Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #4
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Should be more mobile this season

Prescott is expected to have more leeway to make plays outside the pocket this season, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The quarterback won't suddenly become a top rushing threat a la Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts, but Prescott's passing numbers throughout his career have been better when he's been on the move. He wasn't allowed out of the pocket as much in 2021 after coming off multiple ankle surgeries the prior offseason and then dealing with a midseason calf issue -- his 99 dropbacks with a rollout or scramble was the fewest of his career over a full season, even though he still posted a QB rating of 112.1 on those attempts -- but the 28-year-old appears to be fully healthy ahead of training camp and ready to use his legs again. He could also be more active again as a runner in the red zone in 2022. After scoring exactly six rushing TDs in each of his first three NFL seasons, Prescott ran for only one last year.

Jun 15, 2022 10:04 AM EST


Announces shoulder is healthy

Prescott said Monday that his left, non-throwing shoulder is "fine," and he has no limitations following surgery in February, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: When the surgery was reported in early March, it was termed a "clean-up" procedure, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. With his health not in question for the offseason program, Prescott now can focus on getting acquainted with a revised receiving corps that lost Amari Cooper via trade to the Browns and Cedrick Wilson in free agency to the Dolphins. At this point, CeeDee Lamb is the Cowboys' unquestioned top wide receiver, followed by Michael Gallup -- who tore his ACL in Week 17 -- newcomer James Washington and Noah Brown. As for the rest of the skill positions, Prescott has holdovers Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and Tony Pollard at running back and Dalton Schultz at tight end.

Mar 21, 2022 2:53 PM EST



Agrees to contract restructure

The Cowboys have restructured Prescott's (shoulder) contract, a move that that frees up about $15 million in salary cap space in advance of free agency, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: By converting a portion of Prescott's 2022 base salary into a signing bonus, the Cowboys gain added flexibility for free agent signings, as well as inking the team's upcoming draft class. The QB is bouncing back from an offseason clean-up procedure on his left (non-throwing) shoulder that isn't expected to impact his ability to participate in the Cowboys' offseason workouts. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old figures to be working with a re-tooled wideout corps this coming season, with Dallas expected to part ways with Amari Cooper and both Michael Gallup (knee) and Cedrick Wilson poised to become free agents.

Mar 8, 2022 9:41 AM EST


Late comeback falls short

Prescott completed 23 of 43 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown with an interception while rushing the ball four times for 27 yards and a second TD in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round.

Analysis: The Cowboys had a rough first half and found themselves down 23-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but Prescott led his team on two scoring drives to make things close, capping the second one with a five-yard TD run. Unfortunately, the comeback fell short when he scampered for 17 yards with only 14 seconds left on the clock and no timeouts to try and set up an easier hail mary attempt, only for the clock to hit zeros before Prescott could spike it. It was a disappointing end to a promising season for Dallas, but the QB still set career highs in completion percentage (68.8 percent) and passing touchdowns (37) while compiling 4,449 passing yards over 16 games. Even if the Cowboys lose offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and make some coaching changes in the offseason, Prescott should still be set up for success in 2022.

Jan 16, 2022 7:45 PM EST


Career high in win

Prescott completed 21 of 27 passes for 295 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Prescott was excellent in the first half, throwing for four touchdowns for the second time in his last three games. With another passing score to begin the fourth quarter - his last play of the night - Prescott set a career high in the category Saturday. The signal-caller did so while continuing to incorporate Cedrick Wilson in Michael Gallup's (knee) absence, boding well for the Cowboys' offensive options in the playoffs. While Prescott now enters the postseason on a high note, he finishes the regular season with a personal-best 37 passing touchdowns in 16 appearances as well.

Jan 8, 2022 8:20 PM EST



Tosses three TDs in losing effort

Prescott completed 24 of 38 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns while adding 20 rushing yards on five carries in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: The Dallas offense was stuck in neutral for most of the first half until Prescott hit Michael Gallup (knee) for a 21-yard TD inside the final two minutes of the second quarter, and while the QB attempted to rally the team in the fourth quarter, he eventually ran out of time. Prescott has set a new career high with 32 passing TDs on the season while topping 4,000 yards for the second time, but with the Cowboys likely locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC and little on the line, he may not see much action in Week 18 against the Eagles.

Jan 2, 2022 9:03 PM EST


Dominant in statement win

Prescott completed 28 of 39 pass attempts for 330 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 21 yards on four carries in Sunday's 56-14 rout of Washington.

