The story of the day at Cowboys OTA practice mainly revolves around the Rookie of the Year quarterback Dak Prescott as he develops into the face of the franchise.
If you haven’t read the above article, do yourself a favor and check it out. Dak impressed the coaches and training staff by showing up in better shape they could hope for.
Speaking on Prescott, Jason Garrett added a few details just to the type of guy Dak truly is and his growth.
Jason Garrett on Dak Prescott's growth as a leader: pic.twitter.com/2WWNSXdEex— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) May 25, 2017
Also, quick note, if you haven’t subscribed to the BTB podcast with Landon McCool, please do so. He certainly has some thoughts and nuggets of insight about the OTA practices.
Some new comers to the defensive line are looking to do damage.
Charles Tapper: Cowboys have 'freaky' combo when I'm lined up next to Taco Charlton; 'We have a scary front' https://t.co/wBrhSDEOhT— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 25, 2017
Yesterday, it was all about Ryan Switzer after he made the play of the day and bailed out Dak when the defense clamped down. Today, OC Scott Linehan had to admit that Switzer has already left a good impression on his coach.
Switzer seems like he’ll fit right in with this receiving corps:
It’s kind of caused a bit of a stir with how the Cowboys have deployed their offensive line. For the first time in seemingly forever, Dallas will be shuffling a little bit with the retirement of Doug Free. That left Emmett Cleary getting reps at left guard, which is worrisome but remember it’s only OTAs. Bryan Broaddus is not exactly what you would call a fan:
@BryanBroaddus Is this just experimenting? Is Cooper still the hope/plan at LG?— Tom Ryle (@TomRyleBTB) May 25, 2017
Can toy with your lineup when you don't have to get ready for a game. https://t.co/dNz1M8ofM6— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) May 25, 2017
If you want to know a little bit about the adjustments, here’s the Cowboys All-Pro Right Guard Zack Martin:
Your daily update on Jaylon Smith is more of the same, at this point, it’s hard to bet against him.
Feels amazing; no setbacks -> Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith says he will be on field for season opener against the Giants https://t.co/bJ6lvGeRqA— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) May 25, 2017
A little more on Dak Prescott’s approach to the offseason program now that he’s been “knighted” a leader by guys like Jason Witten and Sean Lee. This one is straight from his position coach, Wade Wilson:
How much better can Dak Prescott be in Year 2? "100 percent better, honestly. In every aspect of my game there's room for improvement."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 25, 2017
The best Twitter question of the day goes to this guy, the responses are even better:
Pray for offensive pass interference or illegal formation or offensive holding. https://t.co/brlbwqhteQ— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) May 25, 2017
And none other than our wily veteran Tom Ryle had the most accurate plan of action:
We will leave you with the biggest headlines of the day and that’s what Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman decided to give as bulletin board material for 2017. He basically said that Dez Bryant is “just a guy”, he’s not worried about covering Dez because he can “bully” him. He also trashed every receiver in the NFC East saying that he’s not improving his game by covering the receivers in the division.
The responses will be endless but here were some funny ones:
Josh Norman talking like he's Deion Sanders but out here playing like he's Elvis Patterson in '93.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) May 25, 2017
What’s funny is that Josh Norman has had some success against Dez but Dez has got him a piece too:
Maybe someone should go remind Norman that Dez had 12 receptions for 174 yards with an average catch at 14.4 yards per strike. They could also let him know that his defense gave up nearly 60 points in two contests or that Dez has the most receiving touchdowns since 2011. One last nugget, maybe Coach Gruden should have Norman cover Dez at all times but that would require him to move around:
Dez Bryant's most targeted routes in 2016 were the go, hitch and slant. Here's how his performance compared to the NFL average... pic.twitter.com/8k7G2WQOTb— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 25, 2017
Just in case Norman is wondering, Dez Bryant is not just “some guy”. That’s all for today’s portion of OTAs, we’ll try to keep you as updated as possible throughout Phase 3 of the offseason.