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It’s Dak’s Day In Dallas

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In 2001, veteran but somewhat star-crossed quarterback Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury, opening up the stage for a young and lightly thought of backup quarterback named Tom Brady. The Patriots were believed to be dead in the water, but instead went on to win the Super Bowl, launch a dynasty, and a place in Canton, Ohio is reserved for Brady when he decides to call it quits.

Tony Romo is a veteran. And he’s clearly been star-crossed, both in his inconsistency in the postseason and he propensity to get injured. Waiting in the wings is rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, a 4th round pick in the NFL draft who had talent coming out of Mississippi State, but was also passed up by every team in the NFL at least three times. It’s safe to say that no one thought he was a future star. Now we shall see, thanks to a fractured bone in the back of Romo’s back that will keep him out for at least six games.

The good news for the Cowboys is two-fold. First, the injury to Romo isn’t nearly as bad the one suffered by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. As http://www.bettingsports.com/ reports, the injury was severe enough that if not for the quick actions of the Minnesota training staff, he could have lost his leg. As it stands, he’s lost for the season. And the second bit of good news for the Cowboys is that when compared to the highly touted duo of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, Dak actually looks to be the best of the bunch. At least he’s been playing the best through the preseason, completing 78% of his passes. In fact if the NFL was to award MVP awards for preseason play, Dak would be the favorite.

August football notwithstanding, the real question for the rookie QB, and the Cowboys, is can he win games in September. There are reasons for Cowboys fans to both optimistic, but cautiously so.

The most important thing for a rookie, especially at quarterback, is to be poised. And Dak has looked confident, steady in the pocket, and relaxed each time he’s taken the field. That is a very good thing.

But, the defenses that he’s been seeing are very watered down versions of what he’ll see when the games count for real. He’s also done much of his damage against second stringers. It’s one thing to remain relaxed in the pocket when a player who may get cut before the season begins is the one trying to sack you. It’s another thing entirely when that person is Jason Pierre-Paul, as it will be in Week 1 when the Giants come to town.

The longest of long shots would be for Dak to replicate the success of Tom Brady back in 2001. But there’s also no reason to think that he will regress in the regular season and suddenly look like a player out of his depth. He spent three years starting in the best conference in college football, and now, for better or for worse, he’s the man in charge of the Cowboys offense.


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