Prescott stays con­fi­dent

San Antonio Express-News - - NFL - By Clarence Hill

FRISCO — An ad­mit­tedly frus­trated Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott is not con­cerned with the out­side crit­i­cism of his dis­ap­point­ing play and ac­cu­racy woes in lead­ing the league’s 29th-ranked pass of­fense through five weeks of the sea­son. He’s built for that.

“I don’t care too much what peo­ple say,” Prescott said. “I never have. And if I ever gave that a thought or al­lowed that to seep into my con­fi­dence I wouldn’t be in this po­si­tion at all that I am in to­day. I never re­ally cared for it.”

What he does care about head­ing into Sun­day’s game be­tween the Cow­boys (2-3) and Jack­sonville Jaguars (3-2) and the league’s top-ranked pass de­fense is the strug­gles of the Cow­boys’ of­fense and his de­cline in pro­duc­tion since fash­ion­ing the finest rookie sea­son of any quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory in 2016.

Prescott threw 20 touch­downs with four in­ter­cep­tions and set a team record with 11 games with 100.0 quar­ter­back rat­ing or bet­ter as a rookie. He has 27 touch­downs, 17 in­ter­cep­tions and six games over 100.0 in the 21 games since, in­clud­ing five touch­downs with four in­ter­cep­tions in 2018.

“I know I’m a bet­ter player men­tally and phys­i­cally than I was a year ago or two years ago,” Prescott. “I know I am bet­ter men­tally, I see the de­fense. I know what is com­ing at me a lot more than I did my rookie year, a lot more. That’s what’s frus­trat­ing about all of it. But it’s about stick­ing to what I know, be­liev­ing in the peo­ple I know and the coaches and just fighting through it and know­ing it’ll get bet­ter.”

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