Mike McCarthy has full confidence Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott will be ready to go

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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has a lot on his plate in trying to get his new team ready for the season virtually while adhering to coronavirus protocols with his family from their home in Green Bay, Wis.

He doesn’t know when he will see his players in person for the first time as NFL facilities remain closed due to COVID-19.

He doesn’t know where the Cowboys are going to hold training camp as they are planning for both Frisco and Oxnard, Calif.

But what McCarthy is not concerning himself with is quarterback Dak Prescott and his protracted contract negotiations with the Cowboys.

Prescott has yet to sign his exclusive franchise tag of $31.4 million and has until July 15 to do so. For now, he’s boycotting the team’s voluntary virtual offseason program.

“He’s involved in a business situation and I have full confidence that he’ll be ready to go,” McCarthy said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

Prescott does have his iPad with the Cowboys playbook, that one would reasons contains the offense and terminology, but he is not taking part in the meetings where points large and small would be discussed with coaches and teammates.

Even though OTAs and mini-camps have been canceled, there is nothing stopping Prescott from calling the team together to hold informal workouts as he did the past three offseasons. Tom Brady, for instance, has organized similar sessions with his new teammates on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, given the contract dispute, Prescott’s throwing sessions have been more likely to involve former Cowboys receivers instead of current ones. Some social media posts have shown workouts with Dez Bryant and former Mississippi State teammate Fred Ross, although Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has attended some sessions as well.

But McCarthy isn’t phased. He knows when it’s time to play, Prescott will be on the field in a Cowboys uniform.

“There has been communication,” McCarthy said. “I mean this is the way these business situations go sometimes. You respect that. I have all the confidence it will work out.”

McCarthy is simply controlling what he can control and is focusing on working with the players who are available to him, albeit virtually.

That includes newly-signed backup Andy Dalton, the former TCU star and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback who is proving to become a fast learner of McCarthy’s playbook.

“I’m very impressed with (Dalton’s) knowledge base,” McCarthy said. “He asks great questions. From the time I’ve spent in the quarterback meetings, I’m glad he’s part of our football team.”

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