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What did Troy Aikman say about Dak Prescott’s troubling accuracy and anticipation?

Ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (right) says Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s accuracy and anticipation have been troubling through the first five games of the season.
Ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (right) says Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s accuracy and anticipation have been troubling through the first five games of the season. Star-Telegram archives

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett have continued to laud quarterback Dak Prescott for his leadership and toughness, despite the ongoing struggles of the passing game, which ranks 29th in the league.

Garrett pointed that Prescott played well in the 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans Sunday even though he threw two interceptions and completed only six passes for 80 yards to his wide receivers.

Garrett blamed most of his woes on the team’s maligned group of receivers, saying, “Oh I think Dak is really playing very, very well. I think if you watch the game last night he did so many things to give us opportunities in the game.”

Jones echoed those sentiments on his radio show Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan and doubled down on his belief that Prescott is the franchise quarterback of the future.



“He did some things that kept us in that game the other day,” Jones said. “I’m firmly in the corner that we got a quarterback that we can build with and have for years to come in Dak Prescott. Make no mistake about it. He’s one of the reasons why we have a real chance (to win).”

Prescott is currently the league’s 27th ranked passer and is 28th in completion percentage, which are troubling statistics to Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman.

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys who is now the lead football analyst for FOX Sports, Aikman has been a fan of Prescott’s since he took over for Tony Romo in 2016.

But Aikman says Prescott’s accuracy woes and a lack of anticipation are problems going forward.

“He needs to be more accurate with the football,” Aikman said on 1310 AM The Ticket Tuesday morning. “I’ve said for many, many years, as long as I can ever remember, when I’m asked, ‘Hey, what do you look for first in a quarterback?’ The first thing I look for is accuracy because the rest of it doesn’t matter.

“It doesn’t matter how tough you are. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or what a great leader you are. None of that stuff matters if you can’t put the ball where you have to put it. I’ve seen too many errant throws in that regard, and then there needs to be a little more anticipation.

“When there’s two deep safeties, you’re looking for somebody to take the middle of the field, and that should be your first read if you have somebody who is taking the middle of the field versus those kinds of looks. I don’t see great anticipation on what a defense is doing and how might I be able to exploit that pre-snap or as the ball is snapped.”

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehiljr
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