10 Cowboys quick hits from Hard Knocks episode 1

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports
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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) (Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports) /

4. A New Hunger for Zeke

Running back Ezekiel Elliott looks determined to right the wrongs of his previous season. When at the top of his game, Elliott can be one of the best backs in football. However, he had a career-high six fumbles and a career-low in rushing yards with 979.

After losing weight and improving his game speed, Elliott looks back to being the explosive rusher fans got in 2016. At the start of camp, the star running back is starting to make some big strides toward his goal.

5. Professor John Fassel

Special teams coordinator John “Bones” Fassel got some spotlight in episode one. When talking to the special teams unit, Fassel decided to give his best lecture on men’s health and an inside look into his love life.

If fans don’t mind taking a trip back to high school health class, it’s something to watch for sure. It’s good to see the humor come out already in episode one and from a coach who should get a lot of air time this season.

6. A New Injury for Dak

When the Cowboys held their first padded training camp practice, quarterback Dak Prescott was shown going through warm-ups with some discomfort in his shoulder. When head coach Mike McCarthy received the news, viewers could see his frustration.

Resting the million-dollar man as a precaution was a good move from the head coach. Even though Prescott was visibly frustrated, there is a long season ahead, and problems like these have to be dealt with early.

7. Micah the Lion

Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons did not play college football last season after opting out due to the pandemic. The twenty-two-year-old has been turning heads from the moment he stepped on the field. His speed and play-making caught the eye of quarterback Dak Prescott.

Parsons was anxious to take the field for practice, especially with fans watching. So far, the expectations for the number twelve pick are sky-high, with many hoping he can improve the poor defense from a year ago.