Tyler Biadasz explains why Cowboys fans should be grateful for Dak Prescott
It’s been an interesting couple of years for Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz. When he was drafted by the Cowboys in 2020, he knew he’d be a backup behind Joe Looney even though the team was scrambling for a starting center without Travis Fredrick for the first time. Biadasz got a chance in 2020 when Looney got hurt, but the young center ended up on the IR himself.
Despite doubts about his strength and ability, Biadasz earned the starting center job in 2021. He played all 18 games last season, which is something that no other offensive lineman on the roster was able to do. While he improved his stats from his rookie year (seven fewer QB hurries, 11 fewer pressures, and three fewer sacks), he has yet to come anywhere close to the durability and skill of Fredrick.
Additionally, the center (among many others) came under serious fire after the baffling final seconds of the Wild Card loss against the San Francisco 49ers. While fingers were pointed in many places, many blamed the 24-year-old for trying to set the ball on his own in the midst of the ongoing chaos.
In a recent appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” Biadasz told the crew that he’s seen the game over and over again and the team has repped it all out in practice.
Peter Schrager also asked Biadasz about his starting quarterback. Schrager mentioned the fact that Dak Prescott is the recipient of constant ridicule, but wanted to know how the Cowboys center felt about having Prescott in the huddle.
He only had positive things to say.
Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz compliments Dak Prescott’s leadership, work ethic, and resilience in a TV segment
What really made Biadasz respect the Cowboys QB was his resilience in coming back from a gruesome injury. The center said he’s never seen anyone with a work ethic like Prescott’s:
"“The resilience that I saw coming into the league, after having a couple of games with him in 2020, and then his rehab after his injury. By far, I’ve never seen a work ethic like that. And his mentality coming in after a gruesome injury. He would literally be at the facility, not kidding, honestly, like that whole day. Eight hours, go home, do more rehab, come back, throw, everything. That whole offseason.”"
Aside from his demeanor and leadership on the field, Biadasz is also inspired by who his quarterback is as a human being. He complimented Prescott’s work with his Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation.
It seems the example that Prescott set motivated Biadasz to do his own work in the community. The center is very active with a charity called Blocking Hunger which works with low-income children in the Dallas area who struggle with not having enough food to eat.
While it’s nice to know that Biadasz does good work off the field, he will need to prove to Cowboys Nation that he can do just as well in games. For the first time since his arrival, the center has some stiff competition heading into training camp with four centers currently on the roster including UDFA’s Alec Lindstrom and James Empey.
The Wisconsin product has a lot to prove in his third year. His experience will likely earn him the starting spot for Week 1, but he definitely has young guys on his tail if he slips up.