The world can't get enough of Dak Prescott, the cool, calm, collected, and winning starting rookie quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys through the first five weeks of the 2016 season.
Prescott set the rookie record for passing attempts without an interception in his week 5 win against the Bengals, surpassing Carson Wentz who tossed a game-ending interception in the Eagles first loss this week.
This week's cover story: @Dak Prescott has been a perfect fit for a franchise in transition (by @SIPeteThamel) https://t.co/61TInhLZXJ
Now, the record setting quarterback of America's Team, and the eighth signal caller taken in the 2016 draft, will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated - a distinguished mark that athletes around the world strive for.
Prescott is the first rookie QB to make the cover since May, when the first overall pick Jared Goff made an appearance in his Rams uniform. Goff has still yet to sport that uniform in live action for his team this season, while Prescott has given the Cowboys hope for the present and the future - selected 134 picks after Goff.
Dak Prescott has actually graced the SI cover twice before, but as a Mississippi State Bulldog both times. Most notably, Dak was featured here when he led Mississippi State to the nation's top ranking in college football.
"Who Dak?" is the question that this cover story now asks, a question that a multitude of answers depending on how you feel about Tony Romo with the Cowboys (the last Dallas QB to make the SI cover outright* back in December of 2013, with a feature article pleading fans to respect the greatness they currently see in Prescott).
In a simple answer, and one that you would expect to hear from Prescott himself, he's simply a player that has his team in first place in the NFC East - one game and Sports Illustrated cover at a time.
Use the comment section below to share your thoughts on Prescott and this SI Cover! You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com!
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.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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