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Big changes brewing for Cowboys’ offense after offseason shake-ups

Big changes brewing for Cowboys’ offense after offseason shake-ups

Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins holds up signs on how league players are active in social causes. Credit: Turron Davenport/Eagles Wire USA TODAY Sports

FRISCO, Texas – There have been times this spring that Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been surprised by the quiet air.

There’s never total silence of course, not with the whistles, air horns and chatter that provide the soundtrack to practice. But now that the Cowboys are deep into their offseason practice schedule, the void left by veteran tight end Jason Witten’s retirement and receiver Dez Bryant’s release are noticeable in the pauses in conversation in meeting rooms and the huddle.

“Sometimes, with our young guys it feels a little quiet, because they’re all waiting for some older guy that doesn’t exist to step up,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Wednesday. “I’m about as old as they come. It might as well be me.”

Perhaps the most necessary voice for such a role would belong to third-year quarterback Dak Prescott, who saw his completion percentage drop (from 67.8% to 62.9%) and his interception total rise (from four to 13) last year after his stellar rookie season in 2016.

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There are signs that Prescott is growing more comfortable in his role as the team’s franchise quarterback. On Wednesday, he loudly barked at offensive lineman Chaz Green after a penalty during a two-minute drill, one play after receiver Allen Hurns hauled in a deep contested pass down the left sideline.

It wasn’t that Prescott wasn’t vocal before, but now he has no choice but to speak up.

“You can see him thinking at a different level and just being more comfortable in our offense, and then challenging everyone else to play at that level with him,” center Travis Frederick told USA TODAY Sports….

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