Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys able to show doubters incorrect this season


FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is prepared for the season to start out and to start proving to doubters that the Dallas Cowboys could be nearly as good if not higher than they have been a 12 months in the past once they received the NFC East and made the playoffs.

“The place we’re proper now, it is all pleasure. It’s,” Prescott mentioned. “It is actually a privilege to be the quarterback of this workforce, to be a frontrunner of those guys, offense, protection, this teaching employees that now we have. And yeah, particularly with all the pieces being mentioned about us — what I imply? — the dearth of what now we have, maintain writing, maintain speaking. We’re able to go play.”

As Prescott was getting ready for final 12 months’s season opener in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whereas getting back from his personal severe proper ankle damage, there was speak of three potential 1,000-yard receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb, plus a future Corridor of Fame left sort out in Tyron Smith.

As he prepares for the 2022 season opener in opposition to the Buccaneers on Sept. 11, he has only one 1,000-yard huge receiver (Lamb), whereas Gallup continues to rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and with Cooper having been traded to the Cleveland Browns. Smith is out till no less than December with a torn hamstring that required surgical procedure and is anticipated to get replaced by rookie Tyler Smith.

With Gallup out no less than for the primary sport, Lamb is the one different receiver to have caught a landing move from Prescott.

“I imagine excessive expectations create larger outcomes,” Prescott mentioned. “I really feel like I am my largest critic. I am powerful on myself. I am at all times going to carry myself to excessive, super-high expectations, larger than I believe anybody else can. If you really feel different individuals have these expectations for you as nicely, it is enjoyable. It is enjoyable. At that time, what you imagine in your self, different individuals imagine in it, too. You simply wish to proceed to enhance and be the most effective you’ll be able to.”

The Cowboys are accelerating Tyler Smith’s studying curve. The primary-round decide didn’t take a snap at left sort out throughout coaching camp and the preseason; nonetheless, he took extra of his work within the spring there than at left guard.

“Left sort out has at all times been my major place since like highschool, so it wasn’t one thing that was overseas to me,” Tyler Smith mentioned.

Mentioned Professional Bowl proper guard Zack Martin, “We’re not asking him to be Tyron Smith.”

Prescott remembers being the rookie thrown into the beginning lineup after Tony Romo suffered a again damage within the preseason in 2016. All he did was assist the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 document and win Offensive Rookie of the 12 months.

“If there’s anyone that is supporting the subsequent man up and about that mentality it is me,” Prescott mentioned. “Right here to help him, give him probably the most confidence that he wants.”

Not solely have the Cowboys not received a Tremendous Bowl or appeared in an NFC Championship Sport since 1995, in addition they haven’t made it to the postseason in back-to-back years since 2006-07. Prescott’s purpose is to finish that drought, on the very least.

“It is positively time for us to go back-to-back successful this division, attending to the playoffs, issues that you simply mentioned have not been achieved in my profession and hadn’t been achieved in a very long time,” he mentioned. “That is the way you make these steps. You bought to compile good years on high of excellent years to make these runs to offer your self an excellent likelihood. We received an excellent workforce. We received an amazing workforce, nice teaching, nice group. Now it is time to not have any lapse, be higher than we have been final 12 months and take the subsequent step on high of final 12 months.”