Wednesday marks the Cowboys sixth practice of training camp and fourth with the pads on. Who were the guys that didn’t give it a go today for one reason or another?
Jason Garrett said it best in his presser, “Lee does a great job at getting himself ready for the game. Sometimes have to protect him from himself. We’ll get him practicing more as we go.”
The Cowboys are four padded practices into training camp and Sean Lee has yet to go through a full workout as the team continues to be deliberate with their most important defensive player. “Sean does a great job getting himself ready to play in every... https://t.co/ZbYjoCwck5— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 1, 2018
Also, a few other guys were getting a day’s rest but Taco Charlton is the only one to keep an eye on as he looked to have dinged his hand yesterday in practice:
Taco Charlton, Tyrone Crawford, Charles Tapper are not practicing today— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2018
Though Tyrone Crawford was getting some much needed rest, he answered the question of his biggest fear:
What's Tyrone Crawford's biggest phobia?— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) August 1, 2018
Let's just say he probably won't be joining @Dak on one of those deep sea fishing trips.@TCrawford98 on the One-minute drill.#1MD #CowboysCamp2018 pic.twitter.com/Q85vldCHUt
Though the Cowboys plan on taking it slow with Randy Gregory, his coaches are pretty impressed by what he’s done thus far:
Randy Gregory's first day back on the field working with the team as a whole, and Rod Marinelli & Leon Lett liked what they saw.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 2, 2018
Lett: "We want to get a good base under him, take it step by step, ramp it up, and by the first game, he'll be up to par." pic.twitter.com/vqLFOvNiSb
No pads for Allen Hurns & Marcus Martin today. Not sure if that’s vet-day or injury-related. Didn’t notice anything wrong with Hurns this morning #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 1, 2018
It’s a vet day for Allen Hurns. Not injury-related #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 2, 2018
We’ll continue to monitor those guys for any updates but that’s all we got for now. Let’s get into practice, shall we?
Dang, coach. Take it easy:
Jason Garrett showing off the arm pic.twitter.com/3eHYkFrGeG— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2018
To keep with the new routine, a veteran Cowboys player led the team in stretches today. No big deal, it’s just the best left tackle in football:
Tyron Smith leading the group today pic.twitter.com/8XAtygBvtq— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2018
Also another known fact about “America’s Team”: They travel well.
Some Cowboys/Ohio State fans at today’s practice pic.twitter.com/2J1hpSmF7A— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2018
It’s only right to start practice out with a look at the Cowboys’ MVP, Ezekiel Elliott:
After the offense had their behinds whipped yesterday, Dak Prescott was ready to start dishing it:
Dak Prescott yelled for the music to be turned up before this rep. He’s feeling it. pic.twitter.com/6tf36xrrbx— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 1, 2018
The defensive backs have been one of the most interesting positions to watch and it’s all fueled by the competitive fire that burns within thanks to Kris Richard:
Animated Kris Richard coaching up Anthony Brown. pic.twitter.com/B8mRhDahB8— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) August 1, 2018
It didn’t start well for Dak Prescott with this overthrow of Tavon Austin, nice coverage by training camp warrior Byron Jones:
It’s okay... third time’s the charm as Prescott finally got the connection going with Tavon:
Dak to Tavon again, though Byron was hot on his trail:
When you got the burners, running the nine route is good option for Tavon:
The Cowboys have big plans for the rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch:
The rookie linebacker knocked away a pass later on:
Leighton Vander Esch pass breakup pic.twitter.com/asdvrAnPSi— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 2, 2018
As compete period got underway, the receivers were looking to gain one back on a defense that had them beat yesterday, up first Michael Gallup:
The best thing about Gallup is that he fights from start to finish against some solid coverage by Byron, here’s another look:
Damien Wilson showed rookie Dalton Schultz that he has a lot to learn in blocking a linebacker:
Damien Wilson got the best of Dalton Schultz in a pass rush drill. pic.twitter.com/r52WaGTf3p— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 1, 2018
A nice battle brewing between FB Jamize Olawale and the Cowboys first-round pick:
Check out this grab by Terrance Williams, nice job bringing this one in:
Anthony Brown with great effort to knock this one away:
Jourdan Lewis right back at it to blanket his man here:
There has been a lot more effort to get the running backs involved in the passing game, here’s a peek at Bo Scarbrough:
Another pass to Rod Smith:
It’s never a bad idea to throw it to 21, could end up going 80+ against the Steelers, remember?
Ezekiel Elliott doing what he does best, scoring touchdowns:
Cowboys go for it on fourth down and Zeke scores on the run: pic.twitter.com/Dnv1HRqf6F— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 2, 2018
Almost takes it in again here on the pass from Dak:
Zeke collared by Joe Thomas then...hurry up...sidestep TD pic.twitter.com/saOUPDcAPJ— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) August 2, 2018
Jeff Heath says “I don’t think so, Geoff Swaim!”:
Heath wasn’t done either as this next play is very familiar for guys named Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning, and Alex Smith:
lol. I didn’t get it on film, but Jeff Heath just had a tip drill pick on the goal line in 7v7. The man makes plays ♂️ #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 2, 2018
Heath comes back later to deny a third-and-goal:
3rd-and-goal from the 2 and Jeff Heath is there: pic.twitter.com/pM11JIn5LS— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 2, 2018
Heath wasn’t the only defensive back with a pick today, the next came from former DB Kris Richard?!
Another tip still interception, returned for a touchdown — this one by Kris Richard #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 2, 2018
Speaking of tight ends, Blake Jarwin looked pretty good on this one from Mike White, two guys that will play a lot in the preseason:
White may like Jarwin but we know Cooper Rush loves him some Rico Gathers!
This is unacceptable though, that was perfectly placed by Dak Prescott:
Blake Jarwin is a tough match for Jourdan Lewis on this one:
Tough day at the office for those tasked with covering Blake Jarwin:
Don’t worry Jourdan Lewis did what a lot of guys haven’t been able to this training camp, cover Cole Beasley:
Covering Tavon Austin in space is something I don’t wish on my worst enemies. Actually, not true, good luck Eagles.
Lance Lenoir is doing everything he can to make this roster:
I wouldn’t want to be the guy getting hit in the chest by these dudes:
With many of the big names taking a seat, Dorance Armstrong gets an opportunity at valuable reps:
Dorance Armstrong just had a nice pass break up at the line of scrimmage off of a Cooper Rush throw— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 2, 2018
MICHAEL GALLUP! Sorry Byron but that’s a catch, son!
Byron Jones vs. Michael Gallup may be my favorite battle to watch. “Iron sharpening iron” for sure.
Mike Gallup’s catching everything in sight today #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 2, 2018
Dalton Schultz making up for that bad one-on-one against Damien Wilson earlier by walking this one in:
Rookie quarterback to rookie tight end in coverage by the rookie linebacker. Just a little rookie-on-rookie crime:
Cooper Rush just found Dalton Schultz for a nice touchdown. Dalton has beat Leighton Vander Esch.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 2, 2018
After the defense got a huge win against the offense yesterday, today’s practice was much more competitive by both sides. Overall, the offense avenged their loss yesterday though the defense still looks good:
Practice is over. Dak looked pretty nice today. Zeke is a monster. Byron Jones continues to impress #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 2, 2018
The biggest takeaway though has got to be a connection brewing between Dak Prescott and Michael Gallup. They were unstoppable together on that field.