After leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 season, Quarterback Dak Prescott won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Saturday night.
The interesting this about this year’s award race was that it was a two player battle between him and teammate Ezekiel Elliott who had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history for a running back. Essentially, you could have given the award to each of them for their shared contributions to the Cowboy offense and the overall team success.
Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season while completing 67.8 percent of his passes. More important than the stats, he didn’t turn the ball over and was the consummate game manager for the Cowboys through the early part of the season before they allowed him some more freedom to let him throw the ball down the field.
Prescott, as the season went on and the pressure mounted, made many clutch throws that helped solidify leads on the way to wins for his team.
Maybe most impressively, he scaved off constant rumblings and rumors of Tony Romo starting in his place if he had just one bad game, and continued to deliver week after week. In saying all of this, I believed that despite Prescott’s great year, Ezekiel Elliot deserved the award more than he did.
If we are talking overall offensive output and maybe even valuability to his team, you can argue that Elliott had just as big of an impact as Prescott.
Elliott rushed for a league-high 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns and was a huge reason that Dak Prescott was able to be so successful. On top of that, he was one of the best receivers at the running back position, catching 32 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown, providing a legitimate threat and outlet for Prescott to check down to.
Elliott was a lock to perform every game and teams could not find ways to stop him, even when they stacked the box with 8 defenders, pretty much daring Prescott to throw it downfield.
Again, to me, Elliott was a big reason as to why Prescott began to have success throwing the ball, especially in key situations late in games.
He was the what team’s game planned around the entire year and it took a lot of pressure off the Cowboys offense.
So if you ask me, Elliott deserved the award, but you ultimately couldn’t go wrong with either which is why upon receiving the award, Prescott asked Elliott to join him and split the award in half hypothetically.
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