Dak Prescott may or may not be participating in the Dallas Cowboys‘ virtual offseason program, but there’s no disputing his attendance in the lab.
That is, the lab of renowned wide receivers coach and Dez Bryant’s longtime trainer David Robinson, who posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing Prescott, Bryant and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott conduct an on-field workout.
The group, including Broncos WR Fred Brown (Dak’s teammate at Mississippi State), was captured running routes and catches passes to, as Robinson put it, “train like a pro” ahead of the 2020 season.
— David Robinson (@drobalwayzopen) May 22, 2020
You might recall Robinson’s venue from a previously-reported April throwing session in which Prescott was “dropping dimes” to an uncovered Bryant, the former Cowboys star who remains a free agent.
— David Robinson (@drobalwayzopen) April 6, 2020
Unable to re-enter The Star even if he wanted to, thanks to the league’s softening COVID-19 measures, Prescott made good on his word to train away from the team facility absent a new contract. To that end, despite since-debunked rumors involving record-setting offers, the franchise-tagged quarterback is still deadlocked in negotiations.
It’s worth noting that Elliott continues to sharpen his pass-catching chops this offseason, perhaps to stave off impressive dual-threat sophomore RB Tony Pollard, who caught 15 balls for 107 yards and a touchdown last season. Pollard is projected to have a bigger role under the watchful eye of new head coach Mike McCarthy.
As for Bryant, his dream of rejoining Dallas likely died upon the club using its first-round pick (No. 17 overall) on WR CeeDee Lamb. But the three-time Pro Bowler, now fully recovered from a 2018 Achilles’ injury, is putting out film for 31 other potential suitors in the hopes of completing his years-long NFL comeback.
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Lamb Details Talks with Irvin, Dez About No. 88 Jersey
After Jerry Jones essentially strong-armed him into taking jersey No. 88 with the Cowboys, but before he finally accepted the responsibility, the rookie wide receiver picked up the phone.
Because it’s only right, he dialed the Hall-of-Famer best associated with the legendary digits. Lamb soon heard Michael Irvin’s voice — and blessing — on the other line.
“We talked about the tradition and the respect I had for him and that number,” Lamb explained Thursday, via Pro Football Talk. “Not about any pressure, but how much of an edge he’s giving me by wearing that number. No matter where I look, when I see myself, I’m going to see 88. It’s going to always remind me of who wore it before me.”
Lamb confirmed, as he did in his post-draft ruckus, that he initially chose No. 10 until Jones nudged him to assume No. 88, partly to follow in the footsteps of Irvin, Bryant and Drew Pearson, and partly to honor Jones’ late friend Jerry Lamb (no relation), who passed away last December.
Lamb relented, appeasing his boss and becoming only the 12th player in franchise history to don the dual eights and the first since Bryant, who similarly gave a stamp of approval.
“Kind of going more in-depth with the situation, just kind of understanding the tradition and how much that number means to this organization, and then how much of a foundation that number holds itself – the great legends before me and what they’ve done with that number, it’s kind of like, why not keep the tradition going, you know?” Lamb said, per PFT. “Obviously, they didn’t retire the number for a reason. So, just trying to keep the legacy of 88 going in Dallas.”
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