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Jason Garrett: Amari Cooper has helped Dak Prescott get the ball out faster

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Coach updates us on all things Cowboys.

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The final press conference before the Cowboys face the Rams was today. Let’s see what coach Garrett had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes).


How satisfied are you with the pressure from the defensive line?

You are never satisfied, you always strive for more. Pressure on the QB is an objective every week, it’s an important part of the game to stop the run and affect the QB. We got guys around the QB most of the time but we want more.

Injury updates?

Cole Beasley and Blake Jarwin would be limited if they do anything.

Would not having Beasley hurt with Aaron Donald because Beasley is a quick outlet for Prescott?

Everything helps in pass protection, the short passing game, the main blocker, the adjacent blockers, the receivers, the running backs, the QB. Bease a big part of that, it’s a collaborative effort to stop Donald.

How much has Michel Gallup improved this year?

He’s gotten so much better, by this time their not freshman anymore. He’s grown a lot, he has a bright future, he learns from experience and continues to build and grow.

Does having an experienced receiver like Tavon Austin help Gallup?

With all parts of team you want leadership throughout team. We got a lot of good young leaders, guys who do it the right way and they are a coach’s best friend. You just tell players to “watch him” and it has a big impact on the team.

Did Dak take all his reps and how does he look?

He’s doing fine.

The 2016 draft, all but one player is here, how successful was that draft?

We have a good feel for how we want the team to look, the values that we have to build the team. Young players who are willing to work at it and can hold up over success and adversity. They’ve done a good job. That draft was excellent for us, that’s the vision for the team.

Analytics say that Dak is getting the ball out faster recently?

I think what your asking is about Amari Cooper and he has made a difference, and he’s done it quickly. He picked everything up right away and he gets open, he makes little plays and big plays, it’s been a positive impact. It impacts how the opposing defense sees us and it gives other players opportunities. And over time as a QB you get more confident and comfortable with the players.

Dak said that Amari Copper is talking more now?

Yes, although it’s not quite a paragraph yet. (laughter) He’s a great young man, serious minded, loves ball. He is getting more comfortable and is talking more. We have some nice conversations at breakfast, talk about his eggs, or whether he likes hot salsa. (laughter)

Special teams fakes from the Rams?

They have done a lot of fakes this year and throughout their history. John Fassel is a great coach and will challenge you with fakes, you have to be ready. We have plenty of time allocated to special teams.

Xavier Su’a-Filo vs. Connor Williams?

Su’a-Filo is doing better health-wise, we anticipate him practicing, Williams is doing well. We’ll make that determination over the next few days.