The Cowboys are back and refreshed from their day off for a couple of more practices before they head back home on Friday.
When the backdrops come down, it means camp is almost over. pic.twitter.com/uJy0sXjg7r— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 15, 2018
A couple of guys that are dealing with a few nagging injuries were in attendance but aren’t expected to do much:
Travis Frederick at practice but not in pads pic.twitter.com/OS2Kj8vlJP— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 15, 2018
There is good news on Frederick:
Travis Frederick says everything checked out with his doctor visit. Main response to his recent stingers is simply to rest. He’s not sure when he’ll be back to practice, but it’s not a larger issue #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 16, 2018
Other injury updates:
Maliek Collins and Jeff Heath are going through pre-practice walkthrough today. Seems like a good sign #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 15, 2018
Cole Beasley is also at practice, but not suited up. Doesn’t look like he’ll practice today #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 15, 2018
Always a good idea to start the day off with a visit from Mr. 21, Ezekiel Elliott:
Hey guys, let’s not get too carried away out there. Tavon Austin got dinged up early in practice:
Tavon Austin went into the medical tent with head athletic trainer Jim Maurer. Appeared to be walking fine. Hope for an update post practice— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 15, 2018
Cowboys WR Tavon Austin has left the field after going into the tent with head athletic trainer Jim Mauer. This came before the Cowboys started any team drills.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
And the update:
The Cowboys don't believe Tavon Austin's tight hamstring is a big concern. He was removed from practice early on more as a precaution.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
This is the very definition of “iron sharpening iron” with Sean Lee covering Ezekiel Elliott:
Ezekiel Elliott beats Sean Lee: pic.twitter.com/xg8j6CRC6a— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
Sean Lee was not convinced that was a reception... he’s most definitely going to argue that one under his breath:
Oh but it was a completion, Mr. Lee:
On the next try, Lee gets flagged for defensive holding:
Sean Lee called for defensive holding and Ezekiel Elliott catches the TD anyway: pic.twitter.com/p8UqpP7kbr— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
Rod Smith beats brother Jaylon Smith:
Leighton Vander Esch, cover tight ends much? Woof, that was an ugly rep.
Damien Wilson on the other hand says sit down, Jamize Olawale!
Nifty footwork by Allen Hurns to make this catch, Byron Jones really made him work for it:
Dalton Schultz just toying with Tyree Robinson:
Okay, could guys stop getting nicked up, it’s Jamize Olawale this time:
Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale just left team drills with a right arm injury. Could be a stinger. Being looked at on sideline by athletic trainers now.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
Starting at his own one-yard line, Hi Zeke! Bye Zeke!
Another look at Ezekiel Elliott crushing the defense’s soul:
Ezekiel Elliott in team drills from the 1-yard line: pic.twitter.com/093E9a6vHL— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
DeMarcus Lawrence was waiting for Zeke on this one, not much gained:
Wowza! Tank Lawrence beating La’el Collins badly on this one:
DeMarcus Lawrence dominating out here pic.twitter.com/VDS0H9vvCY— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 15, 2018
Add Leighton Vander Esch to the list of guys visiting the trainers today:
Now Cowboys first-round pick LB Leighton Vander Esch is down and walking off with athletic trainers after a team drill: pic.twitter.com/c1uNsO4r4t— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 15, 2018
LVE reportedly has a strained groin but it’s not believed to be too serious.
Dak Prescott was a tad late on the deep ball to Terrance Williams so Byron Jones decided to undercut it, PICKED!
Here is the play LVE was injured on:
Leighton Vander Esch heading to the locker room. This is the play he got hurt on pic.twitter.com/qGZK8NqMyc— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 15, 2018
Here’s the beautiful backside view of Byron Jones’ interception:
Sean Lee read Ezekiel Elliott like an All-Pro linebacker should on this one:
An easy walk the dog for Ezekiel Elliott:
A closer look shows some great pulling by the O-Line on Elliott’s TD run:
Dak eats it on this one as he was going to keep it, that pass rush was too fast, too furious:
Spread em out. Still no room for Dak pic.twitter.com/csmPl1JRbk— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) August 15, 2018
It’s easy M’Kay...Mekale McKay of course:
There is that man again, Bo Scarbrough for the catch and score:
In the immortal words of The Spinners: “Whenever you call me, I’ll be there!” Michael “Always Open” Gallup because who else?
