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    Dak Prescott Looked Sharp in Competitive Team Drills on Wednesday

    Fans of the and plenty in the mainstream media thought the sky was falling when Dak Prescott suffered a shoulder strain about a month ago. He didn't play in the against the on August 5 and as a precaution, the Cowboys are keeping him on the shelf until the season opener against the on September 9.

    After multiple MRI's the Cowboy's top signal-caller slowly worked his way back with some light throwing in practice. On Wednesday, for the first time since July 27, Prescott participated in competitive team drills, and the two-time Pro Bowler looked sharp.

    Prescott took 18 snaps in 11-on-11 drills and completed 11 of the 12 passes he attempted. The only incompletion came on a batted ball by .

    There were multiple passes over 20 yards completed by Prescott. He had a 30-yard connection with down the sideline and also a completion on the run to , which were the highlights of his day.

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    Prescott even got some work in after practice. He threw a few passes of around 40 yards to who recently returned to the field as well from an ankle .

    His best friend on the team, , talked after practice about how well Prescott looked throwing the football.

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    “Dak looks really good, man,” Elliott said. “He's throwing the ball with some pop. He looks good, looks like he's progressing.

    “I'm sure he'd rather not have to take those steps and just be out there and get in a whole camp. But, I mean, he's a grinder. He's a true pro with just the amount of work he puts in just to get to where he was off the ankle and back off this strained muscle. It's a true testament to the leader and player he is, and excited to get him back.”

    Wednesday's workload for Prescott was a continuation of what he did last weekend. Before the Cowboy's 20-14 loss to the , Prescott threw around 50 passes, a clear indication that he was on track to be ready for the season opener.

    had some glowing praise for the 2016 before Wednesday's practice.

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    “He's a competitor,” McCarthy said. “He brings that competitiveness and expertise to knowing the position. He makes the whole practice better because of the way he approaches it. Just his warm-up before practice is gamelike. He treats it the way you'd love to see all your players treat it. He's definitely one of the examples you use for the young players.”

    The Cowboys and Prescott have done an excellent job managing his shoulder strain. There have been no setbacks, and in two weeks when the season starts, he'll be ready to go.

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    JoeB

    Dak is a good quarterback, above average. But he is not an elite quarterback, someone to take you to the super bowl or even conference championship. He’s best on the run, but still has a lot of inaccurate throws and does not have an elite arm. But I guess he’s all we got right now. He’s there because Jerry has an infatuation with him although he was never convinced Dak was the quarterback of the future because he delayed signing him.

    VAM

    Good analysis JoeB. We should have done a better job with anticipating our QB2 position. Basically we have one QB, and if he goes down, we are done. But even with DP we are not going to any SBs. IMO, he is overated , and hyped up to the hilt. Lot of empty calorie yards, especially last year, makes him look better than what he actually is. Certainly not worth that stupid, second best player in NFL, contract. Cowboys painted themselves into a corner, hesitating, and then HAD TO OVERPAY. We should have drafted a REAL promising QB during the last two drafts, not this silly seventh round gimmick, wasted pick, BD, last year. I commented at the time, we should have made a play for Herbert somehow two drafts ago. Imagine him as our backup or even starter right now. He has a better arm than DP, and moves well enough, younger and on a rookie deal.

    JoeB

    So true and accurate VAM. And I agree with you 100% on Herbert. If there is such thing as an MSSM, mainstream sports media, in cowboy media coverage, they seem to sensationalize Dak well beyond his actual capabilities. But given the porous pass-blocking of recent years, a big mobile quarterback who can take hits and run away, may have been the best option. If they can run the ball effectively like they did in Daks rookie year, they may have a chance to cover up for Dak’s shortfalls and a weak defense.