Dak Prescott went down last season in week five against the New York Giants with a compound fracture to his right ankle, but before that, he was putting up numbers that had him on course for a number of records in the league.
Dak Prescott was balling in 2020 before he got injured! 🔥
Will he be the Dallas Cowboys QB next season? pic.twitter.com/2ZIMGsl02j
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) March 4, 2021
The former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had thrown for 1,856 yards, had nine passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and a 68% completion rate. If he had continued at anywhere near that kind of rate, a first MVP Award was almost certain to go his way.
Sadly for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, he had to miss the rest of the campaign and go through a gruelling rehab programme to get himself ready for the 2021 season. He’s being tipped by many former players in that position, including the 2020 Comeback of the Year, Alex Smith, to make a big impact on his return.
New Contract Finally Signed
The 27-year-old is now fully fit and has a new four-year contract with ‘America’s Team’, which means any talk about him leaving the Cowboys in the near future is put to bed. His contract, two years in the making, is worth $160 million to him, $126 of which is guaranteed. He’s now one of the highest-paid players in the league, a reflection of how highly he’s regarded within Dallas.
Prescott will be keen to make up for the lost time. With Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb to throw to, as well as Ezekiel Elliott behind him at running back, the quarterback has one of the best offences in the NFL. Those players will all be delighted that their offensive leader is returning to the field.
The two-time Pro Bowler revealed he was fully recovered and was back in training in May. This is good news for the Cowboys as it means their starting quarterback can take part in their full training programme. He will also be available for selection in their preseason games.
Cowboys Expected To Improve On 2020 Record
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is heading into his second season with the franchise. He will be desperate to improve on his side’s 6-10 record and reach the playoffs this time. Having Prescott at his disposal certainly helps his cause.
The NFC East has American football odds of +2800 for the Super Bowl. They have not reached the NFL’s Championship game since 1995 when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. Few would have thought back then that they’d still be waiting 26 years and counting for another appearance in the biggest game in the sport.
In Prescott, they have a quarterback who they sincerely believe will help them return to success. This will be his sixth season in the NFL and he has shown tremendous progress since he was first drafted in 2016.
Prescott and the Cowboys feature in the NFL’s KickOff Game this season when they take on the Super Bowl winners Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 9. That is going to be a tough game to return to for the quarterback but one he will relish being involved in.