Jerry Jones doubles down on support for Dak Prescott
Jerry Jones has again come to the defense of Dak Prescott, arguing the third-year Dallas Cowboys quarterback has all the skills, tools and intangibles desired in a franchise quarterback.
“Because I’ve seen him do the things that give you long-term promise for a quarterback,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “He’s extraordinarily diligent in his preparation. He carries preparation as good as anybody I’ve ever seen from the class room to the practice field. And then from the practice field to the game.
“That’s a huge ingredient when it comes to the quarterback. He needs to be able to, frankly, outwork everybody. And he does.”
Jones’ comments in support of Prescott doubled down on what he said earlier this week about the much-maligned signal-caller. The Cowboys owner/general manager insisted Prescott is the team’s “long-term” solution at quarterback.
“He does have all the tools,” Jones added of Prescott on Friday. “He’s got the arm. He’s got the size. He’s does have passing instincts. And of course if you were going to complain or critique, you have to look at what we’ve done passing in those last 10 games. But I know where we’re trying to go with him and the receiver corps.”
Prescott stumbled out of the gate in the season’s first six weeks, completing 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,144 yards with seven touchdowns to four interceptions, resulting in a paltry 85.5 rating.
Prescott did appear to right the ship to some degree in Week 6’s 40-7 throttling of the Jacksonville Jaguars, when he posted a 107.5 rating along with two touchdown passes. Prescott also rushed for 78 yards and another score in the blowout victory.
The initial struggles this season, however, mark a troubling continuation of Prescott’s productivity during his subpar sophomore NFL season, a disappointing campaign that followed an outstanding rookie season.
Prescott, though, will get the chance to build on his solid game last week when the Cowboys (3-3) head to D.C. to take on the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins (3-2) on Sunday.