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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dak Prescott

Ranking the 10 most valuable quarterbacks in 2019

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Who are the most valuable quarterbacks in 2019? To answer that question, I looked at both performance (or projected performance) and the salary commitment for the team. Getting great play out of a quarterback with the highest salary in the league is good. Getting great play out of a quarterback who is paid like many backups is way better. Here are my choices for the best quarterback values based on both contract and performance.

10) Philip Rivers, Chargers

Philip Rivers is getting just over $20 million per year with the Chargers. The four guys just in front of him in annual salary average are Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, and Nick Foles. That list of names is a good illustration of why Rivers makes this list. Even at 37, he’s still among the best eight or so quarterbacks in the league and has consistently been an underrated performer in the league. Last season he passed for 32 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 season.

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Dak Prescott has motivational message for Kyler Murray ahead of draft

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Dak Prescott knows plenty about analysts and fans questioning whether or not his game will translate to the NFL level, and the Dallas Cowboys star feels that helps him relate to Kyler Murray. Heading into the draft next week, Prescott appears to be keeping a close eye on the Heisman Trophy winner’s future.

On Sunday, the Oklahoma football team shared a video that featured a motivational message from Prescott to Murray.

While the concerns about Murray’s size and style of play are similar to the ones we heard about Prescott coming out of Mississippi State, Murray has a good chance to be the top overall pick in the draft. Prescott hung around until the fourth round, and he has turned out to be a tremendous value pick for Dallas. That is not going to happen with Murray.

It would be hard for the No. 1 pick in the draft to play the underdog card. Though there have been at least some concerns about him tumbling down draft boards, Murray is going to have a lot different feel surrounding him on Thursday than Prescott had around him back in 2016.

Cowboys VP expects to negotiate fair, flexible deal with Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

At some point, the Dallas Cowboys know they will have to sit down and negotiate a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott, and the team is optimistic they can pay him fairly while also giving themselves room to build a good team around him.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the team wants to pay Prescott “fairly,” but also hinted that the team wants to find a deal that allows them flexibility to improve in other departments.

Prescott isn’t the only Cowboy who may be in line for a new contract this summer. It sounds like Jones is laying the groundwork for negotiations that have not yet commenced, but will at some point in the relatively near future.

Report: Neighbor lost part of finger in Dak Prescott dog bite incident

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A neighbor lost part of her finger due to a bite from one of Dak Prescott’s dogs, according to court documents.

One of Prescott’s two pitbulls was seized by police in Frisco, Texas on Feb. 25 after an incident in the neighborhood. According to police, Prescott’s dogs escaped the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s house while he was not home. The dogs then apparently broke down a neighbor’s fence and began fighting with the neighbor’s dogs. When the neighbor, a woman, tried to intervene, she says she was bitten by one of the dogs and lost part of her right ring finger.

“They’ve broken down my fence and they’re in the backyard. They bit off my finger,” the woman said in a 911 call.

A court document says the woman will undergo two weeks of treatment. The document also notes that animal services had twice previously warned the Prescott household about the dogs escaping and being loose in the neighborhood.

The dog that allegedly bit the neighbor was put into a 10-day quarantine at the Collin County Animal Shelter. There will be a hearing on March 20 to determine whether the dog is “dangerous.”

The Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 822.041 defines a “dangerous dog” as a dog that:

(A) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own; or (B) commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.

The dog could be put down depending on the outcome of the hearing.

Angry Dak Prescott calls loss to Colts ‘wake-up call’

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The Dallas Cowboys’ five-game win streak was snapped in ugly fashion on Sunday with a 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and it’s fair to say there’s some anger over how bad it got.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was extremely critical of how his team performed, calling the defeat a “wake-up call” that “pisses everybody off.”

The Cowboys are still pacing the NFC East with an 8-6 record and are favored to win it. However, it’s easy to forget this team was 3-5 at one point and has won just two of their seven road games. There’s no doubt that Jerry Jones is still feeling confident in his team, but Sunday was a reminder of what their shortcomings can be.

Dak Prescott cleared after concussion check, had hand examined

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott was cleared following a concussion check early in Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

Prescott scrambled on a third down play late in the first quarter and dived towards the first down marker. He got clocked as he made his dive, although he did not seem too shaky when he got up.

Prescott went into the medical tent on the team’s sideline and was checked for a concussion. CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson said Prescott was cleared following the check. She added that he also had his left hand examined by a trainer.

The Cowboys have been more aggressive with having Prescott run the ball. He ran 11 times for 82 yards in the blowout win over the Jags, and he began the game against Washington rushing a few times as well. Though Prescott running makes the offense more dangerous, one of the consequences is that he is exposed to more hits.

Dak Prescott downplays talk of locker room issues with Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys have not been able to perform consistently enough on offense to win games this season, and there has already been plenty of talk about players being frustrated and head coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat. Dak Prescott insists the team is ignoring all of that behind closed doors.

Prescott was asked by reporters on Thursday if there are any issues within the Cowboys’ locker room after their disappointing 2-3 start. The quarterback insisted everything is fine.

The question arose in large part because wide receiver Allen Hurns defended Prescott earlier this week in the wake of his two-interception performance against the Houston Texans. Hurns indicated that play-calling has been the issue for Dallas, and public finger-pointing is always a bad look. Hurns also said the Cowboys’ receivers have been getting separation consistently.

Prescott says those remarks have been addressed.

Without Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have clearly lacked a big-play threat in the passing game. Defenses are loading up to stop Ezekiel Elliott and challenging Prescott to throw, and the results have not been good. Hurns isn’t the first Dallas receiver to feel the need to defend himself this season, and things could get worse before they get better if the Cowboys can’t string together a couple of victories.