Once again, as Tony Romo waits in the wings to possibly get his job back, Dak Prescott continued to impress as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Prescott has been so steady and so dominant that even owner Jerry Jones’ eyes lights up almost weekly when talking about the rookie from Mississippi State.
“I think I’m the most happy about is, I just can’t believe that Dak is getting these reps,” Jones said following the Cowboys’ 35-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. “When I have to not only see 7-1 (record), but I see our future out there and I see a young guy who has eight full games of snaps and situations and played through them, and you just don’t get to do that in the NFL.”
Prescott completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a passer rating of 141.8. That was in stark contrast to last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles when Prescott registered his lowest rating — 79.9 — in guiding the Cowboys to a come-from-behind overtime victory.
Sunday’s rating was Prescott’s best of the season and a team record for a rookie quarterback.
On his stellar performance at FirstEnergy Stadium, Prescott said: “It was more about concentrating on my footwork, driving off of my back foot and I feel like I did a good job with it throughout the game. I felt myself a couple of times on my back foot, so that’s something I’ll go back and check on film to see if I made progress.”
A fourth-round draft pick, Prescott continues to make believers out of anyone who dares to doubt him. His leadership has helped the Cowboys roll up over 400 yards in total offense in six consecutive games, which is a team record.
“The guy is outstanding,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said. “The poise, the way he handles himself, the way he carries himself, the way he keeps people lifted.
“I wanted to say some things about the holding (penalty), but Dak was like, ‘Let’s just get it right. You are good.’ We need people like that. I was like, “OK, it’s erased. Let’s move on to the next play.’ ”
That’s Prescott’s mantra. Flush the bad play and move on to the next one.
“I’ve got to manage the offense and that includes managing the people, the attitudes and emotions,” Prescott said. “Dez is a guy we need — we don’t need him getting emotional.
“They’re going to hold him, we know that. Flags are going to come and they might not come, but we cannot let that affect our game.”
The quarterback-starved Browns passed on Prescott eight times during last spring’s NFL Draft. But he didn’t let that affect his game on Sunday.
“They didn’t pass on me today,” Prescott light-heartedly said.
“I think that chip on my shoulder grew the moment they passed on me. I don’t necessarily bring it up each week,” said Prescott, who has led the Cowboys to seven consecutive wins. “Like I said, I’d have to do that every week and every day at practice as well.”
Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott knows there are probably more than a few teams scratching their heads wondering how Prescott slipped through the cracks.
“I’m sure there are lot of teams regretting not taking him, but I’m happy he’s here,” said Elliott, who rushed 18 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns. “Dak’s grown to be one of my best friends.
“We’ve been through all this together and been there for each other every step of the way. It’s just fun to go out there and have a successful season with him.”