With free agency and the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Dallas Cowboys now look forward to OTAs and training camp leading up to the start of the 2018 season. With that in mind, I will be breaking down the roster by position. Today we will take a look at the quarterbacks.
Let’s start with the man that will be responsible for leading the Cowboys offense in 2018, Dak Prescott. Prescott will be entering his third season at the helm for Dallas, and overall you would have to say he has had a successful start to his career.
In his first two seasons, Prescott has thrown for 6,991 yards, 45 touchdowns, and only 17 interceptions. While those stats are pretty amazing, the most impressive stat for Prescott is his 22-10 win/loss record. He did have one terrible stretch in 2017, which caused some fans to question if he can be the long-term answer at quarterback. However, that poor play for Prescott did coincide with Ezekiel Elliott being suspended and Tyron Smith being injured.
Most NFL QB’s would struggle without their Pro Bowl running back and All-Pro left tackle. Prescott will attempt to silence the doubters in 2018 and prove that he is a franchise QB. If he can do that the Dallas Cowboys will be a playoff contender, but if he can’t then the fans will not be the only ones doubting him.
The number two quarterback on the depth chart currently is Cooper Rush. Rush turned a lot of heads last preseason. As a rookie he played in all four Cowboys preseason games, completing 38 of his 51 attempts. He also threw for 6 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rush will enter his second season hoping to build on what he did as a rookie. He will be looking to hold onto the backup quarterback job, but that will be easier said than done. In order to keep the backup job, Rush will have to beat out rookie Mike White.
The Cowboys did something they don’t normally do when they selected Mike White with their fifth-round pick in last month’s draft. The Cowboys rarely use draft picks on quarterbacks but they saw something in White that intrigued them. In two seasons as a starter for Western Kentucky, White threw for a ridiculous 8,540 yards, 63 touchdowns, and only 15 interceptions.
With Dak established as the starter, it will be very interesting to see who emerges between Cooper Rush and Mike White. Will the Cowboys be willing to carry three QB’s on the roster, or will they try to sneak White or Rush through to the practice squad? Those could end up being tough decisions for Dallas to make, but on the bright side, it’s been a long time since Dallas had multiple viable options at the quarterback position. That could be the case in 2018 and if you are going to have a problem, having too many good quarterbacks is a good problem to have.
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