Analysis: This was one of Prescott's cleanest performances of his career, and he accomplished most of it in the first half alone. The star quarterback's gaudy results are even more impressive when you consider the same Washington defense picked him off twice and held him to 211 passing yards when the two teams met just two weeks ago. Prescott hadn't quite looked like his usual self in the seven games since returning from injury, but this dominant performance against a team that was fighting for its playoff life is as great of a sign his fantasy managers could hope for at a pivotal point of the fantasy season. Prescott will look to build a hot streak in another important NFC showdown against the Cardinals next Sunday.

Dec 26, 2021 8:56 PM EST


Modest numbers in division win

Prescott completed 28 of 37 passes for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday. He also netted minus-1 yard on two rushes, lost a fumble and recovered another.

Analysis: With the Giants' offense once again helmed by the perpetually ineffective Mike Glennon, head coach Mike McCarthy could afford to keep things relatively close to the vest offensively once it became clear the Cowboys defense wouldn't be pressed much. That led to another day of modest numbers for Prescott, who did find the end zone once on a one-yard touchdown toss to Dalton Schultz late in the third quarter for the final points of the afternoon on either side. For fantasy managers riding him with him in their playoff games Sunday, the fact the Cowboys didn't aggressively attack downfield more against a New York secondary missing multiple starters had to be particularly disappointing, but the approach was more than effective to garner Prescott and his teammates another key late-season win. Prescott's next chance to come up big at a critical time of year will be a Week 16 home date against Washington.

Dec 19, 2021 1:31 PM EST


Ineffective on the road

Prescott completed 22 of 39 pass attempts for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: It was an ugly game for Prescott, who began the game reasonably well but struggled in the second half. Prescott let Washington back into the game with a fourth quarter pick-six to linebacker Cole Holcomb, who Prescott evidently just did not see before making the throw. The Washington defense has played better in recent weeks than it did at the beginning of the season, so perhaps Prescott just got the worst of Washington's unexpected ascent, but it would be difficult to rationalize any additional poor play from this point with the Giants up next in Week 15.

Dec 12, 2021 2:07 PM EST


Workmanlike effort in win

Prescott completed 26 of 40 passes for 238 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night. He also rushed three times for minus-3 yards.

Analysis: Prescott averaged a modest six yards per attempt and counted a 41-yard first-half connection with Amari Cooper as his longest completion. However, he made only one mistake, which didn't result in any points for the Saints. Prescott failed to throw multiple touchdown passes for only the second time since Week 3, but he still turned in a serviceable fantasy effort overall. He and his now healthy receiving corps will target an even more prolific performance in a Week 14 road trip to Washington a week from Sunday.

Dec 2, 2021 8:43 PM EST


Thanksgiving comeback falls short

Prescott completed 32 of 47 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. He also gained three yards on his only carry.

Analysis: The Cowboys' offence once again looked disjointed to begin the game as Prescott had trouble connecting with a somewhat ragtag group of wideouts that was missing both Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion). The quarterback found his rhythm late, however, and both Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson wound up hitting triple digits in receiving yards as Prescott led a second-half comeback that ultimately fizzled in OT. He should get at least Cooper back in the lineup in Week 13, giving Prescott a high ceiling once again as Dallas travels to New Orleans.

Nov 25, 2021 10:17 PM EST


Gets little time in pocket Sunday

Prescott completed 28 of 43 passes for 216 yards with two interceptions in Sunday's 19-9 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: His 5.0 YPA was his worst performance of the season, but Prescott was sacked five times as the Dallas offensive line couldn't offer him much protection, and he was also missing his top two targets once CeeDee Lamb was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Prescott will be hoping to get both Lamb and left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) back for a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Raiders, but if not the QB's fantasy production could be significantly curtailed once again.

Nov 21, 2021 8:05 PM EST


Bounces back in blowout win

Prescott completed 24 of 31 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 43-3 win over the Falcons. He added five yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Prescott made sure to avoid the same fate as last week, when the Cowboys dug themselves in a 16-0 halftime hole, as he capped Dallas' opening drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb. He added a nine-yard touchdown to Lamb -- who later exited due to an arm contusion -- with 1:10 to go before halftime. Prescott also accounted for all of the second-half points scored by either team when he ran it in himself from four yards out late in the third quarter. Lamb's injury isn't believed to be serious, and with Michael Gallup (calf) coming back from IR for this game, Prescott should have his full complement of receiving weapons when the Cowboys travel to Kansas City in Week 11.

