Story by: Anthony Abruzzo
Last season, both Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott came out of nowhere. Both quarterbacks were supposed to sit out for their rookie years with Wentz slated behind Sam Bradford and Prescott behind Tony Romo.
But with the injuries to Teddy Bridgewater and Tony Romo, the Eagles capitalized on the Vikings situation and traded Bradford away and got a first round pick in return and decided that the future was now and put Wentz into the fire.
With Romo hurting his back again… the Cowboys had no choice but to put Prescott in the starting lineup. Both teams flourished right away, but in different ways.
Wentz showed that he is indeed the future of the franchise as he showed flashes of being a pro-bowl caliber quarterback in this league. He had some ups and downs like any rookie quarterback would but he will improve as the time goes on.
Prescott on the other hand is a different story. Prescott basically took the job of Romo by having one of the best if not the best rookie season a first-year quarterback could ever have. Prescott barley turned the ball over and proved that he should have been drafted a lot higher than the fourth round (late in the round I might add). Prescott won the rookie of the year and was even in the discussion for the MVP award.
Comparing Prescott statically with Wentz yields these observations: Wentz had a completion percentage of 62.4%, 3,782 yards, 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a passer rating of 79.3. Wentz also ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott on the other hand, had a 67.8% completion percentage, 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a passer rating of 104.9. He also had 282 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.
So, just by comparing stats you would say that clearly Prescott is better than Wentz right? Hell no! Wentz is better than Prescott is. Let’s go through the reasons why I believe this.
First, Wentz did not have the offensive line that Prescott inherited. The Cowboys clearly had the best offensive line in football and it wasn’t even close. Wentz had an offensive line that was up and down all season and was under pressure throughout the year. Lane Johnson, who is the best right tackle in the game, was suspended for 10 games during this season. When he was in the lineup, the Eagles went 5-1, that should have been 6-0 if wasn’t for Ryan Matthews fumble at the end of the game against the Lions. When Johnson was suspended for those 10 games, they went 2-8. In those 10 games, the Eagles had to change up the o-line multiple times due to injuries as well. Prescott never had those issues.
Another thing that Wentz didn’t have was an all pro running back. Prescott had a running back in Ezekiel Elliot, a rookie himself, to rely on when the things got tough. Elliot ran all over the league and had the most yards on the ground and it wasn’t even close. Who did Wentz have? He had a Matthews that kept putting the ball on the ground or was sidelined due to injuy and Darren Sproles who is very good but not on the level of Elliott. Wentz didn’t have the elite running back that Prescott had.
What about the receivers? Wentz had a bunch of slot receivers like Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham that played on the outside. They also had Nelson Agholor that has been nothing but a huge disappointment thus far.
While Prescott has a top five receivers in the game in Dez Bryant, a guy in Terrence Williams who improves every year and Cole Beasley, who played like one of the best inside receivers in the NFL all year. Let’s not forget about old-reliable Jason Witten as well.
Bottom line, Wentz made a lot out of nothing while Prescott had everything a quarterback could ever want, the best offensive line, the best running back, and one of the best receiving corps in the game. If you switch the roles and put Wentz on the Cowboys and Prescott on the Eagles, Prescott may not be starting by the end of the year and Wentz would have been an MVP candidate.
Carson Wentz was drafted second overall for a reason, he is better than Dak Prescott.
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