It’d be tough to top the incredible rookie season produced by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. But team vice president Stephen Jones is expecting even more from Prescott in 2017.
Prescott led the Cowboys to the No. 1 seed in the NFC after being thrown into the fire due to Tony Romo’s preseason injury. He threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns, rushed for 282 yards and 6 touchdowns and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award while leading Dallas to a 13-3 record. Jones believes Prescott’s only scratched the surface of what he can become.
“He knows he’s got to take his game to another level,” Jones said, per Pro Football Talk. “The great ones get better each year. I think he expects that from himself, I know he puts in the work, I know he’s a leader, the team responds to him, the team wants to play hard for him. That’s rare. I think he’s going to answer the bell and I think he’s going to be better than he was last year.”
An improvement in his second season would make plenty of sense. Prescott might not have star tailback Ezekiel Elliott with him for a full season — the star running back is reportedly bracing for a short suspension. But Prescott will have a full complement of weapons, beginning with a (finally) healthy Dez Bryant.
Prescott’s opening act will be a tough one to follow, but the arrow only seems to be pointing up for the budding star.
This story originally appeared on All22. It was written by Matt Barbato.