Written by: James R. Harrison Jr. – Founder, President, & CEO (@TheGrandstandUS)
It’s no secret that longtime Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, Tony Romo, is entering the twilight of his career. Experiencing injuries at the worst possible of times throughout his career, Romo was only able to play four games last season, three of which he won. After Romo’s injury, the combination of Matt Cassel, Kellen Moore, and Brandon Weeden was only able to generate one win in their combined 12 starts for the Cowboys, leading them to one of their worst seasons in recent memory. Given Romo’s age and history of injuries, the Cowboys’ QB2 is an incredibly important spot for the franchise. Losing Kellen Moore to a broken ankle earlier this month was hugely disappointing news across Dallas, and carried weight over the airways more than any other backup quarterback’s injury would.
Fortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, the Los Angeles Rams had recently parted ways with their former starter and 27-year-old veteran, Nick Foles. Foles quickly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, reuniting with former head coach Andy Reid. This set the table for Dak Prescott, who was taken in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft out of Mississippi State University, to become the spotlight backup for Tony Romo.
Saturday night, the Dallas Cowboys traveled to Los Angeles, California to take on the Los Angeles Rams in what would be the first NFL start in Prescott’s fresh NFL career, but Prescott looked far from a rookie in his NFL debut. He put balls where only his receivers could get them. Prescott got hot quickly, and he stayed hot throughout the entirety of his time on the field, which should be seen as a very significant performance by Cowboys’ coaches and fans alike.
Prescott completed 83.33% (10 of 12) of his passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a dime to Dez Bryant in the end zone. The Dallas Cowboys offense is highly touted in the NFL East, and should be able to compete with anybody in the NFL if they are able to stay healthy with the addition of fourth-overall pick Ezekiel Elliott. But for the Dallas Cowboys, the important storyline out of Saturday’s game in Los Angeles is that they have likely found a very serviceable rookie to step into the QB2 role, one that may be used more than any other QB2 role in the NFL, and quite possibly, their starter after Romo’s days in Dallas have concluded.