Amari Cooper set himself a huge goal for the 2019 season - 2,000 yards. While that might be just a bit ambitious for the Cowboys star receiver, Dak Prescott loves it. Dream big!
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott nodded and smiled when told Cooper’s goal.
“I love it. That means I’m throwing the hell out of it, so I love it,” Prescott said Tuesday at his ProCamp youth football camp in Haughton, Louisiana, via video from Mark Lane of WFAA.
No NFL receiver ever has had a 2,000-yard season, although Calvin Johnson came close in 2012 with 1,964 yards.
“I love that confidence, honestly. Just that right there,” Prescott said. “For a guy that came in, people say he didn’t talk much or whatever happened on the last team he was [on]. For him to be as confident as he is, to be playing and practicing the way he’s been doing. . . .Our chemistry has grown so much in just the one offseason we’ve had. I’m excited for this year. I don’t think his goals or the things that he said or too far-fetched or out of reach.”
After DeMarcus Lawrence was signed, all eyes turned to who would be next. Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are the lead candidates, so the staff at the Mothership opined on who would be the next to get PAID!
David Helman: I understand the Cowboys can save more money by getting Cooper done, but at this point in the offseason, what are those savings really doing for you? I’d much rather figure things out with Dak. This is the biggest deal you’ll pay out for the foreseeable future, and it centers around the most important position on the team. I’m fascinated by how the Cowboys will structure their deal with Dak, and how much it will eventually affect their cap. On top of that, they run the risk of future quarterback deals altering the market once again. Cooper’s deal needs to get done, but Prescott’s will set the tone for where things move over the next few seasons. I think it would be huge if the Cowboys could get this deal done before the start of the regular season.
Film room: 3 Cowboys players who deserve more respect, including one of Dallas’ starting O-linemen - John Owning, SportsDay
The always enjoyable John Owning has three players who he thinks deserve a little more respect that what they are getting. Complete with film breakdowns, he walks us through his reasoning, including right tackle La’el Collins who he suggests suffered when the team brought on Paul Alexander as the line coach.
Collins struggled as a result, giving up seven sacks, four QB hits and 34 pressures through the first 13 weeks of the regular season. It became obvious that Alexander’s tutelage wasn’t meshing well with the offensive line, which is why he was fired during the Week 8 bye.
Former Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo was elevated to the OL coaching gig in an effort to revert back to a style more akin to Dallas’ previous coaches. And while it took a few weeks for Collins to get back in the swing of things, he looked much more comfortable from Week 14 until the divisional playoffs, as Collins gave up just one sack, two QB hits and 10 pressures over the last six games.
There is another tight end on the roster besides the four we generally talk about. Codey McElroy took a circuitous route to get to the NFL. He just hopes he can stay now that he has a chance in Dallas.
How He Got Here: How much time you got? Here’s the Cliffs Notes version: He played three years of baseball in college, got drafted by the Atlanta Braves, played two years in the minor leagues, retired, went back to Oklahoma State to graduate and play basketball. Then came football. “I went to go get another degree at another school (Southeastern Oklahoma State) and was on campus and didn’t have anything to do,” he said. “I was in intro classes that semester. So I decided to play football.” Now, a little like fellow Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers, the 26-year-old McElroy is learning the intricacies of the position without a lot of time on task: nine games at Southeastern Oklahoma in 2017. The Rams signed him last year and took him to training camp as an undrafted rookie. The Cowboys signed him this past March as a free agent.
Why wide receiver is the Cowboys’ most interesting position group heading into training camp - Jon Machota, SportsDay
We all know that Jason Garrett is working on the final year of his contract. It’s generally assumed this team has to do something pretty special for him to get a new contract. If that doesn’t happen, who would the Cowboys turn to? Kris Richard? Jon Machota offered up his thoughts.
If things don’t go well for Jason Garrett next season, is Kris Richard next in line to be head coach?
Machota: I think he’d be in the mix. Of course, the defense would have to perform well for that to happen. Hard to believe they’d go with Richard if the team had a disastrous year and the defense was awful. But if they just fall short in the playoffs again, I think Richard is the No. 1 candidate in-house. Outside candidate: I will always have Sean Payton No. 1 on that list. I’ll believe he won’t take the job when it’s offered and he officially turns it down.
What Connor Williams has done to make sure he’s ready for Year 2 with Dallas Cowboys - Drew Davison, Star-Telegram
The weak link on the offensive line last year was at left guard. Rookie Connor Williams had an up and down season where his move from tackle to guard, and his lack of size and strength was an issue. He’s reportedly put on weight this offseason and feels he’s improved, even though that process never stops.
“I definitely feel like I’m improved a lot from last year, but definitely have a lot more things I need to improve on,” Williams said.
Asked if anything in particular stands out, Williams simply said: “Not particular, just overall.”
The Cowboys have discussed Williams as a possible long-term option at right tackle with La’el Collins set for free agency after this season. That’s something Williams feels he can handle as he played tackle at the college level.
For now, though, it’s about bettering himself as a guard and keeping a starting job.
“I think I’ve put myself in a good position and prepared myself well,” Williams said. “It’s about going out there and just competing.”