TE Schultz: Wholesome Dak has Dallas in great spot

FRISCO, Texas — A yr in the past, Dak Prescott was in the course of a rigorous rehab from a compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle suffered in Week 5 of the 2020 season. Whereas the Dallas Cowboys‘ offseason program formally began Monday, Prescott has already gotten loads of work along with his talent gamers.

Absolutely recovered from offseason surgical procedure to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, Prescott has held quite a few throwing periods.

“I believe it’s tremendous essential anytime which you can throw together with your quarterback,” tight finish Dalton Schultz mentioned. “It’s invaluable, I believe. You virtually can’t get sufficient of it and I believe that’s the place he’s at along with his well being and all the things in comparison with final yr when he was nonetheless in rehab. We’ve had ample alternatives to get out on the sector, throw with guys and simply type of begin that course of again up. Yeah, we’re undoubtedly forward of the place we have been final yr.”

For Schultz, the offseason started by signing the $10.9 million franchise tag, an enormous bump after making roughly $4.4 million his first 4 seasons, however he want to work out a multi-year settlement.

“I believe it was an excellent begin. Clearly generally the franchise tag might be seen in a special gentle however I used to be completely satisfied that I used to be going to be again,” Schultz mentioned. “That is the place I wish to be. I really like being right here. I really like this group, so I used to be grateful that I used to be in a position to at the very least be again right here for a yr. I wish to work out a long-term deal and I believe they do too. So hopefully we are able to get that carried out, however simply understanding right here is the place I’m going to be for the following yr, I’m proud of.”

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The Cowboys and Schultz have till July 15 to work out a deal or he has to play on the tag and he would turn into an unrestricted free agent after the season. He mentioned he’ll let his agent, Steve Caric, deal with the negotiations and supply updates.

“Simply making an attempt to be affected person,” Schultz mentioned.

In 2021, Schultz joined Jason Witten as the one tight ends in workforce historical past to file at the very least 70 catches for 800 yards and eight touchdowns in the identical season, ending with 78 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns.

He mentioned his objective is so as to add 5-6 kilos to his body to assist block the larger defensive ends, and he has been at The Star for the casual captains’ exercises that started final month. With the commerce of Amari Cooper, Schultz might be in for a bigger position on the offense.

“We’re a greater offense with (Cooper),” Schultz mentioned. “Sadly we don’t have him and so I believe the following step is having guys step up. I believe there’s room to develop in a bunch of different features of the sport.”

After ending 12-5 and profitable the NFC East, the Cowboys’ season ended with a disappointing wild-card loss to the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium.

“All people is aware of what the objective is. That’s one thing we discuss as typically as we are able to,” Schultz mentioned. “Perhaps on the finish of a raise, all people brings it up and desires to interrupt it down and a few man will simply say a number of phrases. Clearly that’s on the forefront of our minds is a championship for this group and I consider that begins within the offseason. So whether or not it’ll be understanding by yourself or understanding within the facility, you’re competing with your self within the offseason and I believe that’s going to pay dividends for us within the upcoming yr.”

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