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Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL underestimated Dak Prescott in this year’s draft.

The Ravens say they won’t underestimate Prescott on Sunday when the two teams meet in Arlington, Texas.

When Prescott fell to the Cowboys in the fourth round, the successor at quarterback to Tony Romo fortuitously fell into their lap. Prescott entered the league with a chip on his shoulder, determined to prove that he should have been selected much higher.

After Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason, Prescott seized the reins of the Cowboys’ offense and has refused to look back.

“I can’t tell you the theories of why everybody bypassed me,” said Prescott during a conference call.

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“I think it could be a couple of different things. But yes, I am a guy that always had a chip on my shoulder. I feel like I have always been doubted all the way throughout my life – at the quarterback position, specifically, yes, especially coming into the league. I am thankful to have the opportunity to play, but it definitely made that chip grow.”

Leading the Cowboys to an NFL-best 8-1 record, Prescott is having a terrific season, not just for a rookie quarterback.

Prescott has completed 66.8% of his throws, with 14 touchdown passes, two interceptions, and a 106.2 quarterback rating.  After watching film of Prescott this week, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees hopes to contain Prescott, but he does not expect to rattle him.

“I don’t know after nine games if he’s considered a rookie anymore,” Pees said. “You can say he’s a first-year player. But I don’t think he’s a rookie anymore. This guy’s seen a bunch of stuff. They’ve played three (AFC North) divisional teams that you know throw everything they have to throw at him, and nobody’s rattled him.”

Several weeks before the draft, Prescott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, a red flag for some teams. However, Prescott was found not guilty of the charges in July, and the Cowboys have sworn by Prescott as a leader, both on and off the field.

“Those are the reports that we got from people at Mississippi St. who were around him every day,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in a conference call. “The coaches that coached him there were just so impressed by the approach that he took, how much he loves football, how much he is a natural leader.”

Prescott hopes to lead the Cowboys to their ninth victory on Sunday. The Ravens know they can’t approach Prescott like a typical rookie quarterback.

“No, and then he’s a big kid on top of that, and he is strong,” said Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

“He can run. They are doing a great job at putting him in positions to make plays. He definitely has to be accounted for.”  

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A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

It’s been a good day for tight ends in the NFL.

To start the day George Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the league. Shortly after, Travis Kelce signed an extension keeping him in Kansas City for an additional four years. Now it’s hard to talk about NFL tight ends and not mention either Kittle or Kelce’s name as two of the best in the league. It was only fitting that the two get paid on the exact same day.  

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Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract extension. Kittle deserves every penny of that deal as he’s racked up 2,945 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in NFL history after three seasons. He’s a do-it-all tight end who has great hands, blocks like a guard, and is a huge asset to the locker room.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension. Kelce is a huge part of the Chiefs offense and his stats show that he’s one of the best in the league. He’s the only tight end to ever record four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he’s the fastest tight end ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards.  

Kittle and Kelce have set the bar high with their play on the field, but they have now also set the bar for the price tag at their position that comes along with it. 

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Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Football is back on TV as the new season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered Tuesday evening. It’s the first time in the documentary's 15 seasons that the show will follow two teams, the Los Angles Chargers and Los Angles Rams. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from episode one. 

Anthony Lynn tested positive

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn revealed in the opening scene that he had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year. Lynn is the third known NFL head coach to have contracted the virus, joining New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Justin Herbert shines

The Chargers first-round draft pick was the star player of episode one showing off his arm skills. He nailed almost every one of his targets during accuracy drills. The episode didn’t show too much of any player, but the former University of Oregon signal-caller stole the show in small amount of camera time he had

Rams head coach Sean McVay

Sean McVay’s introduction to the show had fans jealous of the panoramic views from his home in Los Angeles. McVay’s jokes were also a highlight of the episode. 

COVID-19 precautions and safety

Training camp is off-limits to fans in order to decrease potential exposure of the virus for players and staff. With that in mind, Hard Knocks is fans and media members first look at what an NFL training camp in 2020 looks like. From the frequent testing to the outdoor facilities that both the Rams and Chargers have invested in, it's a different type of training camp. It’s also a different type of Hard Knocks, but because of our desire for anything football-related, it has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet.
 
It will be tough to top the excitement of episode one but with two teams in action, there's no shortage of storylines. Episode two airs on HBO next Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. 

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