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Don’t Freak Out About The Cowboys Passing Game Just Yet

Cowboys Twitter was set ablaze earlier this week when an irrelevant, and fraudulent, stat was put out into the world by . The stat, if you haven't heard, indicated that Cowboys had not yet thrown a touchdown pass in any of the practices.

Even in a world where this information is true, counting touchdown passes during camp practices is just about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Yesterday in week one of my 19 franchise, Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns in a win over Carolina. That's about equally as indicative of how the real season's going to go as “training camp touchdown passes” are.

But I digress.

At the core of this internet freak out is some legitimate concern, however. The Cowboys downfield passing hasn't exactly been explosive, and all reports out of camp indicate that the has been stealing the show during team periods.

Though Prescott has been able to execute the underneath and mid-level timing throws thus far, the lack of downfield success has some fans worried. But I'm here to tell you to relax. At least for now.

With gone and a whole new crop of in, it's understandable that it's taking time to develop the downfield rapport. Prescott has to learn what receivers like  look like when they're open downfield, just as he had to learn to trust Bryant even when he appeared to be covered.

Not only is the personnel very new, but Dallas is also working with a brand new receivers coach in . Lal is trying to implement his philosophies and techniques with these new wide outs, while they are also trying to gel with Dak Prescott. Clearly, there's a lot of moving parts currently at camp, and it makes sense that it's taking time to get it right.

What is encouraging, though, is the success of the Cowboys' most tenured receiver, . Prescott and Beasley have developed a nice connection thus far, looking like they did during Bryant's absence in 2016.

This actually reminds me a bit of what the Cowboys experienced at a season ago. Early on, their struggled to find their way as young guys circled in and out looking for their home within the defense. But by the final six games of the season, guys like and had settled in, and the defense found its stride.

All the Cowboys passing offense has known for nearly a decade are and Dez Bryant. It's okay for them to some growing pains early on while trying to replace them and find new targets.

And I'm willing to bet that by week 8 or so, most of these issues will be resolved.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. So basically the same concerns as last season. Can’t throw deep, lack of TD passes like his franchise record 10 straight quarters without a TD pass. Got it.

  2. I’ve watched just about every clip from practice on my BR feed and Prescott is certainly not struggling. I do love when the Cowboys are underestimated though, it’s usually the years we win the division. Anyone who actually has high expectations for any QB in the NFL while their blindside is is getting run through like Courtney Love just simply doesn’t know very much about football. The 1 mistake that was made though was abandoning the run when Zeke went out, Morris was more than capable which he proved at the end of Zekes suspension and the right side of the OL was still as dominant as any in the league. The Cowboys more than fixed that problem with a fortuitous 2nd round pick and a healthy offseason from TS and we have all seen what Dak can do when he’s comfortable in the pocket. If this defense can stay healthy and perform as good as they did to end the season last year this team will be extremely hard to beat and if training camp is any indication of what’s to come, hahaha Dak isn’t going to have to score 30 a game to win and the armchair analyst can talk about why #4 only throws 25 times a game and Dallas isn’t blowing anyone out even though we control procession 40/20 and force everyone to play our game

    • Also to add to that they have added depth for the OL via free agency..just in case if there is an injury…so hopefully we shouldn’t have another Atlanta tragedy…

    • trying to figure out what practices your watching. yesterday 9 straight incompletions day before 3 picks and 7 straight incompletions. at what point do you consider it struggling. since the 7 straight games under 200 yards passing last year didn’t do it for ya the 10 picks he has thrown in training camp so far the less then 50% completion percentage. the lack of an kind of ball skill placement. they speak of everyday. I get you like dak and so does a lot of others. But he wont take us anywhere my money is on after game 6 garrett is fired for obviously poor performance . in steps kris Richard. he sits dak cause he hasn’t done anything for cooper rush. who by the way has been once again killing it in camp again. and we start winning. there is no scenario where dak leads us to a play off win ever. you don’t need to be a arm chair quarterback.
      its called common sense.

      • Got it all figured out don’t you? I’m amazed a non Cowboy fan knows more about what’s going on than myself, your team must REALLY SUCK because I could give 2 $#!+$ about them. Your logic is up there with the rest of the millenials, ignore the fact that the report was fake and keep pretending you know what you’re talking about like it’s a fact, hahaha. Hahahaha, too funny. I guess all the clips from Broaddus, Watkins, Archer, Fisher and Slater (my 1st cousin) are all fake showing Dak lacing Gallup, Hurns, Austin, Bease and Williams over and over. The real report from people I know that are at camp is who will get the nod at the #1 receiver job because 4 of those guys are playing lights out in TC. You wouldn’t even make such an asinine comment if you actually watched a Cowboys game last year or then again your thought process is obviously questionable anyways so who knows. When the Cowboys start the season 5and1 or better I want you to think about your ignorance and sit in a corner but then again that millennial brain will convince yourself the standings are wrong or something everyone else finds absurd but you. If you have to eat a tide pod or drink Windex for acceptance you’ve already lost at life.

