Will Dak Prescott or Lamar Jackson Have a Better 2020 NFL season?
On paper, it seems as though Lamar Jackson would be the easy selection between the two as he dominated 2019 and won the MVP award, but Dak is certainly no slouch
One thing that Dak Prescott never had during his first couple of years in the NFL, was a high-end wide receiver. Dak’s best receivers for a while was an older Dez Bryant, and a solid slot receiver in Cole Beasley, but in 2018, Dak got his guy in Amari Cooper.
The addition of Cooper was major for the Dallas Cowboys as he not only was a high-end receiver but quickly turned into Dak’s favorite weapon. In Cooper’s first year, Cooper received the 3rd most targets on the Cowboys, while only playing 9 games. While Cooper is a great receiver, in order to be a truly great offense and to really help out their young QB, the Cowboys need to add more weapons for Dak Prescott to play with, and that is what they have done.
In the same year that the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper, they drafted wide receiver, Michael Gallup in the 3rd round. While not a household name, Gallup has quietly turned into a solid receiver, and while Gallup and Cooper are two quality receivers that any team would love, the Cowboys did not stop their either.
Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, the wide receiver class was touted as one of the best for years, and somehow, the Cowboys managed to land one of the top receivers in CeeDee Lamb. Lamb was considered one of the best receivers in the class due to his great hands, elite YAC ability and just being an outstanding receiver.
While Dak has played most of his career with a mediocre coach at best in Jason Garrett, he now is lucky enough to play with a quality coaching staff. The Cowboys recently hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett and last season the Cowboys put former QB, Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator. Under Moore, Dak played very well with Moores use of play-action and motion.
While Dak has plenty going for him in the way of receivers and coaching, it’s hard to see him having a better season than Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson did not get much help in terms of receivers this offseason as the Ravens mainly invested in their defense, but that doesn’t mean Lamar won’t have another great season.
Lamar will still have the benefit of playing in a John Harbaugh and Greg Roman offense who believe in Lamar’s style of play and are also analytically minded and will often go for it on 4th down.
It will be hard for Prescott to have a season better than Lamar, as Lamar is the better player of the two, and is greatly helped out by the Ravens’ system around him. While Dak likely won’t have a better season between the two, it doesn’t mean that Dak won’t have a great season in his own right.
Choice: Lamar Jackson