Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Garrett: Dak Prescott knows he’s got to get better

Really everything, Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. At the quarterback position — and maybe every position, but maybe most glaringly there — there’s so much to learn over the course of your career. That’s why the guys at that position play longer and it seems like they’re playing their best football well into their 30s.

A sophomore slump isn’t a new NFL phenomenon, with many young players — particularly quarterbacks — struggling once defenses get enough tape to break down tendencies.

Dak’s troubles in 2017 also didn’t come in a vacuum. He had to deal with a plethora of issues beyond his control: Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, Tyron Smith’s injuries, a struggling receiving corps.

The Cowboys attempted to address the final problem, adding Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in free agency. Dallas also should look to add a receiver through the draft.

After watching the Eagles hoist the Lombardi Trophy with their backup quarterback, the Cowboys know they need improved play from their starter to close the gap in the NFC East.

The Steelers again placed the franchise tag on Bell for the upcoming season, meaning if things remain static, the all-purpose back will earn $14.54 million in 2018.

As it stands, a report last weekend indicated the Steelers have put negotiations with Bell on hold. While Bell has stated he won’t sit out the 2018 NFL season, he did hint at sitting out through training camp if the franchise tag is not rescinded and a long-term deal is hammered out, what Bell has desired for years.

Run back that replay, please.

Outlawing the helmet as a weapon and the technique of using it by lowering the head is a noble and progressive idea in this era of heightened awareness of the long-term risks of concussions and well, risks associated with deep-pocket liability.

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