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Dak Prescott Taking Nothing For Granted, Focused On Tasks Ahead

Sean Martin

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Hey, you. Yes, you, presumed Dallas Cowboys fan and celebrator of #VictoryPoloMonday, do you need another reason to love rookie quarterback Dak Prescott? That answer is likely no, but I'm here to once again show why Prescott is a special player - simply based on his confidence, poise, and work ethic.

Prescott's star is shining bright to a national audience of football fans, but the rookie starting quarterback that was never part of the Cowboys' 2016 plan for a life without Romo is handling the pressure beautifully.

Focused on the tasks at hand, Prescott has reportedly turned down plenty of endorsement deals for extra money - that would also certainly boost his "star" status.

The dual threat quarterback, a trend in-and-of-itself in the NFL right now, understands that he is merely holding down the fort until Tony Romo is indeed ready to take over, in Dak's words, "his team" once again.

"He’s business. He loves being a Dallas Cowboy. He’s always been a Cowboys fan, and it’s kind of like it’s just meant to be.” - Jeff Guerriero, Dak Prescott's Agent

Think about it. It would be so easy for Prescott, who grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, to run with this being his team and never look back. Nothing Tony Romo can do will heal him any faster, so we know that Prescott will at least have to make a few more starts. In that span, the pride of Mississippi State could sign all the endorsements he wants, stand in front of the media proclaiming that he is the next Troy Aikman, and absolutely own America's Team as a fourth-round rookie who was the seventh quarterback taken in the draft.

Instead, the 23-year old has already learned from some life mistakes, arrested for a DUI in his college town just over a month before the draft. Prescott was later found not guilty on the first day of Cowboys' training camp, and has moved forward ever since.

For just a second here, remember just how bad the 2015 Dallas Cowboys were without Tony Romo. No matter the backup quarterback, that team was simply inept.

When Romo suddenly went down again in the preseason dress rehearsal, there was little reason to objectively look at this roster and say, "2016 will be different".

“He’s got a poise and a composure about him that’s beyond his years." - Jason Garrett

2016 has indeed been different through just two games. Dak, playing meaningful games against divisional foes, has yet to turn the ball over even a single time. Prescott is that difference in the perfect way, the right kind of guy to be living his near-perfect life in the silver and blue.

Let's talk about how awesome Dak is! Use the comment section below to share your thoughts on #4, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com.

You can also find me on Twitter right here @ShoreSportsNJ! 

Tell us what you think about "Dak Prescott Taking Nothing For Granted, Focused On Tasks Ahead" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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