As Mike McCarthy tells it, he nearly drove off the highway when Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones known as to alert McCarthy his crew can be featured on this season’s "Exhausting Knocks."

Dallas Cowboys on 'Hard Knocks': From rookies to Jerry Jones, five key characters to keep your eye on

Dozens of NFL Movies cameras granted inside entry to the Cowboys? A good brighter highlight than "America’s Crew" already instructions, all whereas McCarthy appears to treatment a shoddy 6-10 debut marketing campaign in Dallas? McCarthy wouldn’t have voted for the association.

I'm simply going to be trustworthy: I nearly wrecked my truck when Jerry known as,” McCarthy stated when the Cowboys arrived at coaching camp. “However as soon as I acquired again on the highway, I'm all in.”

Cowboys followers, granted an inside look into gamers’ and coaches’ conversations and personalities, are all in, too. The primary episode of "Exhausting Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys" debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on on HBO. 5 weekly episodes are scheduled in complete, the ultimate episode streaming two days earlier than the Cowboys journey to Tampa Bay for the NFL’s season opener.

However which gamers on the 90-man roster are almost certainly to shine on the docuseries? Which coaches will emerge as key 2021 faces? Listed below are USA TODAY Sports activitieshigh 5 suggestions for who to trace within the collection:

Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons

Parsons already labored with the NFL Movies crew this spring, a consolation stage mirrored by Parsons fraternizing with digital camera individuals at some Southern California practices. Parsons is a pure "Exhausting Knocks" star choice each due to his vibrant, congenial persona and due to the tantalizing expertise he initiatives to be on the sector.

 He affords filmmakers smiles and jokes in addition to team-drill cross breakups and interceptions.

How quickly will the versatile cowl man/cross rusher threaten with this Cowboys protection? Coordinator Dan Quinn is aiming to expedite that timeline by giving Parsons additional consideration, together with throughout one-on-one classes after practices. A better glimpse into that dynamic would delight Cowboys followers.

So, too, would an exploration of Parsons’ multifaceted aggressive nature. The 22-year-old has already challenged teammates like Amari Cooper to video games of chess and Join 4. Outcomes of these video games have been principally underneath wraps. Might "Exhausting Knocks" episodes change that?

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

Whether or not he's teaching defensive ends on their get-off or defensive tackles on how greatest to disengage from a guard, Dan Quinn has already demonstrated a knack for connecting successfully together with his gamers in practices and round services

Cowboys gamers marveled as he challenged their note-taking abilities with a classic rap tune, they usually have a good time critiques from him as an indication he believes of their potential.

Maybe "Exhausting Knocks" will mood the expletives that fly from Quinn’s mouth as he flies via installations and drills. Both approach, the person tasked with turning round a traditionally dangerous Cowboys protection is more likely to command display screen time all through the 5 episodes.

Quarterback Dak Prescott 

Certain, the primary 15 seasons of "Exhausting Knocks" embraced the underdog and fringe roster gamers. However the NFL Movies/HBO partnership can be smart to contemplate compelling veterans on the Cowboys roster, and none is extra compelling than Prescott.

The quarterback began 73 straight Cowboys video games earlier than his season-ending ankle damage final October. He’s mounting a comeback and getting paid a good-looking $40 million to guide the crew this season. How a lot will Prescott’s wit and snark shine via in mic-ed up parts?

 How about his friendship with fellow draft classmate Ezekiel Elliott, as every enter their sixth yr - and every celebrated a birthday throughout coaching camp? Already, NFL Movies has launched a clip of Prescott jabbing second-year quarterback Ben DiNucci about his swag meter. Anticipate extra zingers from Prescott because the season unfolds.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith

Together with Prescott and Elliott, Smith might push the 2016 draft class into rivalry for display screen time with the 2021 bunch. Smith already embraces the highlight, his Clear Eye View mentality driving his power in addition to his motivation to show the Cowboys proper in drafting him regardless of a grotesque knee damage - after which in signing him earlier than absolutely gauging his potential. 

Smith and 2018 first-rounder Leighton Vander Esch will likely be difficult Parsons for the declare of greatest linebacker on this Dallas roster.

 The veteran duo thrived throughout Vander Esch’s rookie yr, however Vander Esch has since missed time resulting from damage whereas Smith’s tackling and on-field management has been inconsistent. Smith has embraced Quinn’s scheme and its potential to incorporate blitz packages for him.

Smith’s additionally been adamant he’s blocking out the heavy criticism showered on him in 2020 - as a result of “Michael Jordan had criticism. LeBron James. A number of the greatest gamers on this planet.” Cowboys followers trying to discern whether or not Smith has shored his sport will likely be longing for any perception "Exhausting Knocks" can present.

Cowboys proprietor and GM Jerry Jones

It was Jones who embraced the "Exhausting Knocks" crew as an “simple resolution.” Jones  celebrates any and all consideration on the franchise he’s constructed right into a spectacle bigger than soccer

And the Cowboys proprietor can be intimately concerned in expertise analysis throughout coaching camp, watching practices from an statement tower between the 2 fields -often with members of his household.

"Exhausting Knocks" cameras frolicked in these statement towers, and Jones seemingly will give them leeway to seize his response when gamers like receiver CeeDee Lamb and defensive finish Randy Gregory flash. 

Maybe an earlier episode is extra more likely to embrace Jones’ opening press convention, when he was overcome by emotion about how deeply he longs to return the Cowboys to the Tremendous Bowl. However anticipate a number of lenses into the 78-year-old all through the docuseries, together with a seat beside him at observe.

Bonus: The roughly 30-person "Exhausting Knocks" crew has eyes and ears all through Cowboys camp. In order that they’ll decide which lower-profile gamers are most compelling. However primarily based on observe, defenders together with defensive finish Tarell Basham and rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph confirmed the kind of edge that excites a digital camera crew.

 Receiver Malik Turner and tight finish Sean McKeon are abilities who've distinguished themselves in practices, however face an uphill battle in crowded place rooms. An fascinating consideration: Would Cowboys staffers, who evaluation the footage earlier than it airs, take into account downplaying stars like Turner and McKeon in hopes of stashing one on the observe squad?

 NFL followers will quickly discover out in the event that they tune into the Cowboys’ third season look on "Exhausting Knocks."

“The Cowboys are going to deal with us,” Prescott stated. “If you wish to be nice, you’ve acquired to know the cameras and all these issues are going to occur. So it’s one thing that I've embraced. We've got enjoyable, and we don’t essentially fear about it.