As Dak Prescott continues to learn, he’ll take chances to test his limits

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OXNARD, Calif. — As offensive coordinator Scott Linehan thought about it after Thursday’s practice, he could not recall an interception by QB Dak Prescott jersey during the Dallas Cowboys jersey’ offseason program. None in cheap jersey the nine organized team activities. None in the three-day June minicamp.

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On Prescott’s second throw of practice on Thursday, he was nudged from the side and a pass intended for receiver Dez Bryant jersey jersey sailed high and into the arms of cornerback Anthony Brown jersey.

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Then, in seven-on-seven drills, Prescott tried to fit a pass through tight zone coverage to wide receiver Brice Butler jersey jersey, but linebacker Mark Nzeocha jersey read Prescott’s eyes and jumped the play for the pick. Linehan was not pleased with that decision.

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Cheap Chaz Green jersey “The great thing about him is, ‘Yeah, I got greedy there. I’m not sure, a little temporary insanity there for some reason,’” Linehan said.

A year ago, what Prescott did best was protect the ball. He had just four interceptions to go with his 23 touchdown passes. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Prescott’s 5.75 touchdown-to-interception ratio was seventh-best in NFL history. Tom Brady jersey jersey posted the best ratio (28 touchdowns, two interceptions) last year.

Prescott opened his career with 176 straight passes without an interception, the most without a pick to open a career in NFL history. Then, after posting interceptions in back-to-back games, he went five straight without one. Two of his four interceptions came in one game (at the New York Giants jersey).

Many wonder how Prescott will do in his second year — but not anybody associated with the Cowboys.

“He’s one of the hardest-working guys I’ve seen at the quarterback position in a long time,” receiver Cole Beasley jersey jersey said. “His approach and his mindset will control that, and he’s had a great approach so far. He’s the type of guy that’s going to grind no matter what and continue to get better no matter how good he gets.”

Given his accomplishments, Prescott has set a high bar. Of the six rookie quarterbacks who have won at least 11 games in their first year, Russell Wilson jersey, Ben Roethlisberger jersey, Matt Ryan jersey jersey, Joe Flacco jersey jersey and Andrew Luck jersey jersey posted better touchdown-to-interception ratios in their second season. But the second-best to Prescott’s 5.75 rookie ratio was Wilson at only 2.60.

Last year Prescott was just figuring out the Cowboys’ offense, but he is taking more chances in practice this year to test his limits.

“For the most part, I’m just executing the play and what comes with what I see,” Prescott said. “I’m going to react off that. That just comes with preparation out here. Now, I think being at camp and these extra reps, this will give me time to rate, I guess, my risk versus reward, kind of test it sometimes. I may go into practice one day and just gamble the whole practice, but that’s what this time is for, so when I get in the game I know my chances.”

Linehan said Prescott knows when the coach is angry, “because I give him a look.” The look came Thursday, but Linehan knows how Prescott will respond.

“He gets mad and he gets over it,” Linehan said. “He’s really coachable. I don’t really get mad at him. … The best thing you can do when you have a negative play is you get to sit there. It might make you mad, but you can’t get frustrated. He’s really good at going to the next play. That’s what we work on.”

After Brown’s interception, Prescott rifled a slant through traffic to Bryant.

Because Prescott was so good last season, it is difficult to remember he is going into only his second season. He has just 16 games of regular-season action and one playoff game to his credit. He has plenty to learn.

So did Wilson, Roethlisberger, Flacco, Luck and Ryan. Of that group, only Ryan did not win a playoff game in his second season. Roethlisberger and Wilson each won a Super Bowl in Year 2.

The expectations for Prescott are high, but so is the ceiling.

“I’m only one year in, so there’s a lot that I can get better at,” Prescott said. “There’s more reps that I’ll encounter. There’s a lot more defensive looks that will come my way. So it’s a lot that I can get better at knowledge-wise. I can get my feet better. I can get better from dropping back from under the center, better accuracy. So it’s not one thing that I’m going to point out and say I need to work on: ‘This is what I can get better at.’ I just need to get better altogether at the quarterback position.”


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OXNARD, Calif. — Everybody knows what Ezekiel Elliott jersey and Dak Prescott jersey meant to the Dallas Cowboys jersey’ success last season as rookies.

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Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards. Prescott had 23 touchdown passes and won 13 games, the second-most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

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“If you think about the impact of those first four guys who played last year, it was significant as young guys going in, having the impact that they had,” coach Jason Garrett said.

wholesale jerseys It’s what the Cowboys haven’t seen yet — from the remaining four players of the 2016 class — that could sustain the success they had last year into the future.

Wholesale Marcus Murphy jersey “I feel like this can be like the team of the future as far as the leaders,” tight end Rico Gathers jersey said. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of leaders in this draft class with Dak, Zeke, Anthony, even Jaylon [Smith], who hasn’t played yet. It’s just about just solidifying ourselves on this team and showing everybody, the whole world, the coaching staff, why cheap jersey they drafted us. It’s all about the opportunity.”

If Jaylon Smith jersey can join Ezekiel Elliott jersey and Dak Prescott jersey as stars, the Cowboys could look at the 2016 class as another great one for a team with a history of great draft classes. George Walker/Icon SportswireAfter Elliott, Prescott, Collins and Brown, the rest of the class contributed just nine games and two tackles, and they all came from safety Kavon Frazier, a sixth-round pick.

Smith, the Cowboys’ second-round pick, expectedly missed the season as he recovered from a major knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame, but fourth-rounder Charles Tapper jersey, a defensive end, unexpectedly missed the season with a back injury.

Frazier could be in the mix for more playing time this season with turnover at the safety position. Gathers spent the year on the practice squad but has some in management excited about his potential. The only draft pick not remaining with the club is running back Darius Jackson, who was released last season when Darren McFadden jersey jersey returned from an elbow injury.

“I think our draft class is like a very complete draft class,” Frazier said. “You’ve got those big-name players, then a lot of behind-the-scenes players that are looking for their chance to step up. I think all it takes is a shot.”

In Cowboys history, draft classes are held to high standards.

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In 1964, the Cowboys selected three Hall of Famers: Mel Renfro, Bob Hayes and Roger Staubach jersey, who was picked in the 10th round. The 1975 class is known as the “Dirty Dozen” because 12 players made the opening-day roster and became stalwarts of Super Bowl teams, with Randy White jersey eventually making the Hall of Fame.

In 1989, the first year of Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones, the Cowboys selected Troy Aikman jersey with the No. 1 overall pick and he became the first quarterback to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. While he is in the Hall of Fame, the Cowboys also landed key pieces to their “Team of the ’90s” in ’89 in Daryl Johnston jersey, Mark Stepnoski and Tony Tolbert.

Of more recent vintage, the 2005 class stands out for its depth. The first pick, DeMarcus Ware jersey jersey, became the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks and is likely a future Hall of Famer, but the Cowboys also received production from Marcus Spears, Kevin Burnett, Marion Barber, Chris Canty jersey and Jay Ratliff.

Some recent draft classes are rather thin. Only Travis Frederick jersey jersey and Terrance Williams jersey jersey remain from the 2013 class. Zack Martin jersey jersey, Demarcus Lawrence jersey jersey and Anthony Hitchens jersey jersey are starters from the 2014 class. Byron Jones jersey jersey is the only starter so far from the 2015 class.

The 2016 class has Prescott, Elliott, Collins and Brown, but if the whole class reaches its potential, then it can join some of the great ones in team history.

“Once we hit the field and all come together and me and Jaylon prove what we’re supposed to prove,” Tapper said, “then we’ll talk about the dynasty that is supposed to be built.”





  
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