The first practice of the 2018 Dallas Cowboys training camp is later today. Yesterday saw the “State of the Cowboys” opening press conference, and there was a lot to digest.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones excited about Jason Garrett, says coach is not on hot seat - Clarence E. Hill, Jr., Star-Telegram
The talk this year has all been that Dallas head coach Jason Garrett is facing a make-or-break year. But that is just not the way owner and GM Jerry Jones approaches things. He is always optimistic, and simply is not thinking about what to do if the team underperforms.
Yet, in the eyes of owner Jerry Jones, Garrett is as safe and secure as ever.
“No. That’s the best answer I can give and the fairest,” Jones said when asked at the training camp opening state of the union press conference Wednesday if Garrett was facing a playoffs-or-bust campaign.
More pointedly, Jones said Garrett and the coaching staff were things that excited him most going into a 2018 season with a decidedly young team in transition.
10 things to know from Cowboys’ State of Union, including latest on Earl Thomas trade - Clarence E. Hill, Jr., Star-Telegram
One thing that happened elsewhere has a potential impact on the Cowboys: The big contract the Los Angeles Rams gave their star running back, Todd Gurley.
“That certainly moved the market in terms of running backs,” Jones said. “Certainly you’ve got great running backs out there right now that have been wanting to move that market. It certainly will affect Zeke. I’m sure Zeke smiled big when he saw it. But I wouldn’t take anybody for Zeke. I just think we’ve got the best one in the league, and I think he’s put his off the field issues behind him and I expect him to do very special things and just as I said with Dak (Prescott), I hope we’re looking at big numbers on both of them, because that’ll mean they’ve had great years and I would submit to you that if both of them go out and have great years, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have a great year too.”
Gurley's contract could show way to Elliott deal next summer - Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys Blog- ESPN
Here are some more details about the numbers that may drive Elliott's next contract.
Gurley received a five-year, $60 million deal with $45 million guaranteed that included a $20 million signing bonus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Gurley was under contract through 2019 with the fifth-year option counting $9.63 million. We all know about the shelf life of running backs. With this deal, the Rams made sure Gurley is under contract through 2023, when he turns 29. Elliott can be under the Cowboys’ contractual control through 2020 if they pick up his fifth-year option next spring. I wonder if the Cowboys look at giving Elliott a second contract next summer the way the Rams have done with Gurley.
Editorial: Appreciate the Dallas Cowboys while we can - Staff, Ventura County Star
Could the great relationship that the Cowboys have had with Oxnard be coming to an end? The local media there feels some concern.
It’s the football team’s seventh straight summer in Oxnard and 12th since 2004. The Cowboys and city signed an agreement in 2017 for two years of training camp at River Ridge Fields — this summer and last.
There’s an option for a two-year extension through 2020, but the Cowboys now have a new, $1.5 billion, indoor training facility and headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. “With perhaps the league’s most state-of-the-art facility, how tempted will the Cowboys be to keep things closer to home in the future?” the Front Office Sports website mused last year.
Cowboys Have Plan For Gregory To Start Camp - Rob Phillips, The Mothership
Gregory is back, but Dallas is using reasonable caution in getting him ready to go.
“We’re going to work him back in. He hasn’t been part of our team in over a year,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t been around NFL players in a long time. He looks in good shape. His weight’s good (242 pounds), spirits are really good. We’re excited to have him here.
“But he’s going to work with our strength coaches and with our trainers to make sure we get a good base and a good foundation underneath him before he starts practicing.”
Report: Cowboys running blood tests on Kavon Frazier with regards to potential clotting - Blogging The Boys
In a surprise move, the Cowboys added Kavon Frazier to the non-football injury list.
It seems that the Cowboys may believe Kavon Frazier has a disease related to blood clotting. The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins reported that the tests are for complications that could be tied to a minor knee surgery that Kavon had six months ago.
