Forgotten former Cowboys WR comes out of nowhere with bold take on Dak Prescott-Jalen Hurts debate

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Before the start of the 2022 season there was no debate as to whom the best quarterback in the NFC East was: Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys.

It's not so cut and dry now, though. After an up-and-down first full season as the Eagles starter in 2021 that ended with a humiliating playoff performance, Jalen Hurts made an enormous leap and is now (rightly) considered one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the game.

Where Hurts places in that group is open for interpretation. Some analysts are adamant he belongs inside the top five, while others thinks he's on the precipice of that tier and could join it with another strong season.

As great as Hurts was in 2022 -- a top-three finish in MVP voting is nothing to sneeze at -- it was the first year he looked the part of a franchise QB.

A number of Cowboys fans believes Prescott still has a slight edge over Hurts, and you can lump former Dallas WR Terrance Williams in that group.

The former third-round pick came out of nowhere over the weekend during an interview with Law Nation Sports to state his allegiance to Prescott while designating the Eagles starter as a run-first quarterback.

Former Cowboys WR Terrance Williams thinks Dak Prescott is better than Jalen Hurts.

"Jalen is spectacular. But to me, [Dak Prescott] and him are different, like they’re not even close. Like, Jalen is more of a runner. He’s just built that way. Dak has the luxury of, in certain games: ‘Do you feel like running for 50 yards or do you feel like throwing for 400?’ [Jalen Hurts] is more like a ‘ground & pound’ quarterback. Dak is the best of both worlds."

Williams just made enemies with all of Eagles Nation and we absolutely love it.

That said, Prescott isn't the runner he was during Williams' time with the Cowboys. Williams' last season in Dallas was in 2018, Dak's third year as the starter.

Over his first three seasons, Prescott rushed for 944 yards combined. In the four seasons since he's totaled 698 yards on the ground, which is no surprise given he suffered a dislocated ankle five games into the 2020 campaign.

While Dak is great in short-yardage situations and isn't afraid to lower his shoulder into defenders, calling him the 'best of both worlds' is a stretch.

At the end of the day, there's no sense pitting the QBs against each other. Cowboys and Eagles Twitter have been entrenched in the debate all offseason, but both are firmly top 10 players at the position.

Already a lethal runner, Hurts made an unexpected leap as a pocket passer in 2022, throwing for a career-high 3,700 yards with 22 touchdowns to six interceptions while leading the Eagles to a 14-1 record during the regular season and their second Super Bowl appearance in six years.

Prescott undoubtedly has the longer track record, but less playoff success. With a bounce-back season in 2023 that includes fewer turnovers, a possible division title and an appearance in the conference championship game, though, Prescott can reestablish himself as the QB to beat in the NFC East.

Still, you have to love Williams going to bat for his former quarterback.

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