In 2019 the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones with the sixth pick of the draft, now it is clear that he is better than Dallas’ Dak Prescott.
Fast forward to now, and it’s clear that the New York Giants quarterback has taken over that spot. After the first couple of games last season, it appeared to some that Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott was stepping into that role, but then Danny Dimes stepped onto the field and had other plans.
Prescott was near the top of the league in passing yards in 2019, coming in second with 4,902 yards. Why can this be proven irrelevant in certain situations? The league leader was Jameis Winston with 5,109, which Winston racked up while also leading the league with an abysmal 30 interceptions.
There was even a time during the season where Prescott was the passing yards leader. At one point during that time (11 weeks in), Pro Football Focus (PFF) did a study on who the best quarterback in the NFL was at each throw and situation. Prescott was only featured on one of them, and it might be the least impressive of all 35: first-read throws.
Even when Prescott was at the top of the league in passing yards, he wasn’t at the top of the league in any throws other than the ones that were handed to him. It sounds like a story about a system quarterback.
It was interesting how as soon as the Cowboys hired highly respected Kellen Moore as the offensive coordinator, Prescott’s numbers improved. His wins, however, declined, as he finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
This, as well as the eye test, shows that there were lots of empty calories in those passing yards. Not to mention he had one of the best offensive lines in football, if not the best, a tier-one running back in Ezekiel Elliott, a tier-one wide receiver in Amari Cooper, and a still productive Jason Witten to work with.
As for Jones, he had a terrible coaching staff, a terrible offensive line, and an average group of receivers to work with. Not to mention that the offense is built to heavily feature running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram, who were both injured for a large part of the 2019 season.
Prescott has so much to work with, but can’t seem to win big games, he’s had accuracy issues that were on full display in some of the biggest moments of the season, such as week 12 at New England, and week 16 at Philadelphia. Also, he played awful football against good defenses this year, padding his stats against bad ones.
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Jones on the other hand, in just one year, showed he has the ability to separate and take over games; something Prescott is criticized for regularly. Jones is one of three quarterbacks to ever throw for at least four touchdown passes in three individual games of a rookie season. The other two? None other than Deshaun Watson and Fran Tarkenton–great company.
He’s also the only rookie to ever throw for 350 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He had two other games where he threw for over 300 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions as well.
The fact that many have even been questioning whether Prescott is the best quarterback on his team is also extremely concerning. If Andy Dalton was on the Giants, nobody would question Jones as the best QB on the roster.
The world may have already seen Prescott’s ceiling, which is underwhelming, Jones, on the other hand, has tons of untapped potential waiting to be discovered. So far, Prescott’s lived up to his mid-round draft status back in 2016, Jones certainly has shown a level of promise that Prescott hasn’t.