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LISTEN: Dak Prescott Joins Mississippi State’s “Bully Pulpit” Podcast

RJ Ochoa

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Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

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.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott

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.

Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley

Dak Prescott finds Cole Beasley on third down during Week 2’s win in Washington.

 

Dak Prescott, Brice Butler

Dak Prescott finds Brice Butler for a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half when the Cowboys visit the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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.

Tell us what you think about “LISTEN: Dak Prescott Joins Mississippi State’s “Bully Pulpit” Podcast” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

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“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

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In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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