Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Weighs in on Progress Dak Prescott Has Made Since Injury Return

Published 06/09/2021, 7:45 AM 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


The Dallas Cowboys are gearing up for what they believe will be the season to break their Super Bowl curse. The franchise last won a Lombardi Trophy over a quarter of a century ago and has since not even gotten close to reaching a Super Bowl. 

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But with quarterback Dak Prescott locked into a new contract and returning from injury, the Cowboys have reasons to believe that 2021 will be different. Prescott was on his way to breaking multiple franchise records last season given his early-season trajectory.

Sep 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws in the pocket in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys too were hoping to ride on Prescott’s meteoric form and make a run for the Super Bowl. But those hopes and dreams came to a crashing halt when their star QB picked up an ankle injury in Week 5 which ruled him out for the rest of the season. 

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After multiple surgeries and undergoing rehab, Prescott is thankfully back on his feet. And Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy expects the QB to be full-go come next month’s training camp. 

Dallas Cowboys ensuring Dak Prescott returns to his 100%

Speaking to ESPN, McCarthy said that the QB has been doing his bit to get fully fit once again for training camp. While he did take part in OTAs, the Cowboys continue to monitor his progress closely. 

“He hasn’t missed anything that’s been slated. He’s doing a lot of extra, frankly, so the anticipation would be for him to go every day is the outlook,” McCarthy said.

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“We’re not naive. It’s just like any player that comes back from injury, especially a major joint injury. The first year back, there’s going to be some things you have to work through, but I would anticipate we’d start with him in full mode, get him into the team periods and get back to playing football,” he added.

Talking further about his progress, McCarthy noted that the QB has been showing signs of regaining confidence in terms of footwork.

“He’s definitely had some moments from workouts, probably three to four weeks back, where I definitely felt once we were able to see him move in the pocket, out of the pocket-type drills, scramble drills,” he said.

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The former Packers HC said that these drills being doing to help Prescott find his groove again.

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“We’re doing more of that work by design for a number of reasons, and that only helps him … Physically, I think he’s right where he needs to be.”

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The Cowboys offense is stacked. In Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliot, Prescott has the perfect supporting cast to make a deep playoff run. And perhaps enough to even go all the way. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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