USA Today’s Lorenzo Reyes traveled to Starkville, Miss. in the spring of 2016 to talk to a college quarterback there who had just been busted for a DUI. His draft stock was sliding but, as Reyes tells us in the latest episode of our NFL podcast The Counter, that QB owned up to his mistake and the consequences.
He vowed then to stick in the NFL and strive for a lucrative second contract.
Four remarkable seasons later, Dak Prescott is still waiting for that long-term deal. As Steven wrote yesterday, it doesn’t make any sense at all that the Cowboys continuing hedging — unless you take into consideration the fact that black quarterbacks are STILL stereotyped and doubted because of the same racist notions that prevented them from even being allowed to play the position for decades.
Yes, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson have signed huge deals but they were extraordinary exceptions; thrilling players who won Super Bowls early in their careers.
Prescott, meanwhile, has provided Dallas with steady, smart QB play that has too often been attributed to the presence of an overrated offensive line or the supposedly elite running back Ezekiel Elliott.
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Lorenzo discussed his thoughts on Prescott — who he’s interviewed multiple subsequent times — and why the Cowboys refuse to make a longterm commitment to a young QB who clearly deserves it.
We also broke down the latest coronavirus numbers and how they might impact the NFL’s upcoming training camps, and discussed the rumors swirling about an explosive story on the unnamed Washington franchise (which The Washington Post has since published and is every bit as awful as expected, as 15 women detailed a horrific culture of harassment and abuse that, Steven wrote, should finally force the NFL into pushing Daniel Snyder out of its ownership group.)
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