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Cowboys news: Dak Prescott does a media tour and has a lot to say

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Dak: ‘Favorite thing to do is prove doubters wrong’ - ESPN VIDEO
Dak Prescott has more than his fair share of detractors, but he’s looking to prove them wrong.

Dak Prescott's take on a Cowboys WR who could surprise this season - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Everyone is wondering who will emerge from the crowded group of wide receivers currently on the Dallas roster. Dak Prescott offered this (I wonder if Skip understood his answer).

Of that group, Cole Beasley has had the most success working with Dak Prescott on Sundays. So it's not a surprise that he was the player Prescott named Wednesday when asked for a receiver who could surprise in 2018.

"I expect him to be an all-around receiver, inside, outside, moving him around," Prescott said on FS1's Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. "He's a guy that's hard to cover. He has a knack for the game. He has a knack for getting open.”

Where will Dez Bryant end up? Dak Prescott names a team; 'Hopefully not in our division' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Everyone is wondering where Dez Bryant will wind up. His former QB offers this.

Where is the best landing spot for the Dallas Cowboys' all-time touchdown receptions leader?

"I'm not exactly sure on that," Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott told USA Today Sports on Tuesday in an interview to help promote his partnership with Campbell's Chunky Soup. "I mean, somewhere with a veteran quarterback, a good scheme. Maybe New Orleans. Who knows? I mean, that's just throwing something out there. That's just a place I could see him. Hopefully not in our division."

Dak Prescott reads, responds to negative scouting report; explains why fans should have faith in Cowboys WRs - Jon Machota, SportsDay
It was apparently media day for Dak. Here is one of his takes during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show.

On what was more surprising, Jason Witten retiring or Dez Bryant being released:

"I'd probably say the Witten retiring just for the simple fact that we knew there was a meeting with Dez. We knew something, I guess, was going to happen or something was going to occur, but with Witten it was just out of nowhere. I think I was doing an event for the draft and somebody comes up to me and tells me. I was like, 'Whoa. What do you mean he's retiring? We just worked out yesterday.' But then not too long after that, I had a conversation with Witt and it all made sense."

Are Cowboys a dark-horse Super Bowl contender? - THE HERD, YouTube
Prescott talks at length with Colin Cowherd in this video.


Projecting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each NFC team - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
Brandt, who knows a thing or two about the 2018 Cowboys, picks Chidobe Awuzie as the Cowboys' next Pro Bowler

Awuzie has exceptional short-area quickness and explosion and can play slot corner, corner or safety. He's very intelligent and has above-average coverage skills. Provided he stays healthy, he'll seriously improve Dallas' defense as a starter this year.

Pro Football Weekly’s 2018 NFC breakout players on defense - Eric Edholm Pro Football Weekly
More love for Awuzie.

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

The Cowboys drafted four defensive backs in 2017, and Awuzie actually ended up playing the third-most snaps on defense of the quartet despite playing in 10 games (six starts). But Awuzie’s versatility and athleticism give him an excellent chance to play a big role in Year 2. He can play safety, corner and nickel and displayed an underrated knack in college to blitz from the secondary. Awuzie could be in line for something of a hybrid role under new passing-game coordinator Kris Richard, depending on the final destination for Byron Jones and whether the Cowboys opt to pursue Seahawks safety Earl Thomas via trade. But Awuzie did finish last season as the starting outsider corner and started to assert himself as a promising performer out there.

Cowboys Stress Numbers Over No. 1 At Receiver Without Bryant - 105.3 The Fan Staff
Not very many seem high on the wide receiver corps for the Cowboys. Cole Beasley feels more optimistic.

The new dean of the group sees opportunity rather than uncertainty at a position that lacks a big name, and the history of big production that usually goes with it.

Dallas isn't necessarily looking for a new No. 1 receiver while also trying to replace 15-year tight end Jason Witten, who retired as the franchise leader in catches and yards. Headlined by holdovers Beasley and Terrance Williams and newcomers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, the Cowboys think their strength could be in numbers — and matchups.

"They're giving everybody an opportunity to do everything," said Beasley, who is going into his seventh season. "This is the most open it's ever been since I've been here as far as who's where. That makes it a lot of fun. And it's exciting to see what everybody can do."

Landry vs. Garrett and the truth about the Dallas Cowboys 'Right Kind of Guy' morality - Mike Fisher, 247 Sports
This is a worthwhile read from Fish, who dives into the whole history of "troubled" players. Along the way, he mentions our own R.J. Ochoa.

