Dak Prescott hopes a change in mechanics yields results

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On Thursday, Dak Prescott will jog onto the field for the Dallas Cowboys’ first training camp practice of 2018 with optimism for what could happen over next five months.

But it is the work Prescott put in nearly five months ago that has him excited.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Before the official start of the Cowboys’ offseason program in April, Prescott worked out with 3DQB a few hours south of Oxnard, California, training with former NFL quarterback John Beck under the program designed by Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.

Prescott’s journey to 3DQB started out of necessity. In his first two NFL seasons, he worked with Tom Shaw, a noted trainer, but Shaw took a job with the Oakland Raiders and was no longer available.

Prescott did some research and saw the results 3DQB had not just with quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, but younger quarterbacks like Jared Goff and Blake Bortles.

“The reason Tom can play until he’s 45 or whenever he wants is that he uses all of his body in his throws,” Prescott said. “It’s not just his arm. Me being young, I can use my arm and get away with it. If you use the rest of your body, like the greats do, then you’ll see the benefits.”2

House, a former Texas Rangers pitching coach, has been a mechanical guru for decades. The program focuses on biomechanics, functional strength, mental and emotional fitness, nutrition and sleep. Prescott dropped about 10 pounds in the offseason, looking leaner than he had his first two seasons.

“He’s a big guy. You really don’t realize it unless you stand by him and look at him,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He’s naturally a big guy anyway. [The loss of weight] probably helps him, helps his mobility a little. … He’s always been a pocket guy, a pass-first quarterback. I think he just feels like there is no downside to being in the best shape you can [be in].”

When Prescott has gotten off kilter in his first two seasons, he has looked mostly at his footwork. His completion percentage dropped from 67.8 percent as a rookie to 62.9 percent in 2017. This offseason, he has studied Brady’s ability to keep his feet calm and keep the ball in position to release quickly. By remaining in a more ready position, the passes should be more accurate.

“Dak has a real confidence in his ability to just pull the ball and deliver it,” Linehan said. “The anticipation, getting the ball out, it’s just doing it a little quicker. We had a play in practice where the snap was low but he got the ball and got it loaded and thrown way quicker than he would’ve last year. He just got his feet in good position.”