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Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension aided Dak Prescott’s development

Jerry Jones said this week that Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension may have come with one positive in that it helped usher along Dak Prescott’s development as a quarterback.

Elliott will serve the final game of his six-game suspension in Week 15, sitting out the Cowboys’ Sunday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders. After dropping the first three games with their top running back out, the Cowboys have rattled off consecutive victories over the division-rival Washington Redskins and New York Giants to improve to 7-6 on the season.

Despite the 2-3 record in Elliott’s absence, Jones likes what he has seen out of the second-year quarterback.

“It hurt us to miss Zeke, but as far as Dak is concerned, we’ve got a better player for having gone through this,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by way of Pro Football Talk. “I don’t recommend it for the Cowboys of course, but we got a better player. We got a better future because he’s gone through this period of time without Zeke.”

The notion that Elliott’s absence conceivably hastened Prescott’s development makes sense. Without a sturdy, often dominant, running back to rely upon in the offense, Prescott has been forced to shoulder the load and lead the team. In the Cowboys’ two recent victories, Prescott has passed for 434 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

While the Cowboys will of course gladly welcome back Elliott into the fold, the six games he sat out may pay dividends down the line for their young and still developing franchise quarterback.