Cowboys news: To be true contenders, Dak Prescott must consistently be Cowboys’ best player (2023)

To be true contenders, Dak Prescott must become Cowboys’ best player on a weekly basis - Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News

There's certainly always pressure on Dallas’ signal-caller.

As Dak Prescott enters his seventh NFL season, it’s clear he must play the best football of his career for these Cowboys to become contenders. That’s because the offense will revolve around him for the first time since parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Then, he wasn’t ready to elevate the rest of the offense, so the Cowboys had to spend a first-round pick on Amari Cooper. Prescott’s career can be pretty easily broken into six chapters. Games 1-24, he took advantage of injuries to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore to become one of the league’s young stars.

Then came the struggles of 2017 and 2018, when he didn’t have a true No. 1 receiver and Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games. In a 14-game span, he passed for just 194.9 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Cooper gave the passing game stability and Prescott thrived, for the most part, since he joined. That changed last year, when Prescott was consistently inconsistent after missing one game with a strained calf. He refused to use the injury as an excuse, but it was clear he wasn’t playing his best football. Now, it’s time for Chapter 6.

5) More Reliable - Cowboys Offense or Defense? - Staff,

This offseason has made it much more difficult to decide which unit is more reliable.

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5) More Reliable - Cowboys Offense or Defense?. Nick Eatman: This question was a little harder to answer than I thought. Let's not forget, the Cowboys did rank No. 1 in total offense last year, in terms of yards. But the defense also led the NFL in turnovers and ranked among the Top 5 for the most of the year. To me, I go by the players and coaches. In terms of coordinators, Dan Quinn gets the nod over Kellen Moore. And with the players, I think Micah Parsons is the best player on this team. And Trevon Diggs isn't too far behind and when you throw in D-Law, Jayron Kearse and maybe a guy like Neville Gallimore, I really think the defense has surpassed the offense as the "best thing the Cowboys do." But here's the thing, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day. There will be games the Cowboys will rely on the defense to win. And there will be times the offense must get to 30 points to win as well. That's football. As long as neither side is a weak link, it's fine.

Buying Or Selling NFL's Latest Rumors, Buzz Entering Training Camps - Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report

Taking a look at some rumors around the NFL.

Sean Payton to Coach Again in 2023?. After 16 years as the head coach in New Orleans, Sean Payton stepped away from coaching earlier this year. But at the time, he made it clear that this siesta from the sideline isn't necessarily permanent. "I still have a vision for doing things in football," Payton said. "And I'll be honest with you, that might be coaching again at some point. I don't think it's this year, but I think maybe in the future."

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, that break from coaching may not be a long one at all—if the right job becomes available. Payton has reportedly expressed to associates that he has a measure of interest in coaching the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins should one of those jobs open up in 2023.

"The associate said warm weather, a roster good enough to compete and most importantly, control over personnel decisions," Jackson said. "Having a good quarterback would be helpful but that isn't the No. 1 or No. 2 factor, the associate insisted. On a much lower scale, the close associate said he also would prefer to work in a market where he could golf some, though his work ethic and long hours largely limit those opportunities to the offseason."

This one is equal parts buy and sell. For starters, it's not at all hard to imagine Payton expressing some level of interest in all three of these jobs. All are in warm-weather cities. All three teams have no shortage of offensive talent. Two of the three have established, high-end quarterbacks, and the third quarterback (Tua Tagovailoa) has quite a bit of potential. However, things get a little trickier from there.

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Cowboys Have a Critical Advantage in 2022 NFC East - Jess Haynie, Inside The Star

Dallas has a clear advantage at the QB spot within their own division.

When it comes to the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, where he stands in that “best passers” conversation is an evergreen hot topic. But whether you see him as NFL elite or a second-tier QB, or even if you have significant doubts about his credentials, Prescott goes into this season as the clear front-runner among his NFC East rivals.

Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is still trying to establish himself as a consistent winner. The Eagles went 8-7 in Hurts’ 15 games last season and the second-year QB had middling passing production at best. He came up short in the playoff loss to Tampa Bay, completing just 53% of his passes and throwing two interceptions.

Still, at least Hurts has shown glimpses of a future winner who’s trending upward. That’s more than the Commanders or Giants can say about their quarterbacks. Carson Wentz, now trying to resurrect his career in Washington, is coming off an all-over-the-place year with the Colts. He started all 17 games, a nice feat given his injury history, but was among the NFL’s worst in completion percentage and yardage per game. That said, Wentz did finish 10th in touchdowns and 13th in passer rating.

