Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will take away each other’s votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year
Romo’s back is healed and he’s ready to return. Only problem is, the kid hasn’t let up. Prescott has the Cowboys at 8-1 and in first place in the NFC East. Romo will trade in his game-day sweatsuit for a uniform and pads this week at home against Andy Levitre Authentic Womens Jersey Baltimore, but he will not start. Practice is likely to be different for him this week, too. Weeks ago, he was tough to find, throwing on a back field with equipment staff, tucked into a corner near where Jones’ helicopter lands at the team’s spanking-new practice facility. This week, he should be out there taking Sanchez’s snaps, sliding in with Alfred Morris and the backup offensive line after Prescott, Elliott and the starters have their turn.
The Cowboys haven’t ruled out the possibility of Romo starting for them at some point this season, because why should they? Prescott could get hurt. He could struggle, as rookies do, especially as the length of the NFL season starts to affect them. Right now, given his track record, Romo is obviously the best backup quarterback in football, and the Cowboys feel as Austin Hooper Authentic Womens Jersey though they have an embarrassment of riches at the game’s most important position.
“I was ready to go,” Prescott said, simply, after hitting 17 of 23 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown that night. While no one expected it to matter right away, that readiness did not go unnoticed.
In calls around the league, five rookies drew the most mentions as budding stars, including Dallas’ dynamic duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Here’s who else made the list.
That was said in retrospect, though. In the days that followed this particular preseason game, Cowboys coaches talked of Prescott as a project. One said Romo’s injury would offer a rare chance for a rookie to get first-team reps. They believed the system in which Prescott played at Mississippi State would translate well in the pros, and they were starting to convince themselves they might be able to get by with him as Romo’s primary backup, though Kellen Moore was still in the picture and the plan for Prescott was education, not expectation.
“Just getting him that exposure right now is huge,” one Cowboys coach said in that final week of August, before they knew the severity of Romo’s back injury. “It gives you a good feeling about what’s to come.”
Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher made up his mind Tuesday morning and informed Case Keenum that Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, would be his starting quarterback for Sunday’s home game against streaking Miami, a development that was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. And anyone who has watched this team realizes why this needed to happen.