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Jerry Jones meets with Peyton Manning, discusses Dak Prescott

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went 13-3 his rookie season, while Peyton Manning was only 3-13.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went 13-3 his rookie season, while Peyton Manning was only 3-13. Special to the Star-Telegram

Jerry Jones met with retired legendary quarterback Peyton Manning at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday. The Cowboys owner wouldn’t reveal the agenda for the meeting, but Jones said he would pick Manning’s brain about Dak Prescott.

Jones sees similarities between the Cowboys rookie sensation and the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.

“Peyton Manning, as talented as he was, as close to any player I’ve ever know of or ever seen maximize a lot of his potential,” Jones said Saturday. “I must say that I don’t know that anybody has ever gotten it all. We’ve all heard just how little of our potential that we really do maximize.

“…Everything that we have seen, Dak has those kinds of qualities that when you think of Peyton Manning, you think of how he really developed his skills, how hard he worked at it and how he really left [no stone unturned], how he addressed every nuance of his game and that’s my picture of Peyton and I know it to be accurate. I think that might be Dak’s finest quality, his ability to look for every way he can to get better and continue to do it, so I think there will be really dramatic improvement. And you have every reason to think so because he just left Mississippi State for all practical purposes and you see how he took what he was getting from meetings, what he was getting from the coaching, what he was getting from guys like Romo, what he was getting from everybody, seeking it out. His ability to get people to give it to him. All those things. I think at the end of the day that might be his best quality.”

Prescott replaced Tony Romo and won 13 games as a rookie with 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 104.9 passer rating. Manning won three of 16 games, threw for 3,739 yards with 26 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and a 71.2 passer rating in his first of 17 seasons.

Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.

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