Sean Lee in there for the stop on Zeke...again. Let’s just assume if a runner needs to be stopped, #50 is making that stop:
Sean Lee with the run stop on Zeke pic.twitter.com/h0dSq1TizA— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 16, 2018
Nice catch by Allen Hurns as he wears Chidobe Awuzie around him like a coat:
Nice seam route by Geoff Swaim, easy target, easy catch:
Zack Martin just stifles his opponent’s momentum:
On the next rep, Zack Martin pins his man. It’s best to just stay down, sir.
Connor Williams counters Jihad Ward and puts him on the ground:
Jihad Ward vs. Connor Williams: pic.twitter.com/w3OD7cyuF9— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
Gallup takes Jourdan Lewis’ lunch money on this touchdown:
Sidestepping to the sideline as Michael Gallup hauls another one in from Dak Prescott:
Is Stop-N-Go back in business? KD Cannon sure thinks so as he fools Jourdan Lewis:
Lewis rebounded with this pass breakup intended for Gallup:
Michael Gallup vs. Jourdan Lewis: pic.twitter.com/iKxaDdyEYE— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
Cooper Rush looking for the mismatch finds Rod Smith DEEP for the completion over Justin March-Lillard:
It’s not just Zeke that they’re sending deep. Rod Smith catches a deep ball. pic.twitter.com/lIvKJU26fm— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 16, 2018
Kavon Frazier reads Prescott’s intended pass for Gallup and denies the offense!
Michael Gallup comes right back for more with the completion on the slant:
What a nice toss by Mike White who finds KD Cannon for the touchdown:
Damien Wilson just handling his business with this pass breakup:
Hey Dorance Armstrong, what did you do today. “Oh nothing much, just beat Tyron Smith on my first compete rep. No big deal.”
Rookie Dorance Armstrong vs Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith: pic.twitter.com/RSHSB3l1AD— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
Well, one of three is a lot better than most pass rushers in the NFL, Dorance.
Dorance Armstrong won the first rep vs. Tyron Smith. He lost the next two pic.twitter.com/nHuaJrgD1O— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 16, 2018
La’el Collins wasn’t having any of it from DeMarcus Lawrence...DISMISSED!
La’el Collins holding his own vs. Tank Lawrence pic.twitter.com/A8GYSgX4Nn— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 16, 2018
It just isn’t happening, Daniel Ross. That’s Zack Martin.
Elliott making his own way around the entire defense:
Well some people are just born to rush...Randy Gregory with the would-be sack on Dak Prescott:
Make that a double for Randy Gregory:
Randy Gregory just had what would have been his 2nd sack of Dak in team drills.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
I remember a certain BTB front page writer claiming it wouldn’t take long for Gregory to show out:
Randy Gregory had one sack if not two in a three-play span.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 16, 2018
Nice PBU by Marquez White, completely rejects that ball headed for Lance Lenoir:
Cooper Rush drops a dime to Michael Gallup streaks into the end zone:
Dak Prescott finds his man, Lance Lenoir for the touchdown!
Dak to Lance Lenoir for TD: pic.twitter.com/G1n35rXlxi— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
Dak pulls a “Tony Romo” as he motions Lenoir to the corner for the score!
All in a day’s work for Lance Lenoir, who follows that up with another score, this time with the second team:
Lance Lenoir TD on 2nd team, too: pic.twitter.com/7bwZk1xR2A— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
Mike White ends the practice with his own TD pass to Mekale McKay, who Sean Lee reminds quickly of his chances of making this roster...OUCH.
After this TD catch by Mekale McKay, he spiked the ball. And immediately, you could hear Sean Lee from the far sideline, shouting: “you ain’t got s#!t”!#CowboysCamp #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/r0WciD7Mky— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 16, 2018
And that’s a wrap from today’s practice in Oxnard. Hopefully the injuries to Tavon Austin, Leighton Vander Esch, and Jamize Olawale aren’t too serious. Dak Prescott’s new favorite receiver tandem of Michael Gallup and Lance Lenoir really put on a show out there with guest appearances by Allen Hurns. Overall, the offense won this day.