Cowboys roster breakdown: As Dallas heads to training camp, is a future DPOY in tow? - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News

Taking a look at Dallas’ defense as a whole.

Analysis: There is a reason the Cowboys focused on linebacker before camp started, signing free agents Jefferson and Sam. The depth leaves some room to be desired; Devante Bond’s knee injury in May during organized team activities did not help matters. Parsons, of course, is exemplary.

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An argument could be made that, after Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, he is already the second-best defender in the league. As a rookie, he finished second to T.J. Watt in voting for Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Great players elevate those around them. Lifting his fellow linebackers is part of Parsons’ challenge in Year 2. The Cowboys can get away with less depth at linebacker because of their safety usage in subpackages. Part of Jayron Kearse’s value is the versatility to drop into the box as a nickel or dime linebacker. Cox (ACL) and Clark (neck) missed the entire spring. Cox is expected to practice in Oxnard, but Clark won’t and seems unlikely to appear in a game as a rookie.

How Cowboys can get the best out of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard - Brandon Clements, Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys need to find a way to use their running back duo effectively.

Before the injury occurred in week four, Zeke was off to a solid start as he averaged over 5.3 yards a carry and averaged one touchdown a game. His rushing yards per game was at 85.5, and doing the math in a 17 game season, would’ve brought his total to 1,454 yards. The total of 1,454 yards would’ve put him second in the league behind Jonathan Taylor for the NFL rushing crown. His average of 5.3 yards a carry would’ve put him behind his backfield running mate Tony Pollard, for ninth in the NFL. Both numbers averaged out over a full season would be considered elite by most people around the league.

Unfortunately for Zeke in 2021, after the injury there was a significant drop in production. Even with the knee issue, he still gutted it out and not only started all 17 games, but reached over 1,000 yards in the process. Even with one good knee he also averaged a solid 4.2 yards a carry which happens to be slightly higher than two players ranked by those same folks in the ESPN article as top ten backs, Joe Mixon and Najee Harris.

As for Tony Pollard, there isn’t much of a conversation that needs to be had. From a statistical perspective between both Pollard and Zeke, Elliott carried the ball 65% of the time and Pollard picked up the remaining 35% of the workload. Although Elliott carried the ball 2/3 of the time, and Pollard 1/3, it’s actually a good balance considering Pollard’s receiving ability. Speaking of his receiving skills, it was reported recently at OTA’s that he was getting work in at wide receiver. That’s the other piece of the puzzle that needs to be utilized by the Cowboys offense.

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Why is Prescott from Dallas Cowboys not playing? ›

The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2022 NFL season with Super Bowl aspirations, but their playoff path hit a bump in the road Sunday night when quarterback Dak Prescott injured his right thumb while throwing a pass in a 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Who is DAK's backup quarterback? ›

Fifth-year QB Cooper Rush is the Dallas Cowboys backup. The team also has fourth-year QB Will Grier on their practice squad.

Who is Dak Prescott's number one target? ›

NFL Network's Jane Slater spotlights Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup who's emerged as quarterback Dak Prescott's top target during wide receiver Amari Cooper's absence.

Why did Dak Prescott choose number 4? ›

During the first week of rookie mini camp, he decided to switch to #4 in honor of his mother, whose birthday is on September 4. He is the first Dallas Cowboys quarterback in history to wear #4.

Who will be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback? ›

Dallas Cowboys' coach Mike McCarthy says Dak Prescott will be starting QB upon return.

What happened to Dallas Cowboys quarterback last night? ›

Prescott sustained a fractured joint near his thumb in the fourth quarter of Dallas' 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed to reporters Sunday night.

Who will backup Dak Prescott? ›

The most likely answer is simply that backup Cooper Rush, who replaced Prescott for the final six minutes of Sunday's game, will take over as the interim starter. Rush did this briefly in 2021, when he started a single game -- a Week 8 Monday night win over the Vikings -- while Prescott recovered from a calf injury.

Who is the Cowboys second string quarterback? ›

Cooper Rush
No. 10 – Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Born:November 21, 1993 Charlotte, Michigan
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
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What is Dak Prescott's career completion percentage? ›

Dak Prescott is the Dallas Cowboys career leader in pass completion percentage with 66.4. Players active with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2022 NFL season are listed in bold.

What is Dak Prescott's Completion Percentage? ›

Dak Prescott had his highest completion percentage in 2021, at 68.8 percent.
Dak Prescott2021104.2

How fast is Dak Prescott? ›

His unofficial results were 4.80 and 4.81 seconds in his two attempts.

