Dak Prescott, Micah Parsons and Ezekiel Elliott – Biggest Takeaways From Dallas Cowboys’ Hard Knocks Premiere

Published 08/11/2021, 12:26 PM EDT
Aug 24, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: James D. Smith via USA TODAY Sports


NFC East franchise, Dallas Cowboys, endured an underwhelming outing in the NFL last season. The Jerry Jones-owned franchise started their campaign as firm favourites to make the NFL playoffs in 2020. However, their campaign was deeply affected by the season-ending double compound ankle fracture to Dak Prescott in Week 5.

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys on the field during warm ups before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The 2016 first-round pick is back in training this preseason. He is expected to challenge for the QB1 spot in 2021. Based on what we have seen in HBO’s highly-anticipated episode one of ‘Hard Knocks’, Dak is back and ready to take the league by storm.

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The first segment of the 5-part series centred around Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott and 2021 first-round pick, Micah Parsons.

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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott grab the spotlight during Dallas Cowboys Hard Knocks premiere

As Dallas Cowboys gear up for a crucial 2021 NFL season, the players are working on their fitness levels in the preseason. The first episode of HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ offered fans an update on the situation surrounding star quarterback, Dak Prescott.

The 28-year old confirmed at the start of the show that he had in fact undergone a second surgery on his fractured ankle. There was also information regarding the muscle strain that he is currently dealing with.

Oct 19, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Another player in focus was experienced running back Ezekiel Elliott. Zeke has arguably been average over the last two seasons. But Cowboys HC Mike McMcarthy is happy with the work that Elliott has put in over the last few weeks.

“I don’t even think we should run him this whole camp. He’s up there in carries, career-wise. He’s in much better shape than last year,” coach McCarthy said via the team’s official website.

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The last and final player who was featured heavily in the pilot episode was American linebacker, Micah Parsons. The former Penn State starlet was selected by the Cowboys as the 12th overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had the Cowboys no.12 calling the defence at the beginning of the game. That is a major level of responsibility for a rookie. This goes to show that Micah will directly push for a spot in the starting line-up as the Texas-based franchise aim for the NFC East crown.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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