Under the guidance of Jason Garrett, Dak Prescott has grown as a passer in this league. His 4,902 yards passing, 30 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in 2020 is all the proof you need. But there is one aspect to Prescott’s game that the previous coaching staff failed to exploit, his legs. With his size and athletic ability, Prescott’s legs could be the key to another Dallas Cowboys title.
During Prescott’s time at Mississippi State he racked up 2,521 yards rushing and 41 touchdowns and this was in the SEC, the toughest conference in college football. The Bulldogs ran a spread offense that opened up space for Prescott to exploit by running. Now in the NFL, Prescott looks like he could be placed in the same situation as he was in college.
Take a look at Prescott’s college run against LSU.
That is the Dak Prescott Cowboys fans thought they were going to get, someone like Russell Wilson who developed into an elite quarterback. Wilson’s ability and freedom to use his legs to buy time or gain chunks of yards to keep the offense on the field makes him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league. Prescott has the potential to do the same especially after the season he had throwing the ball last season.
When you add wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and the athletic tight end Blake Jarwin to an already powerful offense, teams are going to be spread out to make sure Prescott isn’t going to beat them with his arm. They will also be focusing on running back Ezekiel Elliott and his ability to beat teams. Those two things combined open up the playbook for head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to design plays that give Prescott the opportunity to beat teams on the ground all kinds of situations, including short yardage and goal line situations.
We know Prescott can do it, he’s done it when given the opportunity or when plays breakdown.
If McCarthy and Moore give the Cowboys a new wrinkle in the offense by adding Prescott as a runner, it could take this team to a whole new level, and it could finally push Prescott into the elite quarterback conversation.