Who is number 7 on the Cowboys? ›

Trevon Diggs
No. 7 – Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Born:September 20, 1998 Gaithersburg, Maryland
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
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Who has worn #4 for the Cowboys? ›

Interpreted as:
4Dak PrescottQB

Who is #4 on Dallas Cowboys? ›

Dak Prescott

Is Cooper Rush still with the Dallas Cowboys? ›

When it comes to the quarterback position, the Dallas Cowboys are dealing from a position of strength. Since losing starter Dak Prescott to a hand injury in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, Cowboys backup Cooper Rush has performed brilliantly.

Where is Dak Prescott playing? ›

What's going on with Prescott? ›

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (thumb) requires surgery, to miss several weeks. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is set to undergo surgery on his throwing hand and will miss multiple weeks after suffering the injury toward the end of Dallas' 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers, team owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night.

Why is Dak sidelined? ›

A late-game hand injury suffered during Sunday Night Football against the Buccaneers has sidelined Dak Prescott for the foreseeable future.

Is Dallas Cowboys quarterback out for the season? ›

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game that Prescott will undergo further medical examinations but has sustained a fracture “behind the thumb” and will miss “several games but not out for the year.”

What is Cooper Rush salary? ›

Cooper Rush signed a 2 year, $1,955,000 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including an average annual salary of $977,500. In 2022, Rush will earn a base salary of $1,035,000, while carrying a cap hit of $845,278.
Current Contract.
Contract:2 yr(s) / $1,955,000
Free Agent:2023 / UFA
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Who is number 10 for the Dallas Cowboys? ›

Kelvin Joseph Postgame Week 18 | #DALvsPHI.

Who is number 15 on the Cowboys? ›

Will Grier is wearing number 15 for the Cowboys in 2022.

Who is Cooper Rush's backup? ›

Dallas released Rush in May 2020 as they brought in veteran Andy Dalton as their new backup. The NFC East rival New York Giants subsequently claimed Rush off waivers and he began the 2020 season on their practice squad.

What quarter did Prescott get hurt? ›

Worse, Prescott fractured his thumb while he was throwing a fourth-quarter pass. He will miss several weeks because the injury requires surgery to repair, the team said; multiple news media reports put the estimate at six to eight weeks.

Who did Dak Prescott replace? ›

Dak Prescott Reportedly Named Cowboys Starting QB After Tony Romo Injury. With Tony Romo set to miss six to 10 weeks with a back fracture, per Pro Football Talk, the Dallas Cowboys will reportedly turn to rookie Dak Prescott to be the starter in Week 1, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

How tall is Schultz? ›

Who is the starting RB for the Cowboys? ›

RBEzekiel ElliottTony Pollard
WRCeeDee LambSimi Fehoko
WRNoah BrownKaVontae Turpin
WRMichael GallupJalen Tolbert
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Who is the Dallas Cowboys starting kicker? ›

The Dallas Cowboys released kicker Brett Maher ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline to have the roster at 53 players. Even after the cut, Maher is expected to be the Cowboys' Week 1 starting Kicker.

Who has the most passing yards in the NFL? ›


Who leads the NFL in deep passes 2021? ›

Joe Burrow had the highest completion percentage in 2021, at 70.4 percent.

How many endorsements does Dak Prescott have? ›

Dak Prescott Net Worth ( Updated 2022)
NameRayne Dakota Prescott
Source of WealthNFL, endorsements,
Salary$42 million
EndorsementsAT&T, Adidas, Beats by Dre, Campbell's Chunky Soup, Direct TV, 7-Eleven, New Era, Sleep Number, Oikos, Pepsi, Citibank.
Endorsement Earnings$50 million
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Who is the best quarterback in the NFL? ›

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12 is taking the field, he's the No. 1 quarterback in the league, no matter who he's throwing to (though Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones form a stacked wide receiver room). Oh, and he's also the highest-rated quarterback in Madden 23 (again), for what that's worth.

What is Dak Prescott average passing yards per game? ›

Dak Prescott passed for 278.1 yards per game in 2021.

How many times has Dak Prescott been to the playoffs? ›

Dak Prescott has a 1-3 record in the playoffs in his career.
Dak Prescott1/5/201966.7
Dak Prescott1/12/201962.5
Dak Prescott1/16/202253.5
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What is Dak Prescott's Madden 23 rating? ›

On Madden NFL 23, Dak Prescott has an Overall Rating of 88 as a Superstar X-Factor with Improviser Archetype and has a Default Running Style. The above line graph shows his Madden 23 Rating Weekly Movement while below are his Madden 23 Attributes.

