the Dallas Cowboys the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Dak Prescott may be playing great, but Dallas is wisely playing down expectations


Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has wowed the Cowboy faithful in his first two preseason appearances. But despite all the high praise, the front office types are backing away from naming him as Tony Romo's clear backup.

Prescott completed 10-of-12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams, and followed that by connecting on 12-of-15 for for 199 yards and two touchdowns against Miami Friday. Executive vice president Stephen Jones says it takes more than just playing well in a couple of preseason games.

"It's the full body of work," Jones told the Star-Telegram. "Not just two preseason games. Minicamps. It's the practices. It's everything."

Nevertheless, when you couple Prescott's numbers from his first two outings with his performance in practice, which has reportedly been very good, and the feelings of his teammates, there can't be much else he needs to do to win the job. Unless you ask Jones.

"That's hard to say," Jones said. "It's preseason. It speaks for itself. So far he's done a really nice job leading the team. I think he is being productive. His production speaks for itself. It's still preseason. We will have to continue to evaluate his progress."

Prescott, himself, says that while things appear to be coming fairly easy to him on the field, it's really a direct result of all his hard work behind the scenes.

"I don't think 'easy' is the word," Prescott said. "It's the work I put in through the week. I've got great veterans, great coaches and that puts me in a great position to be successful on the field. I'm thankful for that, but a lot of hard work goes in for that."