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    Week 14 Rookie Review: Dak Prescott’s Worst Day

    Every week we'll be looking at the Cowboys drafted rookies from 2016 and seeing what impact, if any, they had on the previous game.

    Here's a summary of the performances and statuses from all nine of the Cowboys drafted rookies after the loss to the :

    Ezekiel Elliott, RB

    Ezekiel Elliott, Giants
    AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

    In the first game of his professional career, Elliott was held to just 51 yards on 20 carries. Zeke showed his growth on Sunday, nearly doubling his production against the same Giants . Elliott finished 107 yards and a 4.5 average, crossing the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 10 in Pittsburgh.

    did more to stop Elliott last week than the Giants defense. Despite Zeke's consistent production, Dallas still threw the ball 37 times to just 24 carries for their star . Considering that Dallas either had the lead or was tied for the majority of the game, this imbalance is hard to explain.

    Jaylon Smith, LB

    Today is the deadline for Smith to either join the or be placed on . There is no indication that he is physically ready to return, so expect him to be placed on IR sometime by this afternoon.

    Maliek Collins, DT

    Collins had another solid day with two tackles and a QB hit. The Giants' running backs were held to just 95 yards on 31 carries, barely over three yards per touch. There are still plenty of rotating parts on the , but Collins is at least getting credited as a starter every week. That is no small thing for a rookie, especially with a veteran like behind him.

    Charles Tapper, DE

    Tapper went on Injured Reserve in Week 4 due to back issues. He was inactive the three games before that, making this a redshirt season for the fourth-round pick.

    Dak Prescott, QB

    Dak Prescott

    This was the worst day for so far in the NFL, both statistically and in the general narrative. A rookie losing in his first-ever game is not a surprise or even much of a disappointment. In Week 14, it hurts a lot more.

    Prescott's 45.4 passer rating was the lowest of his career so far. It's only the third time this season his rating fell below 100, and the third week in a row that he's had less than 200 yards passing. It is also the first game in which he's thrown more than one interception.

    I've never seen Dak look more rattled than in this game. He held the bell far too long and created for the Giants. He did not recognize a few running opportunities and was trying to force the issue with the pass. It also looked like he may have been keying too log on one specific receiver.

    The two interceptions Dak threw were a mixed bag. The first one looked like it was thrown to the right spot, but just fell down. If Dez had finished the route it appeared he would've been in front of and at least prevented the turnover.

    The second pick is tougher to excuse. Dak threw the ball up into double coverage to give Dez a chance to make the play. I don't mind this sometimes when you have a guy with Bryant's talent, but Prescott put the ball where only the Giants really had a chance to make a play on it.

    Tough day, but thankfully Dak's a tough kid. With two more primetime games ahead, he won't be lacking for spotlight as he tries to get back on track.

    Anthony Brown, CB

    Anthony BrownYour first interception is always special for a , but Brown put some extra sauce on this one. Covering , Brown perfectly read the play and jumped in front of Cruz to snag the ball. His coverage was flawless, and he did what so few Dallas players seem capable of by actually completing the catch.

    Other than a 61-yard touchdown by Odell Beckham, which came on 's watch, Dallas held the Giants to just 132 yards. is a major part of that effort, playing a key role while is out and battles nagging . He is easily the third-best rookie of the 2016 class.

    Kavon Frazier, S

    Frazier was active but was not visible in the game. He appears to be nothing more than an emergency option at this point.

    Darius Jackson, RB

    Having yet to dress this season, it appears Jackson's only shot at playing this year will be if Dallas has nothing to play for in one of the final regular season games. There is also the chance he could be released to make room for .

    Rico Gathers, TE

    Gathers is still on the team's ; the only drafted player to not make the 53-man roster this season.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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