Reich admires Dak: ‘Always followed his career’

Adam Schefter, ESPN Senior WriterNov 19, 2023, 05:01 AM ET

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Panthers coach Frank Reich will be paying close attention to Dak Prescott when Carolina plays the Cowboys on Sunday.

But then again, Reich has had his eye on Prescott from the moment that the former Mississippi State quarterback was preparing to enter the NFL.

Reich revealed last week that in the weeks leading up to the 2016 NFL draft, when he was the Eagles‘ offensive coordinator, he had what he believed was a much higher grade on Prescott than most people around the league. Reich said he thought Prescott was easily one of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class.

The Eagles traded up in that draft to obtain the second overall pick, which they used on quarterback Carson Wentz. Although Reich and the Eagles clearly favored Wentz as their franchise quarterback at the time — given the draft capital they surrendered to trade up to No. 2, they viewed Prescott as a potentially strong backup plan entering the draft that year.

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