Sportress of Blogitude

Dak Prescott questions if an NFL team ‘necessarily needs a No.1 receiver’

The Dallas Cowboys have experienced a lot of changes on offense as the team prepares for the 2018 NFL season. The Cowboys recently cut star receiver Dez Bryant and longtime tight end Jason Witten retired for a job on Monday Night Football.

Heading into his third NFL season, Dak Prescott will have to work in new targets this season on a relatively young Cowboys offense. And yet, Prescott nevertheless questions the importance of having a clear-cut top wideout.

“I don’t know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver,” Prescott said. “It’s about getting the ball out, spreading the ball around, keeping the defense on its toes.

“I mean the only thing you can do is just get out there with routes on air, things like that. We did a bunch together. Me and these young guys have been here before we even started OTAs, getting that timing down so we can get in OTAs and have good feel for each other and now with the defense in front of us, grow off of that and grow from what we’ve already accomplished. That’s the best thing I can do.”

The Cowboys will have new faces like Tavon Austin, a trade acquisition, former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns and their draft pick Michael Gallup out of Colorado State. The Cowboys won’t have a prototypical No. 1 receiver became accustomed to throughout Bryant’s career. The Cowboys will have to spread the ball around often and play to their receivers’ strengths.

One of the keys to getting the passing game going will be establishing Ezekiel Elliott early and often to maximize the play-action threat. Elliot has already stated he is eager to take a leadership role on the Cowboys with the departure of Bryant and Witten.