      • poor poor pitiful person they didn’t abandoned the run last year the defenses didn’t fear the run purbacks couldn’t handle stacked boxes forcing dak to throw which caused dak to throw less than 200 yards in 7 of the 16 games last year where he threw most of his picks concluding dak cant carry a team when the running game is down thus backs my opinion that a volume passer type QB such as cooper rush can which is what I was saying your thought process hasnow come

      • So a (proven) fake report from Todd Archer of 0 for 9 in Training camp “complete period” = starting 0 and 4 + Garrett fired
        Same kind of thinking could only conclude undefeated and Superbowl champs after 3 for 3 and a Touchdown in a preseason game, right?

      • I’m pretty sure the only idiot on this post is the 1 who’s incapable of picking up on sarcasm or spell we’re. Hahaha, the logic train has left the station and you missed the bus.

      • thank you English teacher for correcting my spelling life is better now. see sarcasm idiot

      • the idiot actually would seem to be a person who corrects spelling on comments like he majored in English perhaps such words like anomaly or exasperating the latter explaining what it feels like to argue with such neanderthalistic human being such as you self. the former being a word to describe the incomparable complexity of your mental condition science has no name for it the most popular is stupid for academia’s sake stick to small words such as fart and oops

      • your still on the Todd archer thing. show me where i said Todd archer or I used the words fake report by Todd archer. your an idiot just plain and simple an idiot. I can see you sitting there in your tight whites your cowboy Jersey jerking off to old Jimmy Johnson clips of the 90s. get a girlfriend. football isn’t your thing.

      • You are really slow Melvin, you are repeating a fake report 1st made by Todd Archer, obviously you just repeat anything and don’t care where you get it from, hahahah! Here we go with the gay jokes, the typical backup for ignorance. I think you thought of tha]]t 1 for a little too long picturing me though. definitely a 49er fan. Funny, you’ve got a profile pic of an old man but you argue like an entitled child and It’s rather clear you’re incapable of thinking for yourself and now you wanna picture me in tight pants rubbing one out so I’ll leave you to that, you’re a little to throwed off for me. I’d rather talk about football. Just picture me laughing at you when the Cowboys win the division this year, actually just don’t picture me at all, you have other agendas.

      • agenda is a collective term and if a gay joke got to you that much that it bothers you then one can only imagine that you are and nothing wrong with that don’t ask don’t tell right. see thing is you haven’t proved anything is fake simply saying it is fake doesnt make it true for example you are an insufferable little cunt who responds only in insult which intern causes insults. every action as an opposite and equal reaction as it has been demonstrated. let me.guess your next comment insults of intelligence, presumptions of my allegiance, and attempts to find fault in previous comments. no need for confirmation that is an accurate prediction. I repeat the story because it is fact dak is incompetent on his own and I don’t need a report for that I have 16 games of evidence 6 games in particular that he is not a franchise quarterback. the definition of which means an individual capable of creating something from nothing when the times are difficult. your inability to understand my comments doesn’t constitute idiocracy on my part but illiteracy on yours

      • furthermore 3 for 3 isn’t impressive remember Alex tanney, Brandon weedon, hell even Kellen Moore looked 3 for 3 good at some point in their career in dallas but no one asked them to be starters. dak is not exempt from the rule that if you can’t play well then you won’t start at the very least he will have this year to prove he isn’t shit but say he continues to synchronize his story with RG3 and fucks up this year as well are you gonna be the cowboys fan to continue to ask that he starts? I’ll let you continue to write the kinda comments you write but in that tiny minuscule cell-sized brain you have managed to create logic and the logical thought you have created is you have no idea what you are talking about and your only reaction is to insult me that is a psychological condition that amplifies your inability to accept defeat so continue posting we both know the better man has won the debate today

  3. Dak is going to be just fine. He did better in 16 without having to force the ball to Dez 2/3 of the time like he did in 17. Love Witten but it was time to retire. I will take spreading the ball around and pounding the defense with Zeke all day as opposed to that garbage we saw last year. The Akkmen years weren’t dominated with 3500 yard passing years and he is a HOF QB and we picked up 3 SB. Balance is the key.

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