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Sophomore Slump? Cowboys' Dak Prescott's QB encore has been just as good

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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It's the continuation of the beginning of something special that has defied defenses and flummoxed critics who felt opposing teams would catch up to him this year.

His ability to run and use his legs as a weapon while also challenging opponents with the pass is arguably his greatest on-field asset, causing Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who will see Prescott on Sunday, to compare him to Rodgers.

"I think the extension of plays has been something I've been impressed with his game," Quinn said. "When he's able to get outside the pocket and extend plays, both with his feet and his legs. He seems like a person like Aaron Rodgers on the edge on a third-down play. 'I see the opening and can take it and run for the first down. I can extend the play and still throw it on the run accurately.' I'm not comparing the player, but I'm saying the mobility of a player where you can extend plays. I think it's an important factor and a big part of his game for sure."

As are his work ethic, preparation and leadership.

Garrett said Prescott has improved across the board from last year and credits the same attitude and professionalism he came in with as a rookie.

"Yeah, a very committed guy," Garrett said. "His preparation leading up to a ballgame is second to none. He watches the game from the previous Sunday early on, well before we ever watch it with the team, and he's on to the next opponent quickly. He's a really good note taker, he's a very detailed guy and works very hard in his preparation. He knows that frees him up to play as well as he can on Sunday."

It's the preparation and note-taking that allows Prescott to be comfortable and confident so he can play like a kid in games and bark in the face of scrutiny, both natural and manufactured.

"Early in the week, you catch me on Tuesday, that's when I'm nervous the most," Prescott said. "That's when I know, I guess you could say, everything that I'm going to have to do within the week to be ready for Sunday. So when Sunday comes, I've done all the work. Now it's just time to play football and be that kid that fell in love with the game when I was 6 years old."

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