The Cowboys began the first of three mandatory minicamp practices today out at the Star. The best thing about these next three days is that it’s completely open to the media. Unlike OTA’s, the media will be seeing all the action instead of one day per week. That also means we’ll get a few more nuggets of knowledge as to what’s going on with every player, including Jaylon Smith who has spent only one day in front of the media.
First, the guys that missed today’s practice:
First practice of Cowboys minicamp is over. These guys didn't participate. pic.twitter.com/RQfQRMG3jE— David Helman (@HelmanDC) June 13, 2017
There is a lot of focus on the secondary and especially at strong safety, where there is the veteran, Jeff Heath, trying to hold onto a starting spot:
Jeff Heath was the star of Day 1 of minicamp. Two interceptions going against first-team offense— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 13, 2017
This is absolutely no surprise for the GOAT. https://t.co/eDSheaoRxd— Tom Ryle (@TomRyleBTB) June 13, 2017
This week, sans much news, Dez Bryant made headlines trying to recruit Darrelle Revis, Rod Marinelli wasn’t amused:
Marinelli knows nothing about Dez's tweet at Revis. When told he needs to keep up w/ social media, Rod said players need to keep up with him— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 13, 2017
If you saw the list of those missing today and gasped at Rico Gathers’ name, don’t fret, he’s just under the weather.
Here’s a couple of action shots of what we’ll never get tired of seeing in this offense:
Ezekiel Elliott has plans to get the rock even more in 2017 and he has the blessing of his position coach:
Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown says the plan is to get Zeke Elliott the ball even more in Year 2. pic.twitter.com/jZG2ZOt12o— David Helman (@HelmanDC) June 13, 2017
Perhaps the best person to learn from is the best receiver on the team...
If we could video during practice, would have videoed Dez and Ryan Switzer's handshake. The brothers stretching next to each other today pic.twitter.com/pd5Q0E6I1a— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) June 13, 2017
According to Dave Helman of the mothership, here are the best plays of the day:
Jeff Heath & Darren McFadden did stuff today. pic.twitter.com/lcULRssJq2— David Helman (@HelmanDC) June 13, 2017
The winners get to gloat and Brice Butler was not above showing off his fandom for the Warriors.
Cowboys receiver Brice Butler is enjoying Golden State's win today. Teammate Terrance Williams, not so much. Had to pay up on bet.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 13, 2017
When you have to go up against the best every day, those battles will certainly teach you how to compete. Taco Charlton has his work cut out with All-Pro Tyron Smith:
DE Taco Charlton says he's improving as expected by going vs LT Tyron Smith but that doesn't make losing battles any easier to take.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 13, 2017
Hot-Rod also spoke about Sean Lee and the veteran’s amazing approach to practice no matter the circumstances:
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on Sean Lee: He's one of the more special guys I've ever been around. The day-to-day intensity.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 13, 2017
La’el Collins made some headlines when he said he doesn’t care about pass rushers in the NFL, he cleared up his thoughts today:
RT La'el Collins clarified statement from last wk, when he said he's not watching film of opposing DL. Said he'll watch it, just not worried— Brandon George (@DMN_George) June 13, 2017
With Collins working predominately at right tackle, that leaves a hole at left guard. Chaz Green is being given a fair shot at the position. So far, there is still a lot of work for these guys to accomplish to take over for Ron Leary:
Cowboys still have Chaz Green working at first-team left guard. Giving him a long look there before they head to training camp.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) June 13, 2017
Bryan Broaddus has eluded that we won’t know about this position until training camp is getting hot.
At this point...no...but hopefully pads in Oxnard will straighten that out. https://t.co/9lqdwFpWXk— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) June 13, 2017
The offensive line has been the heartbeat of this team and even without Doug Free, they continue to travel like a wolfpack:
If you ask Zeke about the movement along the offensive line, he’s not in the least bit concerned. He’s got confidence in whoever is asked to step up:
For your first day of Jaylon-watch, it was business as usual:
Jaylon Smith participated in pre-practice walk-through, some team drills, 7 on 7 and individual drills.— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 13, 2017
One of the best traits rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has is his versatility. Still, Marinelli stresses the importance of finding a role for a player like him:
Marinelli on finding where DB Chidobe Awuzie fits: We got to find ways to put speed on the field. ...He's going to be an asset. He can cover— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 13, 2017
Cowboys rookie CB Chidobe Awuzie continues to show up in practices. Dallas likes him at outside CB for now, but could play nickel or safety.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) June 13, 2017
Today was a bit lighthearted as the Cowboys have had near perfect participation. Dallas will be back to work tomorrow with more action but keep up with BTB for all your minicamp news. We’re very proud to be one of the most comprehensive Cowboys’ sites on the planet, you don’t want to miss out! We’ll be back with any updates...