Will the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott stats be better or worse without Cooper and Wilson?
As ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky mentioned, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is under a lot of pressure heading into 2022 for a lot of reasons. For starters, he went from having conversations for league MVP last year to ending the season being accused of being in a slump. Not exactly the performance Dallas Cowboys fans expect from a guy with a huge contract. Last year aside, Prescott will now enter the 2022 season after its first completely healthy offseason in several years.
Having a full offseason to work with his receivers is great news for Prescott. The problem? His favorite target (Amari Cooper) and a receiver who became a surprisingly consistent target in 2021 (Cedrick Wilson) are now gone. The Cowboys QB is expected to lead his team to the playoffs and hopefully go further than last year without two players he has established serious relationships with.
The 28-year-old now has to find a way to get wins and build momentum early on with a wide receiver he has previous experience with given that Michael Gallup is expected to miss a few games in early 2022. is not fully established as the infallible leader of the franchise, many expected him to be.
So what will be the balance between his improved health and his loss of key parts of his recipient body? It’s likely that without Gallup for a while and without Cooper and Wilson, Prescott might struggle. Teams will learn to double team CeeDee Lamb, leaving new Cowboys and rookies to open up in Prescott.
Bleacher Report predicts Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s stats will drop slightly in 2022
In a recent article where Bleacher Report predicted the stats of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks, writer Kristopher Knox opined that Prescott would likely see his stats suffer a bit due to the absence of not only two of his wide receivers, but also two of his longtime offensive linemen. However, Knox felt that continuity with Kellen Moore and a few decent additions would help Prescott at least lead his team to the playoffs again.
Because of these opinions, Knox felt that Prescott’s stat line would suffer only ever so slightly in certain categories. Here is his latest prediction:
Knox’s prediction for Prescott for 2022: 401 completions, 588 attempts, 35 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 52 carries, 249 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns
2021 Prescott Stats: 410 completions, 598 attempts, 37 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 48 carries, 146 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown
Interestingly, Knox thinks Prescott’s passing numbers will suffer, but his rushing numbers will improve. Maybe it’s because the quarterback will be further away from his ankle and calf injuries and feel more comfortable on foot? Or, it’s possible that with less solid passing options, Prescott will be forced to do more on his own.
Despite the fact that many believe the Mississippi State product isn’t good enough for this team, it’s important to remember that these are very good stats. He might not be Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady (arguably two of the best quarterbacks that will ever play this game), but he’s definitely one of the best passing throwers in the league at the end of the day. The hope is that he can use a healthy offseason to prove himself worthy of being this franchise’s high-paid quarterback.