CLEVELAND -- The Dallas Cowboys selected Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft hoping to add depth to the quarterback position after struggling their way through the 2015 season with multiple replacements for oft-injured starter Tony Romo, but as plans will go, plans will go awry.
While Prescott was pressed into service because of the broken back Romo suffered during the preseason, the Cowboys have started the season 6-1 and hold a two-game lead in the NFC East Division with the rookie at the helm of the offense.
“Oh my God, he is playing extremely well,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He is a young ascending player, plays with a lot of poise, runs their offense extremely well. He has done a great job.
“Obviously, Tony Romo is not playing, so I think they found the right guy for their offense and fits what they do, and he has done it extremely well.”
Prescott has completed 144 of his 221 attempts for 1,773 yards and nine touchdowns against two interceptions, and the pocket has been kept clean by a talented offensive line that has surrendered only 11 sacks in seven games.
Because of the offensive line, Prescott has been able to take advantage of the talent around him, particularly wide receivers Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley, as well as tight Jason Witten.
Beasley leads the Cowboy with 37 catches for 443 yards and three touchdowns, while Witten and Bryant have combined for 553 yards and three scores on 45 receptions.
“He is playing with a tremendous supporting cast, arguably one of the best offensive lines in all of pro football, one of the best receivers in all of pro football and one of the best tight ends in all of pro football,” Jackson said.
“I am not saying that is just what it is. It is a combination of all of those things that have made him execute at a high level. He is getting great coaching. Obviously, they have created the right environment for him, so I think when you factor all those things in, you have a chance to have success. I think that is what he is doing. He is taking advantage of the opportunity.”