Sources: Cowboys are running blood tests on S Kavon Frazier for a potential disorder that impacts clotting. Those tests will help determine if the condition can be managed by medication.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 26, 2018
The latest word offers some hope for optimism:
Cowboys S Kavon Frazier is being tested for some health complications possibly related to his Jan. minor knee surgery sources confirm to @TheAthleticDFW sources don’t believe it’s serious but further testing is needed before he’s cleared to practice.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 26, 2018
Jerry Jones doesn't want players in locker room during anthem; calls Trump's interest in issue 'problematic' - Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com
The NFL wants the controversy over player protests to go away, but it certainly hasn't.
The policy originally allowed players to remain in the locker room during the national anthem but those who were on the sidelines would be required to stand. Teams -- not players -- would be fined for any actions deemed disrespectful. For now, all that is on hold.
But for Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, his stance on the matter hasn't changed: He wants his players to stand -- on the sidelines -- during the national anthem.
David Irving 'excused absence' from Dallas Cowboys training camp: a 'clinical' issue and a seeking of 'peace' - Mike Fisher, 247 Sports
Not only is David Irving facing a four-game suspension, he is also not going to be at Oxnard as he continues to try and get his life back on track. In some ways, it looks like the team is taking a similar approach as they did with Gregory, putting Irving's overall well-being first.
David Irving recently told me he wants "peace'' for his family. The Dallas Cowboys want the same for him, which is why they've granted the defensive lineman an "excused absence'' from this week's start of training camp in Oxnard.
The best way to describe the nature of his absence: A "clinical'' issue, I'm told.
Yes, that can be about Irving's involvement in a rehab facility, but of course "rehab'' can take many forms. It's certainly fair, however, to suggest that substance abuse concerns are involved, as Irving is in the NFL's substance-abuse program, having twice suspended for four-game stretches to start seasons, including 2018.
Whatever form that rehab is taking, it is going to last a while.
Jerry Jones said DL David Irving is addressing his off the field issues in California and the Cowboys are aware of his substance abuse challenges. Jerry Jones said he doesn't expect Irving to participate in any practices at training camp in Oxnard.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 25, 2018
Dallas Cowboys: Seattle views: Seahawks beat writer weighs in on potential Earl Thomas trade to Cowboys - Kate, Hairopoulos, SportsDay
It seems that every year, there is one story that won't die for the Cowboys, and this year's version is the persistent Earl Thomas trade talk. Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, addressed that from a Seattle perspective, explaining why we all should back off on things.
As for losing Thomas for little, that apparently is exactly why the Seahawks are holding firm to their demand that any team wanting Thomas give up at least a second-round pick or its equivalent. Seattle knows that at the worst it would likely be eligible for a third-round comp pick in 2020 if Thomas were to sign after the season with another team as an unrestricted free agent.
So for now, Seattle would rather hang on to Thomas for another season when he is 29 and in his prime and then maybe get a third-round pick for him in 2020 instead of dealing him for a third-round pick (or lower) now. An offer or a first- or second-round pick would obviously be a different story.
Should Thomas really hold out until deep into the season, then maybe the dynamic changes. But the Seahawks saw first-hand that a lot can still be gotten for players who are holding out as it was Seattle that gave up a second- and a third-round pick last October for left tackle Duane Brown after he held out and missed Houston's first six games before returning.
Takeaways from 2018’s State of the Cowboys address with Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
If you missed the opening "State of the Cowboys" press conference, or just want the meat of things without sitting and listening to it all, RJ has your summation for you. This was one item that didn't get as much play as others, but could be significant as Dallas reshapes its receiving corps.
You’ll remember that receiver Terrance Williams broke his foot over the offseason (he also had some other stuff happen). Jason Garrett noted that Terrance participated in the conditioning run on Wednesday morning and that he didn’t have any issues. He will not be placed on the PUP list. Garrett noted they’d monitor it moving forward.
And regarding that “other stuff”:
#Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he doesn't expect punishment for Terrance Williams.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 25, 2018
Let’s hope his information on this is better than it was on Ezekiel Elliott about a year ago. Just sayin’.
If you want to run through a recap of yesterday, check out our own RJ in this video rundown.