Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
September 6, 2017
Q: What was your first reaction when you heard that running back Ezekiel Elliott would be playing Sunday against the Giants?
A: Good. I mean, just happy for my guy to be out there. Iím glad heís getting to play and put all this stuff behind him for a week, or forever how long we get to. Just get out there and enjoy just being on the field with him and go get a win.
Q: What has Elliott been like at practice today, what is the mood there?
A: Heís been good. I mean, he realizes thereís not much he can do from this standpoint, itís kind of all out of his hands and in the lawyerís hands and heís excited just about moving forward and you can just see that in his attitude. Heís gone out there and heís taken on practice the right way. Heís done a great job.
Q: Could you have imagined the difference now, compared to last year heading into your rookie season?
A: Yeah, I mean, itís been a big difference. Itís been a world wind. Iím much [more] comfortable now in the offense and everything that weíre doing here. A lot of success happened last year from that time to this point now. So, Iím just excited to be back out there and getting another opportunity.
Q: Does failing to beat the Giants last year give you any extra motivation heading into this game?
A: I think this game adds motivation in general. I mean, yeah, definitely not beating them adds motivation, it being game one to start a new 2017 season, you want it to come out the right way. That plays a big part in it.
Q: Why do you think this team can avoid the disappointing year that many successful teams have the following year?
A: I think, first, is that we donít necessarily look at those stats or worry about those things. Weíre a team that comes in focused each and every day. Weíre worried about whateverís at task. Weíve done a great job, led by our veterans and then just all these guys having the right attitude and coming in and just getting better. Some days Ė we practiced well today, first day of Week One, and had a great training camp. So as long as we just stay focused and take it one game at a time, weíll be fine.
Q: How much do you think it sticks with wide receiver Dez Bryant, that he only had two catches against the Giants last season?
A: Yeah, I know it does. Dez is a passionate guy. I know itís definitely motivated him coming into this game. Heís excited for it, heís ready for his matchup. Iím sure [Giants cornerback] Janoris [Jenkins] is the same way.
Q: How do you change the Bryant-Jenkins matchup in your favor?
A: Just continue to go through my offense. When Dez is open and Dez has a chance and thereís one-on-one situations, give a guy like Dez Bryant a chance and itís on him to go make that catch and I know heís excited about those opportunities heading into Sunday.
Q: Are there particular parts of your game that you want to see get better this season?
A: I mean, I want to get better at every aspect of this game. Itís hard for me to pinpoint and say, this one, or [these] two things. So, for the most part, Iím only one year in, so thereís so much that I can get better at and I can still learn and just get a better grasp. I know that Iíve worked on a bunch this offseason all in general and in camp, recognizing things faster, recognizing the looks the defense is giving me and having a better idea of where Iím going with the ball post-snap and getting to it quicker.
Q: Has footwork been important to you and has it improved over time?
A: Yeah, itís improved. Footwork is super important. I think as a quarterback, thatís a base and that starts everything. Your feet have to be in the right manner, right position to make those throws. So, youíre unbalanced or balanced with every throw youíre making. I mean, itís huge for me. Itís huge for me and being an athletic quarterback, Iíve got to keep them sharp.
Q: Did last yearís Week One game against the Giants do anything confidence-wise for you, playing well even in a loss?
A: Yeah, Iím a confident guy. I guess a little bit because I played well, but for the most part, I had the confidence in myself and in my teammates and they definitely gave me confidence last year going into that game. I donít think I played my best game, so I donít think I played that well. So, my teammates just kind of got that confidence and then I just prepared better and ended up playing better [in the second game against the Giants] than I did in that first game. But, it was good to just get in there in live-action, not in preseason a year ago and give us a chance to win, I guess I can say better. May not [have] played my best, but gave us a chance to win.
Q: What did you take away from what Giants safety Landon Collins said about the Cowboys not winning the division this year and itís the Giants time to takeover now?
A: I didnít go back and forth with him at all, I guess he made a comment about what I said. So, Iím not really sure what he said, I didnít really keep up with it for the most part. But, Iím sure heís got confidence in himself and his defense and I hope he does. Being in the NFL, thatís part of it, you have to have confidence in yourself and in your teammates and you have to give those guys confidence. I think anybody in this league would be crazy if they didnít think they were going to win or think they gave themselves a chance to win. So, when I was asked a question, thatís what I said. Iím just imagining that Landon said the same thing.