The Dallas Cowboys offseason is a long stretch of time where we all feel like we're starving for America's Team-related action, and we've got a nice bit of it here for you today. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott joined Mississippi State's "Bully Pulpit" Podcast with Matt Wyatt to discuss a variety of things.
You can - and should - listen to the entire 24-minute interview, but there are a lot of highlights to glean from it in case you find yourself particularly busy this weekend. The podcast gets started with Prescott discussing how life is for him these days and what he's doing mentally to prepare for 2017.
Matt: What is a typical day in the offseason like right now for you like?
Dak: It’s a lot of relaxing time. It’s down time. This is my time and my period just kind of to get away from the game. I kind of starve myself from the game right now so when I get back in and when we start working out here in the next couple of weeks that I’m in it, I’m energized. So right now it’s either hanging out with family, video games, something real light… not to stress myself out but just to kind of get away from everything and relax.
Matt: It’s really interesting to hear you say kind of, starve yourself from the game… intentionally. Like almost if you were to look at it from a religious standpoint like fasting on purpose to kind of make you hungry for it when you get back into it, a very intentional move on your part.
Dak: I’ve always felt like when you get time away from the game, you’ve gotta get away from it. When you do anything, when you do anything repetitively, non-stop without a break it gets monotonous. As much as you want to claim you have the energy for it and it never gets old, that’s not realistic. So for me it’s just, it’s a fast- I love the game more than anything. I always want to have the most energy, the best attitude going into a locker room, or going into a workout. So that’s what I’ve found to be the best way to keep my energy, is to get away from it when it’s time and be ready to go.
Matt: What has your life been like? Maybe the right way to word it is, how has your life changed since August?
Dak: I haven’t changed, the people around me changed. More people started to know who I am, more people try to come up to me for pictures, or autographs, or something like that. But I can’t say that it’s just been that big of a difference just for the simple fact that I try to keep myself secluded as much as I can. When I go out in public I know what comes with it is just part of the territory so I’m expecting to take pictures, I’m expecting to sign some autographs, but for the most part it’s been fun. Nothing’s really changed drastically that I can say it’s overwhelming or anything like that, it’s just been a fun, fun year.
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Later in the episode, Dak is asked about his best game ever at Mississippi State. He first cites when the Bulldogs went to Louisiana State and came out with a huge victory on the road (September 20th, 2014), one day later his future team would storm back for their own epic win after falling down 21-0 in St. Louis against the Rams. Dak goes on to say that perhaps his most prolific collegiate contest was a win at Arkansas his senior year. That day the future Cowboys QB would do something he only ever did once for MSU - throw five touchdowns.
40% of Dak's 5-touchdown day belonged to Fred Ross as well, who totaled 10 catches for 154 yards with those two scores in the big MSU win. Fred Ross is a name we've seen come up a few times as a potential Dallas Cowboys Draft target, as many fans are hoping for a potential reunion in the NFL.
One of the neater points of the podcast is when Matt gives Dak three choices to choose from in terms of the best throw of his rookie season. These are throws that Matt has pre-determined and lists them off for Dak. You can listen to the call of the third one within the podcast and see the other two below.
Listening to Dak Prescott on Bully Pulpit lets us get to see a little bit more about who he is. He discusses his offseason life, where he came from, what's important to him, and even how his Christmas tree was decorated a few months ago. If you're a card-carrying member of Cowboys Nation, you absolutely want to listen.
Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA
It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.
Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.
I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.
After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...
Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.
And Landon Collins had this to say...
If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.
The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.
Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.
The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.
Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.
Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.
We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.
Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans
The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.
Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw
Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.
The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.
The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.
But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.
Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.
It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.
Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.
BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.
Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.
Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.
After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.
The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.
While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.
While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.
The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.
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