How Rusty Will Dak Prescott Be Against Bucs?

August 30th, 2021

“Good to go” against Bucs.

So, how much do preseason games really mean?

Joe is fully convinced they mean very, very little. And outside of revenue for owners, Joe maintains preseason games are worthless.

Joe confidently points to last year when there were no preseason games of any sort. The way Tom Brady played on a brand new team with a brand new offense reinforced Joe’s belief.

Another test of this premise of Joe’s will come a week from Thursday when the Cowboys and Dak Prescott come to the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway to open the season on “Thursday Night Football.”

Prescott, who missed the final 11 games of last season with a torn-up ankle, hasn’t played in a preseason game this summer. And only last Wednesday did he finally fully participate in a padded practice.

The Cowboys put Prescott on ice this summer with a sore shoulder. So Prescott next Thursday will face a team with a different uniform for the first time since Week 5 of last season.

Cowboys media-shy owner Jerry Jones said Prescott is “good to go” for the Bucs. And Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore told David Helman of Prescott is just fine for next week.

“I think we all love where he’s at,” Moore said. “Obviously, you’d love to have these opportunities to practice in training camp, to have played last year more than he ended up playing.

“But we’re ready to just go play football, I think everyone is. He’s worked his tail off, done everything he could possibly do, and we’re just going to go for it.”

Now Joe doesn’t know if it is fair for Prescott to be compared with what Brady did last year with no preseason games. Brady at least played in a playoff game in January prior to coming to the Bucs.

Prescott didn’t make it past October last year. So Prescott has a pretty huge gap of not playing, unlike Brady last season.

30 Responses to “How Rusty Will Dak Prescott Be Against Bucs?”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    Bad ankle and bad shoulder…and no full-speed games?

    Not a good mix facing the SB Champions.

  2. Buddha Says:

    He may be “good to go” but that doesn’t mean to go “good.” What has he ever won? #overrated.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The problem for Dak won’t be rust….or recovery from his injuries….the problem will be the Bucs’ “terror trio” JPP, Shaq & JTS…….(throw in a bit of Devin White)

  4. PassingThru Says:

    Rusty. I doubt his readiness, Dak missed the entire preseason schedule and had limited practice time.

  5. James Allen Lofton Says:

    Whether Dak is well oiled or rusty the Bucs need to be prepared for the Dallas Cowboys who want to improve on last year forgettable year

  6. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Dallas has a good offense. I think Dak will have a good season, but might be a little rusty week 1. Our offense needs to score early and make them one dimensional.

  7. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    This does not bode well for Dak. You cannot duplicate game speed nor substitute for reps with your receivers at game speed. Best case scenario for Dallas is lose by 10 and Dak still healthy enough for game two , that outcome would actually be a win even with the loss.

  8. TheShaz Says:

    I would think Dallas is looking on how the Texans ran on us the other day and will try to ease Dax in by running the ball.

    Nobody tell Dallas that Suh didn’t play.

    I never cared for Dax even before he got hurt. Dax and Romo before him were mediocre QB’s at best in my book.

  9. Jerry R Jones Says:

    “We’re just going to go for it “….is not a confident statement. They know Dak isn’t ready, it’s a total gamble, hence why they are just going to go for it.

  10. FS Robo Says:

    Joe you point confidently to Brady’s performance but he threw two picks and lost 34-23.
    “I made some just bad, terrible turnovers,” Brady said. “I obviously have got to do a lot better job.”

    -new team, new offense but preseason would have helped the guy.

  11. Joehelldeloxley Says:

    I think joe is not asking the good question.
    The real question is : how good the Dallas running game will be ?
    If Dallas OL dominates and Ezekiel is averaging high on every run, Dak will have a quiet night.
    If not, then troubles might be coming…

  12. Brandon Says:

    We lost our first game to the Saints last year…. a game that was very competitive but lost due to a few plays here and there… a few plays that if chemistry was better and we were sharper, might not have happened. We started 7-5…with no preseason… and went 8-0 the rest of the way once we developed chemistry with the best roster in football. One could easily argue that preseason games would have ensured that the team developed chemistry faster and maybe win the Saints and sloppy Bears game. We looked like we lacked major chemistry in that Bears game… we looked like a team still searching for our identity. Preseason probably would have helped.

