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, California — The Dallas Cowboys jersey’ decision to sign veteran running back Ronnie Hillman had nothing to do with a potential suspension of Ezekiel Elliott jersey, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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“It really has everything to do with Jahad [Thomas’] situation,” Garrett said, referring to Thomas’ hamstring injury. “Jahad, we thought he was going to be healthy and ready to go for training camp, and he was one day into it [and unable to stay healthy], and so we had to get another running back in here.”

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Thomas is an undrafted free agent. He has been slowed by a hamstring strain since joining the team. With Thomas out and Darren McFadden jersey jersey not practicing every day because of his veteran status, the Cowboys have had to give Rod Smith jersey and Alfred Morris jersey more work with the backups than they wanted.

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Cheap Nico Johnson jersey Speaking on SiriusXM Radio on Thursday, Jones says he believes an NFL decision on Elliott is “imminent.”

Elliott has not met with the media since training camp began, but Garrett said the talk of a potential suspension has not appeared to affect last year’s rushing champion early on in training camp.

“Zeke loves football,” Garrett said. “He studies his stuff hard, he’s very engaged in meetings. He loves taking part of walk-throughs. His walk-throughs aren’t really walk-throughs. He’s always running around, and certainly when he gets to practice he practices as hard and as well as anybody we have on our football team.”

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He worked out for the Cowboys last week.

“Just speed and a pass-catching back,” Hillman said. “I can do it all. Just play my role.”

With the departure of Lance Dunbar jersey via free agency, the Cowboys do not have a smaller, shifty back. They have hopes of using rookie receiver Ryan Switzer jersey some in that role. Switzer, however, injured his hamstring in Thursday’s practice.

“I remember watching him in playoff games and playing with the Denver offense that was so prolific,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Hillman. “He’s still young. He’s going to bring some really good experience in this league. He’s a cheap jersey different style back, size and style. So he’s going to be able to add a dimension for us and we’ll see. We’re going to let him absorb our offense a little bit before we get him right in the fire, but we’re excited what he brings to us.”

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants jersey are ready to ease up on quarterback Eli Manning jersey jersey as he enters his 14th professional season. He may even be on a football pitch count with his throws limited as the summer and season progress.

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It seems almost sacrosanct for an ironman quarterback who has never missed a start. But it seems likely to be Manning’s 2017 reality.

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The Giants say quarterback Eli Manning jersey jersey, who has never missed a start, will be on a “pitch count” in an effort to keep their veteran signal caller fresh for gamedays. Rich Graessle/Icon SportswireManning, 36, is coming off a sub-par season where he was constantly under pressure. He finished with 4,027 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and 20 turnovers.

cheap sports jerseys But Manning constantly said his arm wasn’t a problem. Even when he was asked after the season if he was bothered by a hand injury, Manning shook off that suggestion as well. He claimed to be fine physically and didn’t think his arm was a problem.

Cheap Khalil Mack jersey Manning, who two years ago reworked his throwing regime to improve his arm strength, had seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions in the final six games of the season.

“I don’t know if that was an issue or not, but that is something that we have talked about,” Reese said. “We want to make sure that he is fresh in the games late in the year and hopefully going into the playoffs. We want him to be fresh and ready to go.”

Even though Manning has proven indestructible physically throughout his career – the opener against the Dallas Cowboys jersey will be his 200th consecutive start – he’s inevitably closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Reese used the term “back nine” after the season.

The Giants are being proactive as they enter a season where they have high expectations.

“I think it is just common sense. You see it all around the National Football League. I think [Tony] Romo, one year there was one day where he never practiced. I think it was on a Wednesday or something like that,” Reese said. “You see it all over the league with older players, coaches give them some time off or some reps off and we have some older players at different positions that we want to have fresh going into the games and the latter part of this season and again hopefully the playoffs.”

There isn’t a specific plan of where or when to back off Manning’s throwing. Reese said it will be up to coach Ben McAdoo to make those decisions. McAdoo will be aided by the Giants’ analytics, GPS data and his assistants.

It’s not just Manning who could be backed off during practices this summer and season. There could be other veterans who face a similar approach. Brandon Marshall jersey jersey (30), Jonathan Casillas jersey jersey (30) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie jersey jersey (31) are other sensible options. They’re all veterans who have dealt with injuries over the past few years.

“There are a few guys on the squad that coach McAdoo and our staff, we’ve talked about, ‘Okay, let’s make sure these guys get to the game, get to the season.’ You’ve got to protect them in some ways. Each one of those guys you want to protect along with a few more guys, older guys you want to protect.”

Like it or not, Manning is in that group. He’s the oldest player on the Giants roster.

Reese said the Giants have taken some snaps away from Manning in recent years in order to preserve his arm and body. It cheap jersey has been met with encouraging results. The veteran quarterback may like taking every snap, but he doesn’t have to in order to be ready for game day.

“All competitive players want to play,” Reese said. “They want to stay out there, they want to take every rep, but he is a smart guy, too, so that is between the coaching staff and him and that is up to the head coach to look out for the pitch count, if you want to call it that, but it will happen with a few players across our team.”

Manning just so happens to be the biggest name and plays the most important position. Using extra caution should be a positive.

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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.

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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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OXNARD, California — One of Dak Prescott jersey’s best traits is his accuracy.

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His best throw of the day might have been in the “compete” period when he perfectly led WR Terrance Williams jersey jersey down the field on a go route. He overshot Williams in the play-action period, but he might have been sacked by LB Kyle Wilber jersey in a real game before the throw.

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