In their first appearances of the preseason, Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant hardly seemed to miss Dallas Cowboys teammate Ezekiel Elliott.
Prescott, last year’s NFL offensive rookie of the year, led a seven-play, 95-yard touchdown drive to open Saturday night’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts, finding Bryant for a 32-yard touchdown to finish it. Prescott was 4-for-4 for 79 yards. Bryant caught two of those completions for 55 yards.
Neither player appeared in Dallas’ first two exhibition games. Prescott connected on seven of eight throws for 106 yards while leading Dallas’ first two series.
“It felt great. I was ready to play a lot more than I did,” Prescott said while being interviewed on the sideline during the second quarter of a game the Cowboys would eventually win 24-19. “It was good to be out there.”
He added that his confidence and knowledge have grown in his second training camp and that his chemistry has grown “so much” with Bryant, who was banged up in 2016 and had a down season for a club that relied heavily on Elliott.
Darren McFadden, who is expected to start during Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, carved up the Colts for 59 yards on nine carries but lost a fumble after the Cowboys drove deep into Indianapolis territory on their second possession.
Elliott is eligible to play in preseason but has yet to do so. His suspension isn’t scheduled to begin until the regular season begins next month.
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