Just when the Dallas Cowboys were having high hopes of their franchise quarterback leading them to the promise land, disaster struck….again.
Tony Romo was injured on Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks as he was tackled awkwardly while being sacked by Cliff Avrill. Romo left the game being diagnosed with a lower back injury and two days later an MRI revealed that he has a broken back. He is expected to miss at least four to six weeks. At 36 years year’s old, Romo has a history of injury problems so questions about his durability for the future will be a problem.
Enter Dak Prescott. The fourth round rookie quarterback from Mississippi State has been playing very well this preseason throwing for 454 yards, five touchdowns, while completing 78 percent of his passes, and a passer rating of 137.8. All of stats lead the NFL this preseason. Though these are some big shoes to fill, Prescott has shown improvement from his college days and will have a good supporting cast to help him succeed.
The key to a great offense is having a solid offensive line and the Cowboys have already established that. With Tyron Smith, Zach Martin, Travis Frederick, Doug Free, and La’el Collins virtually anyone could run behind that line and become a 1000 yard rusher. DeMarco Murray had his best season in 2014 with the Cowboys behind that line. Romo probably had his best season that same year behind that line in which he led the NFL in passer rating and completion percentage. Last season Darren McFadden managed to get 1000 yards despite the injuries to Romo and Dez Bryant. Prescott will have great blocking upfront from these veterans. This might be the best gift you can give a rookie quarterback who will probably be the future of your team
Prescott will not be the only rookie in the backfield as a future superstar will be joining him. The Cowboys first round pick from this year’s draft, Ezekiel Elliot, was brought in to help carry the load after an illustrious career at Ohio State. They plan to utilize Elliot’s skill sets to become an elite running back in the NFL. After what we saw in the preseason game against the Seahawks, Cowboy fans have something to be excited about. With a run game that can wear down defenses all game, this will take less pressure off of Prescott to perform. The help of newly acquired veteran Alfred Morris, the run game will help provide a solid one-two punch out of the backfield.
With all the help up front, there are plenty of weapons that will need to be fed that can make the offense go. Dez Bryant is back after a rough 2015 season and is out to prove he is still one of the best receivers in the game. Jason Witten is still one of the most reliable tight ends in the game entering his 13th year in the league. Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams are back and can be reliable targets especially on third down. Brice Butler is another young receiver that has shown promise in the preseason and should be another target to help Prescott out.
Prescott looks to be the future of the Cowboys. Watching him in these preseason games, he has looked very poised in the pocket and has made some nice throws. Despite him being more of a dual-threat quarterback in college, his work in the off season has allowed him to step into a great opportunity. With him and Elliot in the backfield and Bryant on the outside, this team might be the second coming of those Super Bowl winning teams in the 1990’s with Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, and Michael Irvin. It might too early to compare but there is a lot of opiumism in Dallas this year.