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Even with a healthy Dak, Dallas is just no match for the mighty Bucs.
    Our firepower was on full display when Brady and our receivers took over the Houston Game.

  14. Jerry Says:

    I don’t know…. Bucs did look quite rusty in that Saints opener last year.

  15. Steven007 Says:

    Cobra mentioned game speed. I think this will be the most important differentiating factor. Yes there will be some rust, but real game speed which he has obviously not experienced in quite some time will be a surprise. Of course I maintain that they will try their best to run the ball at least 60% of the time. The return of our man Suh and the front seven in general will be as important as ever.

  16. Bucschamp Says:

    Dear Tom,

    ESPN top 100 ranked Dak Prescott at #12 and You at #20.

    I repeat #20

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    Dak has experience on his side. He’s not in a new system and appears to be healthy. Don’t take anyone for granted. GO BUCS!

  18. PSL Bob Says:

    I think TheShaz is right on. I expect a lot of Zeke early in the game. That’s why it’s so important to start fast, jack up the score, and force them into a one- dimensional passing game.

  19. Buc50 Says:

    Word on the street is that he has not looked great in practice. I think he needed live action. I’ll take a victory however it comes though.

  20. SlyPirate Says:

    You’re looking at the wrong side of the ball.

    This game comes down to the Dallas defenses. We know the Bucs will get stops but can the Dallas defense really stop the Bucs offense?

  21. HerpeHancock Says:

    Dak is a media-hype-creation. Same with D Watson, Bridgewater and Mahomes.

  22. Reach87 Says:

    Tackle nailed it. Bucs need to start strong and steady with no turnovers and score efficiently…make them one-dimensional, then unleash the hounds. Go Bucs!

  23. donuts Says:

    Thursday night is gonna be SACKALICIOUS!!! JPP, White and Barrett bringing their steak knives. GoBucs!

  24. buc15 Says:

    Dont matter since we could hang 40+ on them with ease

  25. Greg Says:

    Hopefully the Buccaneers will ignore all the BS and assume that Prescott is 100% healthy and ready to roll. I do not want to see the Cowboys run and play action having Prescott roll left roll right while we blitz half our team and leave the secondary to be victimized by the cowboy receivers. Hopefully the defense will be conservative with blitzes until we see what they’re doing. Remember the Buccaneers usually have looked horrible on Thursday night games. I hope they just relax and let the game come to them.

  26. Buczilla Says:

    Dak could be 100% and play the best game of his slightly above average career. We are still gonna beat this trash team by 30 points. It’s a gosh damn insult to our team that the league has the new Cleveland Browns as our first opponent. Dallas has hasn’t done anything of significance since Jimmy left. Ray Perkins could have won that 1996 Superbowl with Jimmy’s team, so that doesn’t even count.

    Elliott got paid, so he’s soft now and afraid to get hurt. His numbers prove it. Amari is a nice player, but nothing special. Dak is overpaid, injury prone, and barely above average. There isn’t a single player on their defense that is better than average. Add in the most putrid, inept, over their heads, front office in the history of the league and you have a trash team.

    I’ll be laughing at your grief cowboys fans as the tears run down your faces while you come to the realization that once again, your team is trash. Peace

  27. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Dak will be fine.
    These things never go the way a lot of you want them to go.
    I think we win but I don’t think it will be a cakewalk.

  28. IrishMist Says:

    Hide the oil cans.

  29. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I still believe the Buccaneers are poised to take over the tag as “America’s Team” in this 21st century. The Cowboys are still riding high in the media based on old glory. Time has passed the franchise by.

    Jerry Jones has always been just another guy who has loads of money but who has no class. Karma is a bitch!

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    If I’m Prescott, The Bucs D is one of the last I want to “shake off the rust.”

    Most likely his Game 2 will be vastly better than Game 1.