Before we get into the musing from today's practice, Ezekiel Elliott is still sitting out with a tight hamstring. It has been about a week since the tweak but understand that soft tissue injuries take precaution. Still, it's a little discouraging that neither he or Darren McFadden have done anything in training camp. Jason Garrett spoke about both in his presser this afternoon:
Garrett on McFadden's elbow rehab: "We don’t anticipate him playing real soon but he’s working hard."— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 10, 2016
Ezekiel Elliott isn't expected to practice again today - will again work on the side, but making progress, Garrett said.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 10, 2016
The Cowboys started off the day with some roster moves. They claimed offensive lineman Mike McQueen off waivers from the Chargers and they waived wide receiver Ed Eagan. McQueen has college experience at both left tackle and left guard. Eagan may have been a pet cat of some around BTB but Nick Eatman said clearly "he's got practice squad written all over him."
Lately, most of the focus has been on the defense and we would be remiss if we didn't admit that there is certainly a different swagger to this bunch. Though just about everyone has written them off, Jerry Jones spoke with 105.3 The Fan and made his feelings clear:
Jerry Jones on KESN-FM: "What I do know is that [our defense] will be better than our defense we had in ’14."— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) August 10, 2016
If you remember, that defense had 31 takeaways to its name, so, excuse me if I prefer to wait and see. One last nugget before we begin, our resident German, and everyone's favorite, O.C.C., with the best t-shirt award! Side note: We all miss you, Rabble!
Maybe we should keep an eye on this kid, apparently, he's catching the eye of our BTB boys and he's been described as a relentless competitor. Maybe he can become a Sean Lee-lite?
40 is a number I keep having to look up in LB drills. James Morris. Stands out.— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) August 10, 2016
@occ44 just spoke to Joey about him as well. One of the few guys who really looks like a Mike— ✭LandoMcCoolrissian✭ (@McCoolBTB) August 10, 2016
Another Cowboys' linebacker was welcomed to practice as he works his way into football shape:
Despite the heat, Justin Durant keeps practicing in his customary hoodie. pic.twitter.com/OM0EMj8JvS— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) August 10, 2016
All I'm going to say is that Tyrone is ready. Mama, there goes that man:
Tyrone Crawford vs. Zack Martin pic.twitter.com/vw9FoPtRvk— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 10, 2016
Probably the best play of the day came from Mr. Prescott (my pet cat) as he felt the pressure, he had to adjust.
Cowboys get pressure and Dak Prescott scrambles: pic.twitter.com/9k8p5wOATk— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 11, 2016
Be careful what you say to this defense as Dez Bryant found out talk is cheap:
Dez yells at D after Escobar TD, This is too easy!' #Cowboys D gets red-zone pass stops on next 4 snaps— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) August 11, 2016
Now, this is certainly a sight for sore eyes, you go Scandy!
Scandrick breaks up a ball intended for Beasley. pic.twitter.com/1fKe4sQRvP— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 11, 2016
After being beaten up most of the week, the offense finally started making things happen:
Terrance Williams pic.twitter.com/GGWl7bs7J1— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 11, 2016
Alfred Moris scoots in for the TD in first team goal line work— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) August 11, 2016
And the defense wasn't happy about giving up some ground in the battle that they've been winning for the most part lately:
Sean Lee yelling at the defense after the T-Will TD: "What the f--- are we doing?"— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 11, 2016
It was finally a day where the offense started hitting back with regularity. The defense was not happy and they certainly had a frustrating day:
DEs DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving begin to jaw at each other after busted play and teammates step between to settle down.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) August 11, 2016
Stay tuned for the full report a bit later. Also, the "Playmaker" was in attendance and will speak with Dez Bryant after practice, you will certainly find that on NFL Network.
88to88: Michael Irvin will have his annual camp 1-on-1 with Dez Bryant after practice.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 10, 2016
Michael Irvin has arrived at Cowboys training camp pic.twitter.com/pPyhfkNLuM— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 10, 2016