Following a promising 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys took a notable step back this past campaign falling short of the playoffs. There were plenty of issues that arose throughout the season that pushed Dallas out of the postseason for the second time in the last three years.
A sizeable chunk of the criticism was directed toward quarterback Dak Prescott's performance taking a dip in his second campaign. Head coach Jason Garrett has remained optimistic about Prescott turning it around but at the same time has acknowledged that he needs to improve in all aspects of his game, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
Prescott experienced a notable dip in efficiency throwing the ball last season throwing four more interceptions from nine to 13 along with his passer rating going from 104.9 to 86.6, and his completion rate went from 67.8 to 62.9. He only threw for 300 yards once while failing to reach 200 passing yards on eight occasions.
The 24-year-old did struggle at times last season, but what should be taken into is that he was without star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games. The offensive line was also tagged with that included All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith missing multiple contests due to nagging back issues.
The return of these crucial assets to the offense as well as the additions in the passing game with wide receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson along with offensive lineman Cameron Fleming should give Prescott more opportunities to take a step forward in 2018 to prove he can be the Cowboys' long-term answer under center.