Dallas Cowboys Will Face Tough Decision with Dak Prescott
As a rookie, Dak Prescott looked like the franchise quarterback the Dallas Cowboys had been longing for. A year and a half later, the former Mississippi State star has been a turnover machine and his future does not look nearly as bright as it once did. Don't tell that to team owner Jerry Jones who has repeatedly said he will extend Prescott's contract after the season. "Listen, Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this morning. "He's young and he's going to get extended."
Through eight games this season, Prescott has thrown for 1660 yards with 10 touchdowns and five picks. He has also lost four fumbles and taken 28 sacks. His team is 3-5 and in third place in a very winnable NFC East Division. The Cowboys also traded their first round pick in 2019 to the Oakland Raiders acquire receiver Amari Cooper. In his debut last night, the former fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Although Cooper's production led the team, he will need to deliver bigger performances to justify the trade. He is the most talented receiver on the roster and a #1 target for Prescott.
Dallas has a pair of tough road games over the next two weeks against the Eagles and Falcons. Unless the team suddenly comes up with the right combination on both sides of the ball, America's Team could be staring at a 3-7 record with only six games left to play. That might doom head coach Jason Garrett, but Jones might be much more inclined to wait until after 2019 before he throws a huge extension at his 25-year old quarterback.