Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has become a national headline in the sports world since taking over the team in 2016. He threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns. The performance earned him the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Even now, however, people are saying that Prescott will suffer a sophomore slump for different reasons. There are several reasons why he will not suffer a sophomore slump.
1. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Going into his second NFL season, Prescott will still have most of the talent he had in 2016 around him, including wide receiver Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten and running back Ezekiel Elliott, among others. Not only that, but a new target has come to town.
Ryan Switzer comes to the Cowboys after receiving 10 touchdowns from a mediocre quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky during the 2016 season at the University of North Carolina. With Prescott throwing to him, both Switzer’s and Prescott’s numbers will improve from 2016.
2. Running Toward a Great Season
The offensive line losing two starters in Doug Free and Ronald Leary doesn’t really affect how Prescott will play this season either. The only thing it may affect for him is how often he finds himself running out of the pocket. Even if he does that, he can still make plays.
Prescott has always been known to run the ball well. When he was at Mississippi State, he rushed for a combined 2,521 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also impressed with his rushing last season. He rushed for 282 yards and six touchdowns.
With all the talent around him and the talent he brings, there’s no way Prescott suffers a sophomore slump. The same can’t be said for Elliott, however.
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Zeke led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. Many argued that the performance was due to the offensive line the Cowboys had in 2016. Those people may be right.
1. Missing Gaps in the Offensive Line
Now that two members of the offensive line are no longer with the team, that could possibly affect the team’s rushing game. No one knows how La’el Collins moving to right tackle and Chaz Green kicking inside to guard will pan out. Doug Free and Ronald Leary were quality, proven NFL starters, replacing them will be no easy task.
2. Defense Wins Championships (and stops Elliott in his tracks)
The Cowboys faced a lot of difficult defenses last season, in 2017, it’s more of the same and then some. They’ll face a much improved Philadelphia Eagles defense twice as well as the Giants and Washington Redskins. With a first place schedule on the horizon and defensive stalwarts like Von Miller, Patrick Peterson, Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald chomping at the bit, it will be extremely difficult for Elliott to duplicate the success of his rookie season.