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Cowboys 2016 Training Camp Practice Report: Youth Is Served

Many vets sit while the Cowboys host a youth revival at practice

Another practice in the books, but this one was missing a lot of big names. Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant were among the veterans who took a day off, though Dez tried to practice and was told to get out of his pads by coaches. With no replacement for the injured Kellen Moore in camp, or seemingly headed this way, Dallas went to extreme measures as Jason Garrett took some reps during early drills in today’s practice.

So the big question on everyone’s mind would be "how did Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers look?" The answer seems to be "pretty good." I didn’t see much about Showers, but everything I did see indicated he was on point, including a 35-yard TD to Gavin Escobar in seven-on-seven. While Prescott had a couple of late passes in the early portion of seven-on-seven drills, including one that was picked off, he settled down and ran the offense efficiently, connecting with Brice Butler on a double-move as well as going 7-10 with two third-down conversions in a two-minute drill toward the end of practice. Said drill ended with a 56-yard field goal by Bailey. While there’s certainly room for improvement on that, that’s also a successful result.

And the defense was not rolling over for him. Sean Lee broke up a pass intended for Cole Beasely and Morris Claiborne stuck like glue to a Brice Butler comeback route, nearly picking the ball off. Butler contested the pick hard and the offense ended up winning the day, but for the defensive side, making the other team try a 56-yard field goal is going to end favorably on occasion.

Charles Tapper has been making some waves with his speed rush and we saw another example where he utterly blew by his opponent (unsure of who it was) untouched in one on one drills. And then there’s this:

Yes, that’s Tyron Smith. Yes that’s DeMarcus Lawrence tossing him aside. As was pointed out on Twitter, a couple of plays like that earned Olivier Vernon $85 million.

In other news, Andy Jones continues to have his name tossed about and made another contested catch today, though he also (finally, apparently) had a drop. As mentioned earlier, Morris Claiborne had a nice play. On the injury front, Ezekiel Elliott was in pads, but working to the side on the giant rubber bands and Devin Street got rolled up on making a nice catch and hurt a knee or ankle. He left the field under his own power. Andrew Gachkar also left the field with an undisclosed injury.

Also, Mike Pope invented a new drill. Tight ends had to release against one of their fellows, leap Jason Witten (who was down on all fours) get grabbed by another teammate and spun through 180-270 degrees, do-si-do style to be greeted with a thrown football, which they had to catch. The man is truly unique.

It’ll be interesting to see how these young players progress and if they can continue to build confidence and performance through Saturday’s Blue-White Scrimmage and the pre-season opener versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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