Dallas Cowboys second year quarterback Dak Prescott is the NFL’s top storyline going into the 2017 season according to sports personality Colin Cowherd.
Last season, the Dallas Cowboys found nothing short of a miracle in Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. While other NFL teams scramble, bite and claw to find a franchise quarterback, the Cowboys found one late in the fourth round of last year’s NFL Draft.
The way Prescott was able to win the starting role over veteran quarterback Tony Romo was an unbelievable storyline last season. And with Romo now transitioning into retirement and a television gig, all eyes are now solely on Dak in Dallas.
Can the 2016 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year repeat or even improve on what was a terrific first season? One where Prescott lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 regular season record, home field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first round bye.
Can Prescott improve on his amazing 23 to four touchdown to interception ratio? Or improve his 104.9 passer rating, that was good enough for third best in the NFL last season? Can Dak up his 67.8% completion percentage, fourth highest among his peers in 2016?
It’s these type of questions that have well-known sports media commentator Colin Cowherd proclaiming that Prescott’s progress (or lack thereof) in Dallas is the biggest NFL storyline to follow going into the regular season.
"“…the number one story in the NFL: Can Dak [Prescott] keep rolling with Dallas?” said Cowherd on his nationally syndicated radio show and FS1 television program, The Herd, this week. “Listen. We know Dallas has good offensive players. We know Ezekiel Elliott is here to stay. We know the offensive line’s great. But these rookie quarterbacks that go out and post big numbers, that second year for Matt Ryan, that second year for RG3, that second year for a lot of these quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, doesn’t look anything like the first year.”"
Undoubtedly, Prescott will do everything he can to improve on his impressive rookie campaign. But he will certainly find it hard-pressed to exceed his shocking accomplishments from last year. Not only do the Cowboys face a much tougher schedule than they did last season, but now there is a year’s worth of NFL game tape on Dak that opposing defensive coordinators can obsess over.
Without the looming shadow of Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys are now Dak Prescott’s team outright. And much of the team’s success lies squarely on his shoulders. Where the 23-year old quarterback goes in 2017, so goes America’s Team. And that in itself is enough to make Dak the top storyline going into the NFL regular season.