Week 15 Rookie Review: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott Scuttle Tampa Bay

    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 win over the :

    Ezekiel Elliott, RB

    Ezekiel Elliott, Zeke Elliott, Buccaneers, Salvation Army KettleElliott reasserted his dominance with a career-high 159 rushing yards and a whopping 6.9 average per carry. It was a welcome sight after seemed to get too pass happy in the previous week, despite the fact that Elliott was the only thing consistently working against the Giants .

    Elliott is now 327 yards ahead of for the 2016 . He needs 258 yards in the final two weeks to break Eric Dickerson's rookie record. This is certainly doable if he's given the touches, but Dallas clinching the top seed before they play the Eagles in could get in his way.

    Last night, Elliott was named to the as a starter. This shouldn't be a surprise as the league's leading rusher, nor his high profile from college and as the Cowboys' newest sensation.

    Jaylon Smith, LB

    As expected, Smith was placed on Reserve last week. Most did not expect Smith to play in 2016 back during the draft process. Dallas will hope that the immensely talented gets right this and debuts next year.

    Maliek Collins, DT

    Maliek Collins, BuccaneersWhile was the noisiest defensive lineman in the game, Collins made plenty of impact himself. He had his fourth sack of the year and would've likely had another if Irving hadn't beat him to the QB. Collins also recovered a fumble early in the game that was forced by .

    He continues to provide exceptional, immediate value for a third-round pick.

    Charles Tapper, DE

    Tapper went on 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, Buccaneers
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    After a week of speculation about the rookie wall and if might be needed, Prescott threw water on the fire. He was back to his poised and controlled play with an incredible 89% passing, completing 32 of 36 throws. He also ran for 20 yards, one of them for a short-yardage touchdown.

    Prescott's composure in this game was a night-and-day contrast to how he looked last week against the Giants. His pocket presence and ball delivery were on point. He recognized opportunities to run better than in recent weeks. Dak never looked like he was forcing anything; the game came to him and he ran the show.

    The only question I have about Prescott now is how he'd fare in a shootout with one of the league's top quarterbacks. If we see the Packers or Falcons in the , could Prescott step up to match points with or ? He hasn't really had to play that kind of game yet.

    Last night Prescott was named to the Pro Bowl, a rare feat for any rookie and especially a .

    Anthony Brown, CB

    You didn't see much of Brown this week, and that could be a sign of his increasing reputation. It also could be because seemed focused on getting the ball to , who had on him most of the day.

    Kavon Frazier, S

    Frazier made a great play. After 's brief stay in the Salvation Army kettle, the ensuing kickoff was backed up on a . Frazier got through the blocks and stopped Josh Huff quickly at the 22-yard-line, negating any field position benefits from Elliott's celebration penalty.

    Darius Jackson, RB

    Jackson was cut last week to make room for the return of . He was claimed off waivers by the , who had the first spot in the order. It was reported that the Eagles, Giants, and 49ers also put in claims. He is the only drafted player from 2016 to no longer be with the Cowboys.

    Rico Gathers, TE

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

    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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