Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have two games under their belts as members of the Dallas Cowboys. Those games have both been against NFC East division rivals. One game was at home, one on the road. After a tough loss to the New York in their debut they walked off the field victorious after helping Dallas defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23 in their second career NFL game.
In a season in which much wasn’t expected of him, Prescott has been impressive every time he’s stepped on the field. The urgency and expectations for him to play well skyrocketed when Tony Romo went down with a back injury in the preseason.
Last season Dallas was ranked 22nd in total offense and 27th in passing offense. Obviously this was impacted by the absence of not only Tony Romo but also wide receiver Dez Bryant. This year through two games, the Cowboys are ranked 18th in passing offense.
Ask yourself this question: are you more comfortable with Dak Prescott controlling the Cowboys offense through two games in 2016 than you were with any of the quarterbacks not named Tony Romo in 2015?
Be honest. Things are much better. It’s as different as night and day and it’s not going unnoticed.
Dez Bryant on Dak Prescott: "The dude is a hell of a football player. The way that he takes control of this offense is amazing."
— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) September 18, 2016
This isn’t the first time that Bryant has gushed about Dak. In the preseason he tweeted that Dak was the truth.
Prescott has players from the 1980’s reminiscing about a Hall of Famer who made his name down in Houston.
Watching Dak Prescott throw reminds me of catching passes from Warren Moon. (In practice!) Same mechanics! @WMoon1
— David D. Davis (@ddavster) September 13, 2016
David Davis is a coach, teacher, mentor and friend that I was fortunate enough to be able to meet this summer. He was a wide receiver on the Houston Oilers practice squad from 1987-89. He tweeted this about Prescott after last week’s game against the Giants. He would definitely be able to recognize the similarities between Dak and the great Warren Moon. High praise indeed.
Prescott has also taken care of the football exceptionally well, the next interception he throws will be his first.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 18, 2016
Speaking of Warren Moon, Prescott just surpassed Moon’s rookie record of 72 consecutive passes without an interception. He now sits at 75 and counting. This is not a knock on Moon, but Prescott has accomplished this feat with a lot less seasoning. Due to the fact that he went undrafted out of college (yep, ludicrous) Moon had to take his talents to the CFL where he played six seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos before he played his first NFL game with the Oilers.
This makes Prescott’s solid start all the more impressive.
Ezekiel Elliott is also finding his groove as he adjusts to life as an NFL running back. He rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown but seemed to be in too big of a hurry to let the holes and plays develop naturally. He was trying to hit a home run with every run.
He was much more patient against Washington and it showed to the tune of 21 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. On the down side he had two fumbles so there were some rookie bumps and bruises that had to be endured. That overshadowed the strides he made and it is all that he has been focused on.
Ezekiel Elliott: "I gotta be better. It really doesn't matter what I did. I had those two fumbles and that's what's important."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 18, 2016
Zeke: "Whenever the ball is in my hand, it's my responsibility to protect it. I gotta go out there and protect the ball. That's my job."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 18, 2016
Elliott is right, the fumbles can’t happen. Head coach Jason Garrett reiterated those sentiments too. No doubt those miscues are eating away at him and he’s eager to get out on the field and rectify things to get this bad taste out of his mouth. Despite putting the ball on the ground twice Elliott, like Prescott, has surpassed a Hall of Famer at his position.
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT – 1ST 2 GAMES OF CAREER:
• 134 yards
• 2 TDs
EMMITT – 1ST 4 GAMES OF CAREER:
• 104 yards
• 2 TDs pic.twitter.com/K2ZY53HBbM
— Marcus™ (1-1) (@MarcusDMurphy) September 18, 2016
Prescott and Elliott’s careers are both in their infancy but these are some noteworthy accomplishments. I am not enshrining either one of them in Canton right now but both of these young fellas are off to nice starts in their rookie seasons. If they continue down these paths the future in Dallas will remain bright for quite some time.