Dak Prescott went on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless this week and doubled down on his comments recently that the Dallas Cowboys are going to surprise people in 2018.
Prescott said critics have lower expectations of the Cowboys going into this season than they did a year ago because of their 9-7 finish in 2017 and the offseason departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
“On paper, we are a different team,” Prescott said Wednesday. “We know where we want to go, we know what we got to do to get there. We know where we are at … People have certain expectations of us. We know how good we can be. We know the players we have on this team.
"We are heading into the offseason and getting ready for camp feeling good about ourselves.”
The losses of Witten (retirement) and Bryant (released) means the ball will be spread around more in the passing game. That is how Prescott interprets the new Dak-friendly moniker given to the Cowboys offense.
“We have to be more balanced all the way around,” Prescott said when asked what Dak-friendly means to him. “We know we have a great back in Zeke (Ezekiel Elliott). We got a lot of different guys at receiver and tight end, a lot of guys you don’t know about. Expect the ball to be spread around. Our best games are when I have eight different guys with catches and Zeke dominates in the run game, us opening it up and defenses not knowing what to expect from our offense.”
Prescott is not surprised that Bryant doesn’t have a job because he believes the Cowboys all-time leader in touchdown receptions is looking for the right situation after turning down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in April.
He said Bryant will have a team before the start of the season.
Still, Prescott remains mystified why he and Bryant never got on the same page with the Cowboys.
“I can’t wrap my finger around that or we would have been able to fix it,” Prescott said. “We worked in practice. We worked outside of practice. We put in the extra time. Who knows? Who knows?”
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