We're beginning a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. First, the quarterbacks.
Not many teams have the luxury of an elite franchise quarterback such as Dak Prescott. He justified all the hype around his second contract with one of his best seasons in the league, and there's still potential for a lot more - Prescott is finally getting a full offseason after he spent most of the previous year recovering from the serious ankle injury that prematurely ended his 2020 season. His accuracy, arm strength and mobility make him one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The backup situation, however, is murky. Will Grier, Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci are all fighting for QB2 and QB3 spots, but none of them can be a viable Plan B for the season in case Prescott goes down. The Cowboys did not use a draft pick on a quarterback prospect this year in hopes of developing him under their leader, and if anything happens to Dak, the season will be over in a nutshell, just like in 2020.
There was an old saying with the Indianapolis Colts where they asked head coach Tony Dungy why Peyton Manning took all the reps. His answer was pretty simple: "if 18 goes down, we're f*cked, and we don't practice f*cked". It's the exact same situation for the 2022 season of the Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback room grade: 4,5/5. Prescott is an elite talent, but the Cowboys are one injury away from another lost season.