I understand the temptation, giving the fact that in recent days David Irving and Terrance Williams have fallen -- Irving tripping over his own disorganized promises and T-Will flipping drunkenly over his own electric bicycle -- to giggle at the hypocrisy of Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett's "Right Kind of Guy'' mantra.

But a history of hypocrisy should be enough to cure your case of the giggles.

My friend R.J. Ochoa writes, "Defenders of suspended Cowboys have dwindled over the years. Previously people would decree that non-Cowboys NFL players were suspended, too, it was just a matter of Dallas being a brighter stage than most. The thing is, this is a startling trend. It’s not even a trend, it’s a rite of passage.''

Ask the QBs Coach: How Many Plays Are in the Cowboys’ Playbook? - Kristi Scales, 5 Points Blue
Quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore goes one-on-one with 5 Points Blue to answer readers’ questions about the Cowboys’ playbook and the process of “installing” the offense as the team prepares for the 2018 season. Here's an excerpt:

Q: How many plays are in the playbook, and do those number of plays in the offense’s game plan vary week-to-week depending on your opponent? Audrey; Frisco, TX

MOORE: It can be a light week where there are 70-80 plays, or it could be a week in which you have 100-plus plays. It kind of varies. Each week is its own deal, and it can vary depending on your opponent. Sometimes there is some overlap depending on how their defense plays and what you’re looking to attack based off your own personnel. Sometimes there is no overlap at all.

But as for the overall playbook, it almost feels unlimited because of all the moving parts and different variations you can do within plays.

Kris Richard appears on fast track to becoming a head coach – Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk
Richard may be moving on much faster than many Cowboys fans would like.

Marinelli was a head coach in the NFL and coached with Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin and Herm Edwards, all of whom became head coaches. Marinelli said Richard has what it takes to become a head coach, potentially as soon as 2019.

“No question,” Marinelli said. “He’ll be like a Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, guys I’ve been around who became head coaches. He’s got the right stuff.”

Even though he’s only 38, Richard isn’t likely to have a long wait to find a head coaching job. He interviewed with the Colts for their head coaching job this offseason.

“Obviously, it’s the ultimate goal,” Richard said. “I don’t know any coach who wouldn’t aspire to become a head coach some day. It’s not important right now, and it’s not my focus right now. It’s something to where, yeah, will I continuously prepare? Yeah, I’ll be prepared. But that’s not the goal right now. It’s to help the Dallas Cowboys in whatever fashion that I can and be the best version of myself.”



With Martin done, La’el Collins sole long-term question on Cowboys’ OL - A.J. Mada, Cowboys Wire
Most of the offensive line is locked up for years to come, but La’el Collins will cause a possibly hard choice after two more years.

While Collins’ service is guaranteed for the next two years, the Cowboys will find themselves having to make a tough decision very soon.

They already have close to $300 million invested in their offensive line and after 2018, players such as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible for a new contract.

There is only so much money that can go around in the salary cap era and Collins may be the odd man out of the group when it comes for his first real pay day?

Zack Martin: Talks ‘were stressful, but the Cowboys took care of me’ - Patrik Walker, 247 Sports
Zack Martin just got paid, and his remarks about getting the deal done remind us that there is more to these decisions than money and playing football.

Fun asides aside, Martin is more thankful for what the new deal means for his family than anything. The native of Indianapolis, IN has made himself quite the home in the Metroplex over the course of his first four years in the NFL, and the last thing he wanted to do was uproot his loved ones and head somewhere he didn’t want to be.

”...Having to sit out of OTAs was really stressful, so that weight was lifted off,” said Martin. “And then, I think a big thing for [my family] is just knowing that we’re going to be down in Dallas and we can continue with what we’ve been able to start down here and be a part of that. That was the biggest thing for me.

”We wanted to stay in Dallas and get it done.”

Dak Prescott lands multi-year endorsement deal with Campbell’s - Patrik Walker, 247 Sports
This is why being part of the Dallas Cowboys is just a bit nicer than almost any other team. It brings opportunities, as Prescott signs a new deal with Campbell’s Soup.

This adds to other companies who have Prescott as the face of their products, including AT&T, Adidas, Pepsi, Tostitos, 7-Eleven, Beats by Dre, Panini, New Era, Keurig, Nicholas Air and Dannon.

He was brought onto the latter in 2017, following a controversial statement by Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton that saw the company immediately dismiss him as their spokesperson. Prescott was projected to make upwards of $3 million last year, his endorsement income absolutely dwarfing the whole sum of his rookie contract -- an amount that comes to just above $2.3 million in salary over four years. That was also before the new agreement being signed with Campbell’s, further driving his off-the-field income north while some critics choose to key in on a pre-agreed upon NFL contract structure that won’t change anytime soon.

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