Deep down, it has to be discouraging for Dak Prescott.
All four of his interceptions this season have hit his receivers’ hands first before coming down in the arms of defenders.
The Dallas Cowboys third-year quarterback already has as many interceptions as he did his entire rookie season. Prescott, ever the reliable leader, isn’t letting it bother him. In fact, he’s choosing to see a positive in the picks.
“I don’t think it’s discouragement. I think, if anything, it’s simple as a positive,” said Prescott, who threw 13 picks in 2017. “The ball is not necessarily going in the wrong place. The ball has been catchable for the most part.”
If anything, Prescott said, he’s discouraged by the fact that he might need to better choose his tight windows. Or do his receivers need to do better at coming back for the ball? Deonte Thompson could have done a better job of closing in on a pass that was intercepted against the Texans.
“That’s why I have to figure that out. Am I trying too tight of windows here or do I need get on my guys more to come back to the ball,” Prescott asked aloud.
For example, Prescott said, his pass attempt to Blake Jarwin against Seattle could have been more accurate, but Jarwin also could have come back hard to the ball to prevent the deflection and the first of two interceptions.
One thing they all agree on? They need to communicate better before and during a play.
“I understand that maybe the one to [Jarwin] was a bad location. It was a ball he could have come back to but [the pass] could have been more inside,” Prescott said. “I put it more left and gave that guy a chance to put his hands on it.”