The Dallas Cowboys first practice of 2017 training camp took place today and to quote Jason Garrett, the Dallas “Football” Cowboys are now focused in preparation for the season.
Information is still being gathered but it seems as though the Cowboys are done with Lucky Whitehead. A warrant was issued for his arrest for an incident that apparently took place at a Virginia convenience store. The Cowboys also have dealt with multiple issues with him including being deactivated for a game in 2016. Lucky’s luck in Dallas has run out.
Source: Cowboys cut WR Lucky Whitehead, who has warrant out for arrest from June shoplifting charge https://t.co/fMSnUk2xaT— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) July 24, 2017
Of course, there is conflicting information about his arrest and whether it was actually him, check out Tom Ryle’s article for more.
One of the more exciting things to watch will be how Dak Prescott grows in his second year with the Dallas Cowboys. There is no Tony Romo at a Cowboys’ camp for the first time in 14 seasons, it’s all about Dak Prescott now.
Of course, perhaps the best player on the team has also been on the wrong side of news reports as of late. However, Ezekiel Elliott is ready to get practicing and putting all of this behind him.
Ezekiel Elliott working through individual drills. pic.twitter.com/4L7PKxXf4h— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 24, 2017
Even though everyone is excited about the second-year performances from their star rookies of a year ago, it’s all about the offensive line. The Cowboys’ offensive line is the very best the NFL has to offer and they are as consistent as ever:
And now, for some important observations from the great O.C.C.; here’s your starting defense right now:
98 96 92 90 are your starting D-line— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 24, 2017
50 59 57 are your starting LBs— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 24, 2017
30 24 38 31 are the base package— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 24, 2017
DLaw looked quick through the short stacks. Feet and hands moving nicely— ✭TrainingCamp Lando✭ (@McCoolBTB) July 24, 2017
After a long offseason, it’s great to see Geoff Swaim back on the field and ready for practice:
Geoff Swaim getting some early reps pic.twitter.com/mGwfAmvf6B— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 24, 2017
We have a Jaylon Smith sighting and our very own Landon McCool witnessed Smith making a play:
Sure looked like 54 was quick enough to me on that swing pass— ✭TrainingCamp Lando✭ (@McCoolBTB) July 24, 2017
Jaylon Smith going through drills in first practice. pic.twitter.com/6JCfjlYwsr— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) July 24, 2017
Jaylon Smith is the 2nd team MLB— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 24, 2017
Looking at the linebackers, there is no better guy to follow than the man that wear’s the number 50:
It is unreal how fast Sean Lee moves. Dude isn't human.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) July 24, 2017
Sean Lee blowing up Pleasant Grove. https://t.co/rEeu95fYXL— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 24, 2017
A wealth of football knowledge between these two. pic.twitter.com/J3WbLiA0Tq— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) July 25, 2017
Sean Lee out here yellin' Finish, finish, finish!— B✭Schlerf (@YumaCactus) July 24, 2017
Our man RJ Ochoa already with some shade thrown at a former Cowboys’ receiver:
Ryan Switzer made a nice catch low to the ground. Got some cheers. I think people have moved on from Lucky.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) July 24, 2017
I was at camp the day Quincy Carter got cut and we got Romo, Lucky cut and let's hope Switzer is a dude.— B✭Schlerf (@YumaCactus) July 24, 2017
David Helman’s favorite part of practice is the stretching because he loves to hear what the playlist is going to be:
This Cowboys’ fan has the right idea about clever signage for training camp practice:
Someone who was not at Cowboys training camp was the third-round pick, Jourdan Lewis. He was back in Ann Arbor, Michigan dealing with a domestic violence accusation from before he was drafted:
Cornerback is a spot where the battles will be the most interesting. Despite having veterans like Orlando Scandrick, Anthony Brown, and Nolan Carroll, nothing is settled. The Cowboys also spent four draft picks on the secondary:
Here are a few more tweets about Jaylon Smith, get excited about any positive news you hear about the young linebacker:
That guy wearing No. 54 is moving pretty damn good.— Patrik Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) July 24, 2017
The offense was red-hot to end the regular season in 2016, part of the reason was these two right here:
Jason Garrett preaches that high-intensity practices are important, here are a few more action shots of the defense:
Speaking of intense people, we have our first sighting of the G.O.A.T., Jeff Heath:
How about another sighting of the partner to Jeff Heath on the backside:
There will be no pads until Wednesday’s practice for those that are curious. For the most part, day one was individual and team drills in shorts:
Cowboys are going through group drills. Offense won't face defense during today's practice. Helmets but no pads— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 24, 2017
It’s important to note that only two players were not practicing today:
I know it's a non-padded practice, but it feels worth noting that Justin Durant & Richard Ash are the only guys not doing football stuff.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 25, 2017
The story of the day besides all the Lucky Whitehead mess has got to be how Jaylon Smith continues to look explosive in these drills:
You should always remember that these are just drills against air.— Tom Ryle (@TomRyleBTB) July 24, 2017
But it's hard not to like what we are being told.
If there is something Jaylon Smith still can't do, nobody at camp saw it today.— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 24, 2017
Dez Bryant on Jaylon Smith: "Look at that guy. He's a freak of nature. He looks like a damn action figure out here. The guy is phenomenal."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 25, 2017
Jason Garrett was asked about the team releasing Lucky Whitehead, there were just too many of these moments with him:
Garrett: we've had some incidents with Lucky and he hasn't responded in the right way.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) July 25, 2017
After practice concluded, fans were treated to some big name players signing their memorabilia:
Seen a lot of popular players sign for fans. The reaction for Zeke today might've been bigger than any of them. https://t.co/nv1SdO4mkY— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 25, 2017
Even the first-round pick got in on the action to meet some of the fans, Taco Charlton is taking it all in.
That’s all for today’s camp report, check back all throughout training camp and BTB will have everything you need.