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

Sean Martin

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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 Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com!

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 Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

Brian Martin

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



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