Discussions with Prescott about a contract extension are in progress according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence locked up, Prescott and Amari Cooper are next in line for extensions, followed by Ezekiel Elliott. The 25-year-old quarterback hasn't quite delivered on the promise of his rookie season, but he does provide durability (zero missed games), a winning record (32-16), rushing ability (18 touchdowns) and respectable passing efficiency (66.1 completion percentage, 7.4 yards per attempt). There's also a reasonable expectation for improvement in 2019, with Cooper spending a full season in Dallas and Randall Cobb replacing Cole Beasley (Bills) in the slot. On the other hand, Prescott was charged with 56 sacks and 12 fumbles in 2018, despite playing behind a solid offensive line. His decision-making under pressure is still a major issue.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones suggested Prescott has earned a contract extension, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. "You look at a quarterback that has had the success [Prescott]'s had," Jones said Tuesday. "He's done everything the right way. I think he deserves to have his contract looked at in a very progressive way." Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he hasn't quite built on his debut campaign the way the Cowboys were hoping, there's no doubt he's a starting-caliber quarterback. His status as a fourth-round pick eliminates the possibility of a fifth-year option, but the team does have the threat of a franchise tag to provide some leverage for negotiations. Prescott and the Cowboys will try to reach an agreement on a long-term extension this offseason.
Prescott completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 266 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-22 loss to the Rams. He added three rushing yards and another touchdown on two carries. Prescott was asked to do the heavy lifting offensively with Ezekiel Elliott being contained on the ground (20 carries for 47 yards). The 25-year-old did a good job of spreading the ball around after it became apparent that the Rams wanted to key in on Amari Cooper early on. Despite his solid play, Prescott's season comes to an end. The third-year arm finished the regular season with a new career high in passing yards (3,885) with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Still, his numbers pale in comparison to higher-end fantasy quarterbacks, as Prescott's real-life value far exceeds his fantasy output.
Prescott completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception Saturday against the Seahawks. He also carried six times for 29 yards and a touchdown during the 24-22 win. Prescott completed 67 percent of his passes and connected with eight different receivers. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup just before halftime and led a pair of scoring drives in the fourth quarter, including one which he capped off with a one-yard plunge to paydirt. In the process, Prescott became the youngest quarterback to win a playoff game in team history and now has more game-winning drives under his belt since entering the league than any other quarterback. He'll need to put on another terrific performance next weekend, whether going up against the Saints or the Rams.
Prescott completed 27 of 44 pass attempts for 387 yards and four touchdowns during Sunday's 36-35 win over the Giants. Prescott acknowledged the possibility of sitting out part of the game, but he hung in until the very end and delivered perhaps his finest performance of the season. He hooked up with Blake Jarwin for three touchdowns before a 32-yard strike to Cole Beasley, which he followed up with the decisive two-point conversion. Prescott struggled over the last two games, so this was a positive way to close out the regular season. The 25-year-old, who finishes the campaign with 3,885 passing yards, 26 total touchdowns and eight interceptions, will now turn his attention to next week's wild-card game at home.
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