Cowboys News: Dak Prescott hosts teammate vacation, Michael Gallup finally 'confident' again

  • Dak Prescott continues elite leadership 
  • Michael Gallup ready to rebound after down 2022
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The Dallas Cowboys have touched down in Oxnard, CA for training camp and the vibes couldn't be more immaculate.

While the front office faces pressure on the contract extension front, the team -- coaching staff and all -- have drawn real excitement ahead of the new season.

As far as the vibes are concerned, though, fans have Dak Prescott to thank for that.

In a display that further cements his case as one of the best leaders at the quarterback position, Prescott treated several teammates to a pre-training-camp vacation to Lake Oconee in Georgia. The getaway included working out, fishing, meeting with a group of Navy Seals to talk about life goals, and jet skiing.

These photos of the workout should resonate.

Dak Prescott hosts vacation for Cowboys teammates

Of course, this isn't Prescott's first rodeo hosting a vacation for teammates. It's clear whomever attended appreciated the gesture.

That includes Michael Gallup.

“I think it’s very smart," Gallup said, per team reporters. "Honestly, every quarterback in the league should do that. It’s been a big plus for us, especially the rookies that go. They get to see how we operate, see how we move, and when we come to training camp, they’re ready to go.”

Gallup summed it up perfectly. It's the perfect idea to build chemistry and rapport before camp. Remember, OTAs and minicamp lack desired intensity. Hardly any contact is allowed and players don't wear pads. It can only help to reconvene and practice a few days out of training camp.

Like we said: Prescott is an outstanding leader of men.

Michael Gallup ready to rebound after down 2022

Injuries were the focal talking point of Gallup's presser, for obvious reasons. Coming off ACL surgery, the former third-round pick in 2018 turned in the worst season of his career: 39 catches, 424 receiving yards, four touchdowns and a lowly separation rate.

Gallup attributed his down year to the mental hurdle he encountered post-surgery, which some athletes claim to be more difficult than the physical hindrance. That shouldn't downplay the significance of the physical hurdle, however.

"Mentally, it’s up to 100 percent," Gallup said. "Last year, obviously the mentals weren’t there. I knew my leg was good. I knew I was straight, but I still had to get over that little hump. … I’ve already (rebuilt the confidence). That’s why we had OTAs and all that good stuff. I definitely rebuilt it.”

This aligns with what Gallup has said all offseason.

Ultimately, Gallup is a monster X-factor on the Cowboys offense. If he produces like he did in 2019, Dallas will be loaded at receiver. If he doesn't, unproven young wideouts Jalen Tolbert and possibly Simi Fehoko will be entrusted with a bigger role.

Thankfully, it sounds like Gallup is ready to contribute consistently again.

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