Dak Prescott... ever heard of him?
The Cowboys Rookie Quarterback has taken the NFL by storm. He's perfect in every way: on the field, in the community, during press conferences, Dak is the total package.
While we've seen Prescott answer questions in front of the media, we got to see him in a whole new light when he was opening packages of trading cards in an episode of Panini Unwrapped.
Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott dropped by Panini America HQ earlier this week while preparing for Sunday night's huge showdown with fellow rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. During his visit, Prescott was nice enough to sit down for a must-see episode of Panini Unwrapped featuring the new 2016 Prizm Football and 2016 Impeccable Football.
Panini is one of the top dogs when it comes to collectibles and trading cards in the sports world. Late in September they released some special edition cards pertaining to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. This episode (12 minutes totally worth your time) is awesome from start to finish. Dak is far more of himself than what we've seen in his standardized press conferences and interviews. Some highlights include:
- When told he's playing like a seasoned vet, Dak says he has a good team around him that helps him.
- Dak refers to Jason Witten as the Greatest Tight End of All-Time and that Witten's demeanor makes you want to do better on and off the field.
- He shows praise for both Giants Receiver Sterling Shepard and Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz.
- Dak says he has not had a chance to meet Emmitt Smith personally, but Emmitt Smith is Dak Prescott's favorite Dallas Cowboy of All-Time. He says that if Zeke keeps doing what he's doing, maybe he can be talked about with him.
- Dak says that Cole Beasley can't be covered and that he is a master of the sauce! Dak goes on to say that Cole is one of his better friends throughout the building and that they're always spending time together.
- Dak was asked if anything has surprised him with everything that's happened so far this season and had the quote of the episode:
"I think everything that's happened on Sundays and throughout the season is just a tribute to what we do every day at The Star up there in Frisco and we've got a great chemistry within the team. Everybody I feel like wants to hang out outside of football... on our off days we're getting together and it's a bond we're creating that's just showing on the field on Sundays. We honestly believe the sky is the limit at every position for every guy as long as we keep playing together."
- When discussing nerves Dak says, "I get nervous at practice more than I do in the game."
- Dak says the best word to describe this whole experience is "fun."
- Broncos Quarterback Paxton Lynch was Dak Prescott's roommate at the combine, Dak calls him a funny guy.
- Later in the episode Dak reiterates that Emmitt Smith is his favorite Cowboy of all-time and that he has yet to meet him personally. "I'm waiting for you, Emmitt!" is what he says cheerfully.
- Dak signs his own card at the end of the episode, making it the first hard-signed prism card of his that exists.
Throughout the whole episode Dak is incredibly charming, funny, and incredibly humble. He is a genuinely great person and someone we should all be extremely grateful for.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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