Is aware of he’ll be judged on post-season performances
Dak Prescott hasn’t wanted any reminders this week an NFL quarterback’s legacy is constructed not on passing stats however wins.
Huge wins. Playoff wins, most of all.
After three common seasons within the league because the Dallas Cowboys’ starter, Prescott doesn’t have a type of but.
Dallas misplaced its first playoff sport in 2016, though the rookie Prescott performed fabulously in practically outduelling Inexperienced Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in an NFC divisional conflict. Prescott, then simply 23, accomplished 24-of-38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
Proprietor/GM Jerry Jones proudly declared afterward that “I do know who we at the moment are … We have now gamers that may win these huge video games.”
He meant, primarily, Prescott and the Cowboys’ rookie phenom on offence, operating again Ezekiel Elliott.
However the Cowboys didn’t attain the post-season in 2017.
Now they’re again. On Saturday night time, Prescott will get his second playoff begin in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks, within the first of two weekend NFC wild-card video games (8:15 p.m. EST, CTV through FOX).
“It’s enormous,” the 25-year-old Prescott stated. “Success from this place begins with successful playoff video games, so it’s enormous. It’s all the pieces. I don’t take note of any stat however wins and losses.
“A quarterback’s success relies on what he does within the playoffs. That’s the place the cheques get written and so they make their cash, to be trustworthy.”
Talking of which, ought to Prescott lead the Cowboys to a playoff win or two – or extra – over the subsequent 5 weeks he’d actually assist his bargaining place this coming low season.
NFL gamers on their rookie contracts can negotiate a second, long-term contract with out monetary limitations following the conclusion of their third season. Prescott’s rookie contract, as a fourth-round draft decide, is 4 years in size so it expires after 2019.
The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder from Sulphur, La., through Mississippi State has not missed a begin in his three professional seasons. He could not care a lot about his stats, however those that do can’t assist however be impressed by them. Prescott has accomplished 66% of his throws to date with a superb touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio of two.68-to-1, off 67 TDs and 25 picks. He has additionally rushed for 944 yards over his three seasons for 18 extra touchdowns.
These are the positives. Amongst Prescott’s major negatives is he’s simply plain inconsistent. His accuracy nonetheless comes and goes, which is why he wasn’t drafted till the fourth spherical. And final season, when Elliott was both distracted or lacking outright for six video games whereas serving a league-imposed domestic-violence suspension, Prescott did not make up the offensive shortfall. Ditto in 2017 when Dez Bryant out of the blue couldn’t get open anymore.
The acquisition in late October through a commerce with Oakland of dynamic vast receiver Amari Cooper additional proved that Prescott must be surrounded by game-changing playmakers to be so profitable.
His backers say, nicely, so what. No nice quarterback ever has executed it alone.
By Prescott’s personal chief success barometer, he has made the grade. He’s 32-16 (.667) as a starter within the common season, with two NFC East division championships. Solely his counterpart in Saturday’s sport – Seattle’s Russell Wilson (36) – plus Dan Marino (33), Andrew Luck (33) and Matt Ryan (33) have received extra video games from Years 1-Three than Prescott.
He has been stellar within the clutch, too – extra clutch than another passer in NFL historical past by means of three seasons, as he’s the primary to pilot 14 game-winning drives in that span.
Most lately, final Sunday in a just about meaningless win on the New York Giants. On an unbelievable 4th-and-15 play from the New York 32 with 1:12 left, and Dallas trailing 35-28, Prescott rolled arduous to his left and threw a strike throughout his physique to smurfy receiver Cole Beasley behind the top zone. Beasley made an awesome lunging catch and received a knee down. Landing. Dallas received it on a profitable two-point conversion move from Prescott.
All these Prescott-led fourth-quarter rallies are not any coincidence, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett implied Thursday.
“I simply assume he’s an incredible chief, and has been for the reason that minute he walked in our doorways,” Garrett stated “A giant a part of that’s getting guys to consider in him, and consider in us, and having that feeling be contagious all through.
“We’ve received a variety of shut video games this yr, and he’s executed a variety of nice issues on the finish of these ball video games. I simply assume it’s who he’s. Should you return to highschool, faculty and actually any sport that he has performed for us, he has sometimes demonstrated these traits, and our staff has adopted him.”
Stephen Jones, Cowboys CEO and director of participant personnel, like his father Jerry is a staunch defender and advocate of Prescott’s. After Sunday’s comeback within the Meadowlands he stated:
“Brees, Brady, Manning, Aikman, Romo – that doesn’t occur in a single day. These guys have had a variety of ball video games, and seen a variety of defences and been seasoned like no different. Dak, I maintain reminding everyone, is in his third yr. Nobody desires to be batter at what he does than him, and he’s received an insatiable urge for food to be nice. He’s received uncommon management abilities and uncommon ‘it’ issue. The most effective factor I like about him is he’s a winner”
Yet another spectacular milestone: Prescott is the primary QB in NFL historical past with 30 or extra wins and 25 or fewer interceptions over his first three seasons.
“Our job is to win, it doesn’t matter what occurs, regardless of the way you performed individually,” Prescott stated. “On the finish of the day, it’s to get the job executed. I’m excited for my alternative to be again within the playoffs after lacking final yr, however (extra) excited for this staff.”
Cowboys’ Crawford, Seahawks’ Griffin will play
Tyrone Crawford is a go for Dallas. So is Shaquill Griffin for Seattle.
Griffin, one of many Seattle Seahawks’ beginning cornerbacks, was unable to practise in any respect Tuesday or Wednesday, however participated totally in Thursday’s session and is predicted to play Saturday night time at Dallas. His twin brother, Shaquem, is a substitute rookie linebacker.
Griffin left final Sunday’s defeat of Arizona with an ankle harm.
That leaves two Seahawks gamers with an unsure standing: fullback Tre Madden (hamstring) is uncertain, and beginning left guard J.R. Sweezy (foot) is questionable.
Sweezy suffered his harm Dec. 23 and didn’t practise in any respect this week.
“Sweez has received probability,” head coach Pete Carroll stated. “He feels nice, and we’ll discover out at sport time if he can play too.”
As for Dallas, Canadian defensive lineman Crawford has totally recovered from the neck harm he suffered Dec. 23 that had at first appeared critical. The Windsor, Ont., native practised totally Thursday and was not listed among the many questionable or uncertain, that means he’s anticipated to play.
Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo didn’t practise all week but additionally is predicted to play. WR Tavon Austin (groin) and S Darian Thompson (groin) are questionable. DL David Irving (ankle) is out.