Clinton Portis counted the Cowboys as a division rival for seven years as a player, but that history won’t stop him from giving praise when it’s due.
Speaking as a guest of “The Pat McAfee Show” on DAZN, the former Redskins and Broncos running back predicted big things for Dallas in 2019.
“I actually love how the Cowboys look. As a broadcaster, I look at the Cowboys different than I did as a player,” said Portis, who does radio and podcast work in the Washington, D.C., area.
“As a player, I just couldn’t respect the Cowboys. There’s nothing positive you could get me to say. I wanted all the smoke.”
Portis said his opinion started to change with the addition of receiver Randall Cobb to the Dallas offense, but he saved his strongest praise for the other side of the ball.
“They had been struggling defensively, now they got one of the best front sevens in the NFL,” Portis said. “If their secondary catches up, the Dallas Cowboys can get back to the prominence of their glory days.”
The Cowboys opened their season with a dominant 35-17 win over the Giants. They will host one of Portis’ old teams, the Redskins, in Week 2.