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Was the trade for Amari Cooper really made to evaluate Dak Prescott more extensively?

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There is a growing thought that the Dallas Cowboys decision to acquire receiver Amari Cooper in a trade from the Oakland Raiders last week has put more pressure on quarterback Dak Prescott to perform.

And that finally having the presence of a No. 1 receiver would help the Cowboys evaluate Prescott as their quarterback of the future.

Owner Jerry Jones debunked both of those myths on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday. He said he remain sold on Prescott and that any concerns about his future are not what some people are making it out to be.

Jones said the Cowboys have been evaluating Prescott since he took over for Tony Romo as a rookie in 2016.

Despite the struggles of the passing game in 2018, Jones said Prescott has proven to be a quarterback they can win with. And he showed that again in the 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins when he passed for a season-high 273 yards and brought the Cowboys back to within a missed field goal of tying the game as time expired.

Jones said Cooper is more about helping the Cowboys win with Prescott, not evaluating him.

“I didn’t really weigh that too much in the decision on Cooper,” Jones said. ”That will come just by the nature of playing the games in the key position that Dak holds for us. It is not the issue, the evaluation of Dak as to the future, is not the issue that some would have it be. We just want to now get ourselves in a position so Dak can execute in a game-winning way. And that’s it, pure and simple.

“He’s really had the opportunity to be evaluated if you want to use the word and use the exercise of evaluation. What we want to do is take a look at Washington and come out of Washington with Dak having contributed in the way he did in Washington. Now, I understand that he had a couple of fumbles. But with the way he competed and what he did in Washington, at that position, we can win a lot of games. With the way he played, we can win a lot of football games for the Dallas Cowboys.”

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