Nov 14, 2021 1:10 PM EST


Produces in garbage time

Prescott completed 19 of 39 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Broncos. He added two rushes for 16 yards.

Analysis: Prescott turned in a disastrous performance for much of the game, as he entered halftime with only 75 passing yards on five completions. While his final stat line suggests that Prescott and the Cowboys picked up their performance in the second half, the vast majority of his production came once the team was down 30-0. Coming off a one-game absence caused by a calf injury, Prescott will look to get back to his prolific form for a Week 10 matchup against Atlanta.

Nov 7, 2021 2:12 PM EST


Puts in full practice

Prescott (calf) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prescott was on the precipice of returning to action Week 8 at Minnesota, but the Cowboys ultimately played it safe and made him inactive, instead rolling with Cooper Rush under center. Dallas opened Week 9 prep with Prescott as limited, as he was all of last week, but coach Mike McCarthy relayed to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Prescott was slated to have no limitations Thursday. Prescott followed up on that statement and now is poised to start Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Nov 4, 2021 1:36 PM EST


Will practice fully, play Sunday

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott (calf) is expected to practice fully Thursday and is on track to play Sunday against the Broncos, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Following a Week 7 bye, Prescott sat out last week's win over the Vikings while he continued to tend to a strained right calf. Because Prescott missed most of last season with a severe injury to the ankle of the same leg, the Cowboys may have just been taking some extra precautions by holding him out Week 8. Prescott took a positive step forward to begin Week 9 prep by practicing on a limited basis Wednesday, and if he does in fact upgrade to full activity Thursday, there's a good chance he'll enter the weekend without an injury designation. The Cowboys will release their official injury report shortly after Thursday's practice concludes, at which point it will be revealed whether Prescott did in fact take part in full or if he remained limited for the second day in a row.

Nov 4, 2021 8:29 AM EST


Remains limited Wednesday

Prescott (calf) was listed as limited on Wednesday's injury report, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys held what they called a "scaled-back practice" to kick off Week 9 preparations. According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Prescott began the session by taking part in all pre-practice work with Dallas' quarterbacks, which was a step up from focusing on rehab before jumping into drills last week. Still, Prescott's reps remained limited, like they were a week ago as he continues to get past a right calf strain. He's aiming to miss just one game as a result of the injury, but Cooper Rush is available to start in the event Prescott's absence extends to a second contest Sunday against the Broncos.

Nov 3, 2021 1:22 PM EST


Looks destined for Week 9 return

Cowboys president Jerry Jones said Tuesday "we have every reason to think [Prescott will] be on the field for us this week," Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McCarthy expressed similar confidence in Prescott's chances of suiting up Week 9 on Monday, so all indications remain that the star quarterback is trending in the right direction. Per McCarthy, Prescott is expected to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday and then log a full session Thursday. As long as any setbacks are avoided, it looks like fantasy managers can expect Prescott's calf strain to be an issue of the past by the time Sunday's contest against the Broncos kicks off.

Nov 2, 2021 6:42 AM EST


Expected to play in Week 9

Coach Mike McCarthy expects Prescott (calf) to play this coming Sunday against the Broncos, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Per Jon Machota of The Athletic, McCarthy indicated Prescott will likely be limited at practice Wednesday, but added that Prescott is in line to practice fully Thursday. Assuming no setbacks, Dallas' franchise signal-caller would then be in line to return to action in Week 9 after being made inactive for the team's 20-16 win over the Vikings this past Sunday.

Nov 1, 2021 2:53 PM EST


Sitting out Sunday

Prescott (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game at Minnesota, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Prescott strained his right calf while throwing a game-winning touchdown to CeeDee Lamb back in Week 6 at New England. Even with the benefit of a Week 7 bye, though, Prescott had limitations when the Cowboys returned to the practice field Wednesday. He increased his activity during Thursday's session to test out the calf but emerged with soreness, which was the primary reason the team treated the situation so delicately. Prescott's availability Sunday came down to a pregame workout, after which Dallas' decision makers didn't give the quarterback clearance to suit up. He'll thus yield quarterback duties to backup Cooper Rush for at least one contest.

Oct 31, 2021 3:53 PM EST


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