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Do the Dallas Cowboys need to be concerned with Dak Prescott’s play in training camp?

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says has talked to holdout Zeke Elliott but understands his situation: We want him out here but that's business

When you’re in discussions for a contract extension that could be between $30-32 million annually, everything you do is going to get dissected down to the smallest detail.

Such is life for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

He has had an up-and-down training camp so far, though, he has already shown the organization enough. What he is doing daily in practice has no bearing on their contract negotiations, according to vice president Stephen Jones.

Quarterback coach Jon Kitna, for one, finds the discussion of Prescott’s performance in practice laughable.

“I think today’s NFL is funny, honestly,” Kitna said when asked about Prescott’s early struggles in practice on Tuesday. “The media is evaluating practices, because you just have no idea the things that we’re working on out there. You’re talking about Dak missing some throws early. I don’t even know. That was before we ever started any team stuff. We’re literally going through individual drills and working on different kinds of stuff.

“Dak is a great player. He comes to work every day and practices his tail off and he’s working on a lot of different things right now, which is what training camp is for. I think there has been a lost element of that a little bit in the league because there is so much access for you guys, which I think is great. But there is also this evaluation every day. You can read in the paper how many you completed and how many you didn’t, if you threw an interception. That’s crazy. Training camp is meant to be a place where you’re experimenting a little bit and trying to figure things out. I think he’s been great with all that.”

Since we are charting at home, Prescott completed 14 of 21 passes with three touchdown passes in team and 7 on 7 on Tuesday.

His best throw was a perfect deep ball to receiver Randall Cobb out of the slot. He also had touchdowns to tight ends Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin.

All totaled, he is 98 of 148 since the start of camp in team and 7 on 7.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.