Welcome back for another edition of training camp highlights, let’s just get the business side out of the way. Here’s the list of guys that did not practice today but these are just some veteran days off:
Not practicing today: Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Darren McFadden, Orlando Scandrick, Jaylon Smith— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 31, 2017
It looks as if Dak Prescott is quite excited for practice to start:
Dak Prescott with a spin around the goal post: pic.twitter.com/MMOsVFzkyP— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 31, 2017
Though he will miss the first two games of the season, he’s been the perfect Cowboy since being signed as a free agent.
Damontre Moore entertains the crowd during stretching with some dance moves. Garrett must have been busy somewhere else.— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 31, 2017
A couple of updates on some guys that have been dealing with a few nagging injuries:
Chaz Green running laps with the trainers, Maliek Collins on the cords now.— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 31, 2017
Look at Mr. Twinkle Toes...aka...Terrance Williams.
With all the guys not practicing, here’s the starting defensive line:
With Tyrone Crawford and Maliek Collins not practicing, first-team D-line is DeMarcus Lawrence, Cedric Thornton, Stephen Paea, Taco Charlton— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 31, 2017
The wide receivers had a great day yesterday, they were looking pretty smooth in drills:
Noted Warriors fan Brice Butler appears to appreciate Migos' Klay Thompson reference. pic.twitter.com/tK1LadmkV7— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
You’re not alone, Pat. Most of us would struggle through this:
90% chance I'd tear my ACL doing this... pic.twitter.com/H6ACfHoHtm— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) July 31, 2017
Tank Lawrence has really been good in training camp, let’s hope that continues. Here are the edge rushers going through drills:
You could argue that Byron Jones has been the very best player at training camp:
Now, we’re here to show everyone’s favorite part of camp; the compete period!
The defense was doing well for the most part.
Zeke vs. Hitch, can't quite get a hand on it. pic.twitter.com/zn8s2du6Bp— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
Cole Beasley has little trouble getting by Nolan Carroll. pic.twitter.com/IhH64HeTos— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) July 31, 2017
Don't think Andy came down in bounds here. pic.twitter.com/6At7bosxts— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
Can we talk about Rod Smith? He’s been incredible and super tough to get after.
Rod Smith continues to impress at Cowboys camp: pic.twitter.com/JSpxLiAqJM— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 1, 2017
Zeke came back to make a heck of play, nice throw by Dak.
Nice hands, Sammy!
Uh oh! Mark Nzeocha is about to be in O.C.C.’s doghouse:
Refs threw a flag on Nzeocha here pic.twitter.com/As9SE1XC1d— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
Oh...wait...nevermind, O.C.C. is in love:
Mark Nzeocha, the greatest German linebacker in Oxnard, knifes through the line for what would have been a Tackle for loss— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 31, 2017
Here’s a name we don’t hear very much about, Duke Thomas making a good play:
Easy with some nice footwork on Duke Thomas pic.twitter.com/xpr4ONKdZx— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
Guys, these defensive backs have been bringing it on every single play. Seven days in and they’re still rocking with the receivers:
How do I know Marquez White is having a good camp? The coaches put him against Terrance, twice, in those 1v1 drills. He went 1-1.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 31, 2017
Noah Brown gets the catch but White wraps him up here:
Rookie vs. rookie: WR Noah Brown wins vs. CB Marquez White: pic.twitter.com/G9z6mQ8Xpw— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 31, 2017
Damn, Andy! He just went up and grabbed it from Chidobe Awuzie!
This was a pretty confusing but good play, Brown on the sweep? Okay now I see it:
Offense fakes a jet sweep to Brown, but Zeke gets the ball— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) July 31, 2017
Zeke is carrying over from the great day he had yesterday:
Zeke with the run in team drills: pic.twitter.com/7Gxmoe65j2— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 1, 2017
Dak Prescott with a great throw and awesome catch by Brice Butler:
Dak with the run...watch out for this linebacker disguised as a quarterback:
Butler has been quite consistent in these camp practices, he may be in for a solid season:
Dak to Brice, making it look easy pic.twitter.com/SlN96j4GGQ— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 1, 2017
Another guy who just exudes consistency, Dan Bailey:
Dan Bailey is now 18 of 18 in special teams drills during camp, connecting on all six attempts Monday ranging... https://t.co/YwSaoN7R4K— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 1, 2017
Speaking of consistency, these two veterans, just chilling.
Dez Bryant and Jason Witten getting a "veterans" day off. pic.twitter.com/xtZ9t1nOWf— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) August 1, 2017
Jay Z: Public Service Announcement pic.twitter.com/1fcHiLPkSR— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2017
Lance Lenoir has been showing well as a receiver but his best way to make the team is via special teams, someone may need to remind him:
WR Lance Lenoir continues to drop punts with Cowboys down two rookie returners to hamstring injuries: WR Ryan Switzer & CB Jourdan Lewis.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 1, 2017
Good news! We may have a kick returner for the preseason:
We were two feet out of bounds from seeing @Spags52 impromptu punt return debut.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 1, 2017
Scott Linehan dialing up the offense by two-way radio...whatever it takes, I guess:
Scott Linehan not in the huddle for 7 on 7, calling plays via radio pic.twitter.com/Xi7bZszsnp— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2017
Maybe Jonathan Cooper might have a little competition in ‘Jumbo’ Joe Looney:
Just try and get around Joe Looney. Just try it. He's having a good day in one on one drills.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 1, 2017
Like I said when he was signed, Stephen Paea will make you forget about Terrell McClain. Two years with teams like the Browns and Redskins using him wrong has him ready to roll:
Stephen Paea, maybe the most underrated D-Lineman in camp so far, gets around Zack Martin in 1 on 1's.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 1, 2017
After two picks, Dak Prescott is staying away from Chido!
Chido going with the 1's here. Dak finds Zeke pic.twitter.com/jc9ThCoq7Y— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 1, 2017
Kellen Moore and Andy Jones get denied from the standout corner, formerly of Colorado:
Moore looks for Andy Jones, who is well covered by Chido. pic.twitter.com/ECQDijxdDW— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 1, 2017
Chido is winning the day after struggling with receivers yesterday. Nice to see the rookie bounce back, here he is taking on Terrance Williams:
Dak incomplete to Terrance. Chido on the coverage. pic.twitter.com/nKS3kf9zjR— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 1, 2017
After starting out hot then getting cold, La’el Collins is dominating again:
RT La'el Collins just deposited rookie DE Taco Charlton: pic.twitter.com/W3w0G8wDWU— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 1, 2017
Dez Bryant apparently loves himself some gummy candy...
Fan yells: "Dez we've got gummies!" Dez then does a cartwheel near sideline. Not sure if it was connected.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 1, 2017
Overall, it was by the far the most sloppy practice today with many dropped passes, muffed punts, etc.
Still, today’s camp had some solid takeaways. First and foremost, is how the defense has continued to perform well. Usually, camp starts out favoring the defense but this offense starts winning quite early.
Though there has been a lot of both, the defense is doing something they haven’t been known to do in recent memory and that’s play consistently. That’s certainly been encouraging, stay tuned to BTB for any training camp updates. We’ll be on top of anything and everything.