FRISCO – It was Week 1 of the 2016 season. First play of the first series for rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. That's the moment Elliott officially knew Prescott was special.
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Elliott whiffed, giving Rodgers-Cromartie a clear shot at Prescott. Prescott calmly took a few steps to his right before delivering a shot to Dez Bryant along the Cowboys' sideline.
"It was a protection," Elliott said Tuesday. I was supposed to block "I missed my choice but I was supposed to block.
"That's when I knew he was a special player."
Prescott will play inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday night, the venue where Jerry Jones had a similar feeling about the team's QB franchise that Elliott would have a month later.
It was Prescott's first preseason start. He drove the first-offense team down the field on their first possession, capping the 11-play drive with a back-shoulder fade to Bryant for a 10-yard touchdown.
Jones was sitting with former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin at the time. Both realized something special had just happened.
Said "We look at each other and I said," "The Cowboys owner and general manager" said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "And team looks at you", "team" and "I'm looking at you." behind this guy. '
"And, I know, that's where it started right there in that stadium, in my mind, when Dak really showed a clutch, because that was a clutch."
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