- Ben Mintz
Everyone knows the story by heart. Dak Prescott falls all the way to the 4th round in the 2016 NFL Draft only to be drafted by his childhood favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo hurts his back in the first preseason game of 2016 vs. Seattle and the rest is history. Dak takes over the most prominent position in sports, QB for the Dallas Cowboys and throw for 3,667 yards with 23 Touchdowns and only 4 Interceptions his rookie season. He also rushes for 282 yards and 6 touchdowns leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC East Title. The Cowboys fell in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs to the Green Bay Packers 34-31 but Prescott still throws for 302 yards and 3 Touchdowns in the loss erasing a 21-3 deficit.
Fast forward 9 months and all is not well in Jerry World. The Cowboys were demolished 42-17 by the Denver Broncos on Sunday to fall to 1-1 in the 2017 season. Star Running Back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for a career low 8 yards on 9 carries and is facing a 6 game suspension for domestic violence. Prescott was 30 for 50 passing for only 238 yards with 2 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions in the loss. The Cowboys have massive injuries at cornerback already and are thin on the defensive line. While this loss was only one game, it is the first time Prescott and the Cowboys have been blown out in his young career.
The NFL is always about overcoming adversity for every team not in New England. We will find out a lot about Dak and the Cowboys on Monday Night in Arizona and in the following weeks. Dak is being asked to carry much more of the load in his second season already throwing 88 passes in the first two games. How will Prescott and the Cowboys respond to the Elliot distraction and injuries on defense? Only time will tell.
Former Evangel and LA Tech star WR Trent Taylor has earned a role as the slot receiver and punt returner for the San Francisco 49ers beating out Jeremy Kerley. While he only has 3 catches for 14 yards so far, he is in prime position to have a solid rookie season. He also is averaging 12.3 yards on 4 punt returns. The 49ers have opened the season playing two of the top defenses in the NFL in Carolina and Seatle. I am banking on bright days ahead for Taylor.
Former Green Oaks and LSU 1st round pick Trudavius White is a starting cornerback for the Buffalo Bills in his rookie year. He is doing a great job so far and the Bills have only allowed 21 points in 2 games.
LSU cornerback and Calvary alum Greedy Williams has 2 interceptions already in 3 games for LSU and has earned a role in one of the top secondaries in college football.
I will continue to update how local Shreveport/Bossier players are doing in college and the NFL all season. I will be back tomorrow with a preview of week 4 of high school football in the area.