What is Dak Prescott Overall Madden 22? ›

6 on the list with an overall rating of 89. That put him directly ahead of Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (88) and just behind Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller Joe Burrow (90). This is an upgrade from Prescott's rating in Madden 22, which stood at an 87 that placed him at No. 8 among NFL quarterbacks.

How fast is Dak Prescott Madden 22? ›

Russell Wilson, 85 speed. Ryan Tannehill, 84 speed. Dak Prescott, 82 speed.

Who is the most famous Cowboys player? ›

1 - Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is a Dallas Cowboys legend. Before he joined the team, he won the Heisman in college and then served the country in Vietnam. He was a hero to every team he was a part of. He led the Cowboys to four Super Bowl appearances and two victories.

Who's leading the NFL in sacks? ›

NFL Stat Leaders 2022
1 A. HighsmithPIT4.5
2 J. HughesHOU4.0
2 K. MackLAC4.0
2 D. Wise Jr.NE4.0
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Who is number 2 for the Cowboys? ›

Anthony Brown: Two Plays, Every Snap.

What is number 4 called in football? ›

The 4 is generally the holding midfielder, as through the formation evolution it was often used for the sweeper or libero position. This position defended behind the central defenders, but attacked in front – feeding the midfield.

Who Wore 1 for the Cowboys? ›

CB Kelvin Joseph – #1. CB Jourdan Lewis – #2. CB Anthony Brown – #3. RB Rico Dowdle – #23.

Who is the best QB in Dallas Cowboys history? ›

Dak Prescott may not have the playoff wins or Super Bowl rings, but no Dallas Cowboys quarterback has ever put up better numbers through their first six seasons in the league. In nearly every major passing category, Prescott tops them all, including Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and Tony Romo.

Who wore #19 for the Dallas Cowboys? ›

Miles Austin
New York Jets
Career history
As a player:
Dallas Cowboys (2006–2013) Cleveland Browns (2014) Philadelphia Eagles (2015)
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Who wore 88 for the Dallas Cowboys? ›

Dallas Cowboys legendary No. 88 legacy from Drew Pearson Michael Irvin Dez Bryant CeeDee Lamb.

Is Dak Prescott injured? ›

Prescott injured his thumb in the first game of the season against Tampa Bay, with an initial diagnosis that he would be sidelined for six to eight weeks following surgery.

Who got hurt on Dallas Cowboys? ›

Chris GodwinWRKnee
Julio JonesWRNot Injury Related
Zyon McCollumCBHamstring
Logan RyanSafetyHamstring
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Did Dak play in the pre season? ›

Prescott didn't play in the preseason last year as he continued to recover from a devastating leg injury he suffered during the 2020 season. This year, his absence from preseason action likely stems from his veteran status and a desire to keep him healthy ahead of the 2022 campaign.

What is Dak Prescott's quarterback rating? ›

Dak Prescott had a passer rating of 104.2 in 2021.

What is Dak Prescott's career completion percentage? ›

Dak Prescott is the Dallas Cowboys career leader in pass completion percentage with 66.4. Players active with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2022 NFL season are listed in bold.

Does Dak Prescott have a Tik Tok? ›

Dak Prescott (@dakpresscot) TikTok | Watch Dak Prescott's Newest TikTok Videos.

Who are the Cowboys missing? ›

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (thumb) requires surgery, to miss several weeks. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is set to undergo surgery on his throwing hand and will miss multiple weeks after suffering the injury toward the end of Dallas' 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers, team owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night.

Are the Cowboys out for the season? ›

Not only did the Dallas Cowboys get manhandled by the Tampa Bay Bucs but it seems as if they will be without Dak Prescott for several weeks after he suffered a thumb injury that requires surgery. Ben Maller has declared the season over for Dallas.

What is the roster for the Dallas Cowboys? ›

Dallas Cowboys

Why is Dak Prescott not playing preseason games? ›

He sat out last preseason and out of harm's way as he made his way back from a fractured ankle that sidelined him for the final 11 games of the 2020 season.

Does Dak play Sunday? ›

Prescott was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a right ankle injury, but he emphasized that he's fine and in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Who Does Dallas Cowboys play in preseason? ›

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys will wrap up their 2022 NFL preseason on Friday as they host the Seattle Seahawks.


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