Deshaun Watson: I’m chasing Tom Brady, I’m going for six
If there’s one thing quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft class don’t lack, it’s confidence. After former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton, yet another soon-to-be rookie signal caller is setting high expectations for his career.Fresh off leading his former Clemson team to a national championship, Deshaun Watson aims to win six more titles in the NFL. He’s also apparently dreaming of a day when he will surpass Brady as the greatest ever.“I’m chasing the GOAT. I’m chasing Tom (Brady),” Watson said, via NFL Media. “I’m going for six. That’s the big thing.
This year's Reliant Home Run Derby not only raised $50,000 for the Salvation Army, but also served as means for team's most prominent members to re-group and enjoy the more fun parts of the offseason together. What a difference a year makes, especially for second-year QB Dak Prescott.
The event was open to the public for the first time in it's six years and fans were afforded the opportunity to see players and coaches swing for the fences. For veterans like Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, the Home Run Derby is familiar territory (although Bryant did) but for Prescott, it served as another reminder of just how quickly things are changing.
DeShaun Watson in Position to Do For Houston What Dak Prescott Did for Dallas
There were a lot of impactful, significant 1st round picks in Thursday's 2017 NFL Draft - everything John Lynch did for San Francisco; the Titans adding two pieces to what will be a playoff team; Tampa Bay adding OJ Howard - but the pick that stands out above all is definitely DeShaun Watson going to Houston with the 12th pick. After the Bears reached for Mitchell Trubisky, and the Chiefs made the boneheaded move to trade up for Patrick Mahomes, the Texans did what the Browns should have done at 12 - grabbed the Heisman Trophy winner.
Last year, Prescott attended the event as a rookie. While there was some fanfare upon his selection, no one anticipated the year or success Prescott would have, as the rookie mid-rounder immediately took the league by storm. Now, he was one of the derby's most featured players, batting first, and still getting used to his new, unquestioned leadership role. Prescott was the guy at Mississippi State, but the spotlight shining on him cast by America's Team is a whole different animal. He is now the rock of this team, and his veteran teammates will look to him to guide them through next season and beyond. And in the eyes of Witten,to be a vocal leader on this team.
"[Prescott]'s the quarterback, and that voice needs to be heard. He's had a great offseason in how he's approached it. As he moves forward he'll be more comfortable with that. For all of us to try to empower him and help him, he's done a great job. I can't say enough about how he's gone about it so far."
Zeke and Dak on top again - in NFL player merchandising
Here's more proof that the 2016 season was a superb one for rookies: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott topped NFL player merchandise and products sales. The Dallas Cowboys running back who led the league in rushing, and the quarterback who was the Offensive Rookie of the Year, represent the first time two rookies led the list compiled by the NFL Players Association. The list is based on total sales of officially licensed NFL player merchandise, tracking year-end results from March 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017. “It’s pretty humbling,” Elliott said.
Prescott credits the other, more established veterans like Witten and Sean Lee with giving him more of an opportunity to speak out and be a leader. He'll play next season at just 24-years-old, but if things go according to plan, Prescott should be next the long-term leader for this young roster for the next several years. The experiences and lessons he's learning from are crucial for his development, and finding his voice and making his presence even more felt throughout the locker room is the next step.
"It's my first offseason. I get it, kind of running the show," Prescott said. "In the locker room in the summer, working out with Jason Witten and Sean Lee, you're going to naturally kind of let those guys have it. For them calling me out sometimes to the group, it's been good. I got to thank all the vets kind of doing a good job, kind of giving me a little bit more to say and some things to do, it's important."
Tony Romo fails to qualify for U.S. Open
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo triple-bogeyed after an eagle to kill his chances.Romo bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 9 to make the turn at 3-over par. He birdied No. 10, but then gave it back at 11. He eagled No. 14 to get to 1-over, then put his tee shot on 15 in the water and finished that hole with a triple bogey, pretty much ending his chances.
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