As the Dallas Cowboys prepare for the final preseason game Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Mike McCarthy mentioned quarterback Dak Prescott along with other starters will continue their stint on the sidelines.
This brings about an age old preseason question about whether it’s better for players to go into the regular season opener “rusty” or healthy?
Dak Prescott will not take a single preseason snap for the Dallas Cowboys this season
The issue with this thinking is that one of those is far more likely while the other is just paranoia, especially when it comes to Dak Prescott. So which is likely and which is overblown? The answer is incredibly simple.
Obviously if a player isn’t on the field he runs a much lower risk of some sort of injury.
Let’s take a look back at a season ago when Dak Prescott spent most of the season and the following off-season recovering from a devastating leg injury. So when Prescott missed all four pre-season games in 2021, the concern about rust and his health were at an all time high. It’s what happened next that provides us with the answer to the same questions being brought up in 2022.
DAK PRESCOTT PLAYED 0 PRE-SEASON SNAPS IN 2021 BEFORE GOING ON TO SET THE SINGLE SEASON DALLAS COWBOY RECORD FOR TD PASSES IN A SEASON.
Was Dak Prescott 100% when the Dallas Cowboys opened the season in their shootout against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs? He actually wasn’t healthy all season. Not fully at least.
Prescott, while missing significant time in camp and, once again, never played in the pre-season went on to throw for 400 yards and 3 TDs in the 2021 opener. Not only that, but the Dallas Cowboys signal caller went on to set the single season franchise record with 37 TD passes.
So when the question comes up about whether or not Dak Prescott should get reps in the pre-season to establish a rhythm, or get in a groove the answer is it’s entirely unnecessary. It doesn’t mean the team is terrified of Dak being injured. It only means, why risk it? What good would it do? Should Prescott play a series or two or even a half it would only provide the fans with comfort to see their franchise QB sling the rock around.
The truth is, though, the Dallas Cowboys staff and players already have that comfort. They see day in and day out what the veteran is capable of as he prepares for his 7th NFL season.
The Dallas Cowboys kick off the season with a rematch against Brady and the Bucs on Sunday Night Football, Sept. 11 at 7:20pm CT.