Monday's NFL: Cowboys' attitude suits QB Dak Prescott

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Minicamp ended for the Dallas Cowboys 10 days ago and the team doesn’t report to training camp in Oxnard, Calif., until July 24.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, however, has yet to take a vacation.

He was busy this past weekend hosting his annual youth football camp at Byron Nelson High School, attended by roughly 500 kids.

Prescott plans to head to the Bahamas for a vacation in the next week or so before coming back and taking a trip with his receivers and running back Ezekiel Elliott to bond and work out.

Receiver Allen Hurns came on Saturday and Elliott came on Sunday as guest coaches.

Prescott was focused on the kids at the camp but he couldn’t hide his excitement and optimism about the Cowboys heading into 2018.

He knows there are a lot of doubters out there because of the departures of tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant and the lack of big-name replacements.

He says the Cowboys have the right attitude and the right people to surprise some people in 2018.

“I like where we are headed,” Prescott said. “I like the way we finished OTAs and minicamp. I like our attitude as a team, our hunger, the youthfulness, the energy.

“You can see guys excited to get back. And what’s good, the last day of an OTA or minicamp, guys weren’t sprinting out the door. That was exciting to see. And knowing that guys want to get back together in this off time to not only just hang out but to work and get better at ball. That is exactly what we need in a young team.”

“It’s hard to (surprise) people with the Dallas Cowboys, our standards are high,” Prescott continued.

“But when you hear talk we don’t have this player, we don’t have that player. We don’t have a lot of well-known guys. But that only makes the guys we have hungrier.”

Prescott held court for about five minutes with the media during a break from camp.

But the toughest questions came from the kids and their parents.

Outside of asking him about if he plays Elliott and his other teammates in the popular video game Fortnite, Prescott said the question he was asked most was whether he was going to take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.

His answer: “I’m doing my absolute most.”

Extra points

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