

Young quarterbacks that take the league by storm typically become budding superstars in the National Football League, but I already seriously doubt if Prescott will get this opportunity.

Everybody that follows football enjoyed the misery of the Cowboys 4-12 season just a year ago (besides us of course). These same people proceeded to have to diminish our excitement - or die trying to - when it came to Prescott providing hope for a life-after-Romo when he emerged this preseason.

Now that Dak Prescott is this efficient starter in his first year with the Cowboys, haters of America's Team look as stupid as always. Even still, Prescott deserves even more credit for not letting any of this get to him, even rising to the occasion more when others expected him to fail.

The Dallas Cowboys are a young team with an immensely bright future. The world may never accept this, but Dak Prescott already has - that is all we need.

How Six Games Have Overshadowed a Decade of Work

Prescott has been so good, that he has a large percentage of fans ready to charge full speed ahead into the Dak era with this team. Amazingly, Romo's lengthy body of work has been almost forgotten thanks to the energizing play of Prescott.

While I am a self-proclaimed captain of "Team Romo", it very well may be recency bias that has allowed some fans to accept potentially never seeing Tony lead the Dallas Cowboys again.

Regardless of if he does or not, Dak Prescott is here to stay, embracing the situation he has been put into with the Cowboys - one of unfamiliarity. Prescott found himself in an unfamiliar situation as the quarterback of the #1 college team in the nation for some time at Mississippi State.

Now, he is the present and future of the Cowboys, making this writer confident enough to make this statement after six incredible performances. Will anyone else ever stop questioning this kid, and will it ever really matter?

Use the comment section below to leave your thoughts on Dak Prescott, ahead of his first meeting with Carson Wentz and the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. You can also email me at anytime with feedback to!

Tell us what you think about "The Next Big Test: Will Dak Prescott Ever Earn A Passing Grade?" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • Eric Welly

    Used to party in your town, back in the late 80s.

    Did Romo get credit for 2014? Nope, OL did, is Zeke ballin’? Yep, but anybody can run behind that OL..Randle did, heck McFadden got a grand behind it. He throws to Witten\Beasley alot< so he's a checkdown QB. Throws multi TDs in GB, didn't let 49ers game shake him, played well against the division so far.

    Until he does a Romo and pulls a win out of his cloecka, he won't get the credit he deserves because he plays a team game. Romo made WRs-TEs better, he made a bad OL better, Romodini was never out of it…3yrs of 8-8 could have been 4-12 Romo won a few on his back alone, Dak actually fell into the Mach5 that was built for Romo.

  • Eric Welly

    Same accolades Romo got in 2014, OL gave him bull-riders time, Murray smashed the league in yards and YBC, well golly Randle avg. 5ypc and washed up McFadden had a grand in 9 games, “my daughter can run thru those holes” ie.Pacman Jones

    So no unless he pulls a Romodini or just puts a few games on his back, he’ll be a part of a team effort.

    You’d think the 49ers game gave a glimpse of this kids “IT” factor, he dominated GB in GB, his interception I’ve seen a few times with Romo\Witten, this or that patterns have that effect on QBs. LB sat on the out, had he thrown inside it was pitch and catch, Romo has seen that adjustment a hundred times on the fly, set up early and progression back to it, he could have just kept it since the LB was spying on him, he had him once he took his eyes off Witten, he didn’t let the play develop, Witten usually pivots back behind once the LB keys QB roll, puts 82 well behind the LB for a easy pass or Dak can break down the LB on the run.

    • Sean Martin

      Hey Eric, thank you for reading and commenting! Very happy to hear that Point Pleasant was still fun in the 80s haha. Everything you said here is spot on. The good thing is that Garrett thrives off of this “team effort” thing, and Dak has embraced it incredibly well too (as you read). He’s going to be a good player here for a long time.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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