Is Dak Prescott playing today vs. Jacksonville?

    Is Dak Prescott playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Cowboys' preseason finale? Do he and the offense need the reps together?

    Dak Prescott is fully healthy after straining his shoulder early in training camp, so is he playing in the Dallas Cowboys‘ preseason finale? Prescott potentially playing preseason football has been a hot topic in the Cowboys’ fan base. Does it make sense to play him and knock off a bit of rust?

    Is Dak Prescott playing today?

    No, of course it doesn’t make sense. Mike McCarthy told the media that about 30 Cowboys wouldn’t play against the Jaguars, including Prescott. That’s beautiful because the Cowboys’ 2020 season was riddled with injury. Dallas doesn’t have the luxury of blaming the pandemic and coaching changes for their lack of success. The Cowboys need to win.

    They can’t do that if their quarterback goes down for the season in the final week of the preseason. The Cowboys were blessed with a lenient schedule, so a little rust against the defending champion Buccaneers shouldn’t be the end of the world.

    Prescott didn’t play at all last preseason, and he was still on pace to absolutely dismantle the NFL record for passing yards before he went down against the Giants. When the bright lights come on, Prescott will be ready.

    He’s entering his alpha phase.

    The Cowboys’ offense should be electric

    This is the other reason he shouldn’t play in the preseason. The offense has never been (and won’t ever be) why this team struggles in the regular season. Heck, when we don’t see Ezekiel Elliott play in the preseason, we’re not shaking our heads. Why give Prescott a hard time for it when it’s almost surely not his decision?

    The other reason Dallas’ franchise quarterback shouldn’t play in the preseason is that three of the team’s offensive linemen shouldn’t see any more preseason action. Tyron Smith hasn’t played a full season since Obama was in office (not even a joke), and La’el Collins has struggled with stingers in camp.

    Zack Martin is still one of the top 100 players in the NFL. The receiving corps is arguably the best in football, and when accounting for backs and tight ends, it’s hard to argue there’s a better group on paper.

    So no, Prescott won’t play.

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