Dak Prescott says Cowboys will win the NFC East

Dak Prescott says Cowboys will win the NFC East

Maybe DeAngelo Williams was on to something.

As a quick refresher: he basically said the other day that the Cowboys and their fans get big heads during the regular season then tend to crumble in the playoffs (if they make it there).

Welp, Dak Prescott was asked on the ESPYs red carpet for his take on the NFC East this coming season and didn't disappoint.

"We’re the Cowboys. We’re gonna win the NFC East," Prescott said.

I don't have a real problem with Prescott response though. He's the leader of a team that won its division last season. Is he not supposed to be confident again this season?

Let's compare that to what Carson Wentz said this morning on 94 WIP.

"Our goal is to win the NFC East and we believe we have the guys to do it," Wentz said.

Pretty similar!

As PFT pointed out, Prescott was chosen as "Best Breakthrough Athlete" at the ESPYs, which must not have seen Joel Embiid play basketball for 31 games last season.

OddShark.com currently has the Cowboys as a pretty strong favorite to take the East at +110, followed by the Giants at +180, Eagles at +300 and Redskins at +450.

You can watch Dak's ESPY acceptance speech below.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott caught up in autograph scandal

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott caught up in autograph scandal

After a successful rookie season, some said that Dak Prescott was a machine. Today, it’s alleged that Dak Prescott used a machine.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Prescott has been accused of using a machine to sign autographs. The allegations have gone so far that Beckett Grading Services is not authenticating some of the cards issued by Prescott.

Jeromy Murray, vice president of Beckett Grading & Authentication Services, addressed the matter with a statement on Beckett’s official website.

"We were excited as the first wave of Dak Prescott autographed redemption cards started to come into the office but quickly noticed the autographs didn’t match up to what we had seen in the past," Murray said. "We know that autographs are not always going to look the same but these just didn’t look right to us so we had our autograph authentication guys (BAS) take a look at the signatures.

"They quickly agreed that these did not look like authentic Dak Prescott signatures. The signatures looked to be from an autopen machine, simply based on the uniformed, non-flowing look we have seen from authentic Dak signatures in the past. We alerted the team at Panini America immediately so they could address it with Dak’s representatives and the NFL Players Association."

Prescott becomes the second NFC East quarterback in hot water this offseason over memorabilia after Eli Manning allegedly knowingly allowed memorabilia to be fraudulently sold as game-used.

Carson Wentz would never do this!

Can you tell the difference? Below, are two cards supposedly signed by hand by Prescott, one of which is not being fully authenticated by Beckett.

Doug Pederson: Dak Prescott knew he didn't have to win by himself

Doug Pederson: Dak Prescott knew he didn't have to win by himself

For the most part, Carson Wentz had a pretty successful rookie season. 

Sure, the Eagles finished with a 7-9 record, but Wentz did enough to continue the franchise's belief that he is indeed the quarterback of the future. 

Another guy in Dallas did the same thing with the Cowboys. Actually, Dak Prescott had an even more impressive rookie season, leading the Cowboys to 13 wins, while winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. 

Prescott, a fourth-round pick, had a great year but didn't try to do too much. And that's what impressed Eagles head coach Doug Pederson the most. 

"[Prescott] understood this right away, that he didn't have to win the game for them," Pederson said on The Doomsday Podcast, hosted by Matt Mosley and Ed Werder. (Pederson also talked about running the Rocky steps). "He knew that he had a good defense, a tremendous offensive line, a great runner, he had some veteran players that he could rely on and he learned that early. As soon as he had the opportunity to play and that was early, from Day 1. 

"That's something that a young quarterback, sometimes it takes them a while to figure out the game that way. That's the impressive thing, that he learned how to handle that business that well, utilize the people around him and understand that he didn't have to go win the game."

While Prescott had plenty of help during his rookie season, it was pretty evident Wentz was lacking in that area. 

Prescott had a great offensive line, Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott and others. Wentz had an offensive line that was missing Lane Johnson, an often-injured Ryan Mathews and receivers like Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham playing serious snaps. 

So it made sense when the team went out this offseason and signed Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and recently LeGarrette Blount, as free agents, finally getting Wentz some real help. 

"We had opportunities to get those two guys and it was obvious last year, we were young at the wide receiver position," Pederson said. "We needed some leadership, some veteran presence there and we went out and got that with Torrey and Alshon. We still want to build through the draft, we still want to acquire young talent. 

"LeGarrette Blount now is a guy that gives us that big back, running back, that can come in and compete and hopefully he does everything he did at New England the last couple of seasons. He had 18 rushing touchdowns for over 1,000 yards and we just expect that same level of performance here."

Maybe having weapons will allow Wentz to do what made Prescott so impressive to Pederson in 2016: not too much.