The Dallas Cowboys training camp has ended in California, as they return to Texas for the remainder of the pre-season. One of the main storylines heading into training camp was the progress of QB Dak Prescott. Will he be able to rebuild off a successful rookie campaign or will he suffer from the dreaded sophomore slump? According to his coaches, Prescott has looked impressive throughout camp and hopes to continue his success into the regular season.
Dak Prescott will make his preseason debut against the Indianapolis Colts on August 19th at AT&T Stadium. Prescott will more than likely only participate in the first couple of drives before being relieved by back QB Kellen Moore. The primary purpose of pre-season is to get ready for the upcoming season without suffering any injuries. With the impending suspension of RB Ezekial Elliott, it is imperative that the Cowboys protect their franchise QB. They do not want Prescott to suffer the same fate as Tony Romo during the third game of the preseason when he suffered a severe back injury, which ultimately cost him his starting job.
Prescott impressed coaches throughout training camp, as he completed 159 of 220 passes with only six interceptions during the teams seven on seven drills. Of course, training camp practices are vastly different from an NFL game; it is still a good sign that Prescott is having a productive camp. Maintaining ball control will be a key element of the Cowboys offense as they look to protect a defense that experienced large turnover during the off-season. Focusing on the ground game behind one of the best lines in the NFL is a formula for success that has worked well for the Cowboys over the last few years.
The Cowboys hope the maturity of Dak Prescott will continue to mold the team into a Super Bowl contender and to help the team avoid off the field drama that always surrounds the Dallas Cowboys. The coaches praised his focus and work ethic throughout the off-season, and they believe it has had a positive effect throughout the team. Many NFL experts believe the Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders and are heavily favored to make a return trip to the playoffs. The only way that is possible is through the steady growth of Prescott and an improved defense that had trouble defending the pass last season. The Cowboys invested heavily in the secondary through the draft and hoped to receive an immediate impact from the talented rookies. An improved defense will go a long way toward making the Cowboys perennial Super Bowl contenders.
Jerry Jones was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month and hopes to finish the upcoming season with a Lombardi Trophy. The Cowboys organization hopes to end a 21 year Super Bowl drought through the leadership of Dak Prescott and a dynamic offense. Only time will tell if they will build off their success as the countdown to the NFL season draws ever closer.
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