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Cowboys practice highlights: Wide receivers shine

Here are the highlights from Wednesdays practice.

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Cowboys rookie Michael Gallup “catching everything in sight” in Wednesday’s practice - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
He may be a rookie, but the wide receiver from Colorado State is turning heads in camp.

Michael Gallup is going to make rookie mistakes this season but there are so many things to like about his chances to emerge in his first year. He’s got a great understanding for how to beat multiple types of coverage. He also has that smoothness that you just don’t see in a lot of first-year receivers. Gallup will likely see a lot of one-on-one coverage when he’s in the game too which will give him great opportunities to succeed. In an offense looking for quality players to help their quarterback and passing game become more efficient, Gallup’s got as good a chance as any to become their next playmaking receiver.

Day 7 Camp Report: It’s starting to feel like Cowboys aced the 2018 draft - Shawn Kairschner, CowboysWire
Rabblerouser joins the chorus of praise for the wide receivers, but also offers an interesting tidbit on the 1-technique spot.

Terrance Williams [...] made several terrific plays in one-on-one passing drills, the most impressive a one-handed grab where he latched onto the tip of the ball.

Williams was joined by rookie wideout Michael Gallup as Allen Hurns had a veteran day off. Gallup continued his strong camp with several sweet catches, including the play of the day, a superb grab along the left sideline during the first full team period.

Yesterday, I noted that Brian Price had given Travis Frederick fits in one-on-one pass rush drills. This trend continued today; on multiple occasions, Price beat Fredbeard— a man who surrendered exactly zero sacks in 2017 — with quickness and surprising power. One of the positions the Cowboys most desperately need a miracle to happen is at the one-technique defensive tackle. Price’s early performance gives us some hope that this miracle might occur.

Star of the Day: D-Law’s Rare Rep; WRs Shine - Staff, Dallas Cowboys
The staff writers over at the Mothership hand out their “gold stars” for the day. There was a lot of love for different receivers, including rookie Michael Gallup, and a report on how DeMarcus Lawrence was playing the O-line piano.

Rob Phillips: Rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup dropped multiple passes in practice this past Sunday, but the rookie receiver has been much more efficient since the players’ day off. On Wednesday, he caught just about everything in sight. I spoke to him after that rough practice Sunday and he said he’s just got to focus on finishing the play, because he’s in position to do something with the ball after the catch. Receivers coach Sanjay Lal says Gallup is a naturally fluid and explosive receiver, and we saw that Wednesday.

Bryan Broaddus: I have never seen a defensive linemen do a pass rush drill and take a shot at the starting offensive line but DeMarcus Lawrence did just that. He started with Tyron Smith, beat him for a sack off the edge. Then against Connor Williams, he lost the first rep then came back and beat him on the second one breaking him down badly. He lined up wide against Travis Frederick and got pressure off a spin move. He took a little break from Zack Martin and then picked back up with La’el Collins getting him on another spin move. Collins was able to rally by sitting down on him in the final rep.

10 Cowboys who have stood out most at training camp so far, including the best pass-catcher among the tight ends - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Jon Machota provides a list of 10 players who have impressed the most so far in camp. Spoiler alert - you're going to find a lot of receivers on his list, so here’s a look at two other positions.

Blake Jarwin, TE

He’s been the best pass-catcher of the tight end group. There have been a few drops, but overall he appears to be the favorite to lead the tight ends in receptions this season.

Jihad Ward, DT

With defensive tackles Maliek Collins and David Irving not practicing, Ward has been the team’s top defensive tackle. He has turned heads with some of his moves in 1-on-1 drills vs. All-Pros Zack Martin and Travis Frederick.

Practice Recap: Gallup Out To Earn Respect - Staff, Dallas Cowboys
It started to look like Deja Vu when Tavon Austin and Byron Jones kept battling it out over and over.

Go Again

Someone was clearly trying to prove a point during one-on-one drills. It’s not unusual to see two players match up multiple times in one session – but it is a little strange to see the same matchup, featuring the same route, four times.

That’s exactly what happened between Tavon Austin and Byron Jones, though, as the duo squared off in a really entertaining battle. Four different times, Austin and Dak Prescott tried to execute a go route against Jones. The first two times, it was the cornerback getting the better end of the deal. The second two reps saw Austin get the last laugh.

For a guy who hasn’t traditionally gone downfield a lot, Austin has certainly gotten plenty of deep routes at this camp. Whether that translates to the season will be interesting.

Want to see these four plays? Here you go. First, Jones was winning the battle.

Then, Austin stepped it up and got the better of it.

Cowboys offense has not crossed this line in practice. ‘We are not where we want to be’ - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Hill Jr. offers up his five observations from practice, here are two of them:

Receiver Terrance Williams was a highlight on Wednesday as he got his first significant work with the first-team offense. He wowed the crowd and his teammates with a one-handed catch and then beat cornerback Byron Jones on a deep slant. It was an overall good day for Williams, who had a case for public intoxication by the Frisco police department dismissed. Rumors of his demise as important of what is a revamped receiver corps have been greatly exaggerated.

Defensive end Randy Gregory got some work in the morning walkthrough after passing his physical and being taken off the non-football injury list. Gregory didn’t do anything in the padded afternoon practice as the Cowboys will continue to be cautious in how they bring him back. He has not played or practiced since the season finale in 2016 after being suspended for repeated violations of the NFL drug policy. He is in good shape and has gained much-needed weight. He is listed at 242 pounds but says he is bigger than that. Gregory’s goal is to get some action in preseason and be ready for the season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Cowboys practice report: Randy Gregory is almost back - Calvin Watkins, The Athletic
The Cowboys young pass rusher is officially back after being removed from the active NFI list on Wednesday.

Gregory didn’t practice in the afternoon when the team was in full pads, and that’s by design. The team wants to bring him along slowly. During the walkthrough, Gregory got work on all three teams at right defensive end.

“We’re still going to be very deliberate with him in terms of getting him back into a full speed practice,” Jason Garrett said. “He’s been away from football for a long time. He’s doing very well. He did a good job of keeping himself in shape. He’s done a good job since he’s been here, so he’s making progress. But again, we don’t want to compromise him early on here and put him a couple of weeks behind where he should be, so we’re going to progress deliberately here. But taking the NFI off of him allows him to go out to the team on the grass sessions, the walk thru sessions if you will, and start to get some work.”

Observations from Oxnard: Rookie WR Michael Gallup has strong practice, Dak Prescott and Tavon Austin connect - Staff, SportsDay
Dallas Morning News provides a summary of Wednesday's training camp action with videos and thoughts from their writing staff.

Cowboys 2018 training camp: Practice #6 recap with photos and videos - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
Sisemore with social media highlights summarizing yesterday's camp activities.

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