Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has impressed many over his opening three starts this season, including Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.
Amid uncertainty over how he would perform following last year’s season-ending ankle injury, Prescott is off to a promising start to the ongoing campaign. The Cowboys star has so far recorded six passing touchdowns to go along with a league-leading 77.5 completion percentage.
Ahead of the Panthers’ upcoming road clash with the Cowboys in Week 4, Rhule has been watching film on the two-time Pro Bowler. And as he noted during a press conference on Wednesday, Rhule stands much in awe of Prescott’s development over the past year and his fast-paced tempo when running the offense.
“When you talk about (the Cowboys offense), I think you have to start with Dak Prescott,” Rhule said. “I watched him last year. He’s superb. He calls the game at the line of scrimmage. He’s getting the ball out of his hand.
“He’s the second-fastest guy in the NFL right now from snap to throw, which is emblematic of a quarterback who knows exactly where the ball is going to go vs. the defense, who is on the same page with his receivers, who is getting in the right plays vs. the right coverages, who is making sure that he’s protected.”
Rhule went a bit further by drawing a unique comparison between the Cowboys star and two former Super Bowl MVPs.
“It’s like watching Peyton Manning, it’s like watching Drew Brees call the game at the line of scrimmage,” Rhule said. “I think what Dak’s doing right now is incredibly impressive.”
Rhule never had to gameplan against Manning, although his Panthers team did face Brees twice last year during the longtime quarterback’s final season in the league.
Prescott is so far delivering formidable performances this season, and it will be noteworthy to see whether Rhule’s Panthers defense will be able to contain him in Week 4.