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Different day, same old story for Cowboy fans, as starting quarterback Tony Romo suffered yet another significant injury, this time in week three of the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks. The original diagnosis has Romo out at least six weeks with a back injury, adding to his growing list of major injuries throughout his NFL career.
With Romo under centre, the Cowboys are a surefire playoff team, boasting elite fantasy options such as wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Ezekiel Elliott. As seen last season, without Romo, the Cowboys’ offence struggles, though this was without the like of ‘Zeke and featured woeful quarterbacks such as Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore.
However, the Cowboys were able to address the issue of depth at the quarterback position in the 2016 NFL Draft, with the fourth-round selection of Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott. While this move was originally seen as one looking toward the future, Prescott proved in the preseason that the move may have actually had the present in mind as well.
Prescott, by long shot, had the best preseason of any quarterback, rookie or veteran. He put on a show out of the Cowboys’ backfield, destroying opposing defences to the tune of 454 yards and 5 touchdowns in just three games. That, paired with his astonishing 78 per cent competition percentage, on 39 of 50 passing, with zero interceptions, helps to prove Prescott as the option the Cowboys desperately need in Romo’s absence.
The poise and play calling ability of Prescott should help to ensure the value of both Bryant and Elliott as two of the top players available at their positions. Expect the Cowboys to mostly stay on track and continue upon what looked to be one of the NFL’s best offences heading into the season.
Prescott, 23, is also put in a position where he is destined to succeed, with the best offensive line in football in front of him, and other weapons such as future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten and the aforementioned Bryant and Elliott at his disposal.
He may not exactly replace the fantasy output of Romo, but Prescott is definitely worth a late-round pick and stash, and if this preseason is any indication, he could be on track to become something special.