“Tomorrow’s a new day” is a saying often used to soothe someone after a rough day at the office. If you’re familiar with Jason Garrett, you’d know that is probably exactly what the Cowboys’ head coach told the Cowboys offense after a rough day of practice on Tuesday. It must have worked, because the Cowboys offense looked excellent in Wednesday’s practice.
It all starts at the quarterback position, and the Cowboys quarterback had a very good practice. Dak got into a rhythm right off the bat with multiple receivers. With Allen Hurns taking a veteran day off, Michael Gallup stole the show, along with Tavon Austin, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, and Cole Beasley making plays throughout the entire practice.
Tavon Austin set a tone in Cowboys practice in 1-on-1’s against Byron Jones. Austin, who is looking to rebound with his new team, is being utilized like the playmaker many thought he’d be after being drafted eighth-overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Austin is getting reps on the outside, inside, in the backfield, and as a returner. Here, you’ll even see him being used in the red zone in ways you wouldn’t think he would have success. The arrow is pointing up for Tavon after a good start to camp, and if he continues to play at the level he has through two weeks of camp, maybe he’ll begin to erase some of the “bust” tag.
Michael Gallup had his best day of practice on Wednesday as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Gallup made plays in 1-on-1’s, 7-on-7’s, and in team drills. Whoever he lined up against he beat; that is excellent news for a team that is lacking the ideal threat at the receiver position. One of Michael Gallup’s biggest strengths at Colorado State was his large catch radius, and his ability to bring down contested balls due to his physical style of play. Gallup showed both of those traits off in Wednesday’s practice.
It wasn’t just the Gallup-Austin show though, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Lance Lenoir, and Deonte Thompson stood out as well. Williams, who is coming of a foot injury, has been relatively quiet in practice so far, but he made a couple of really nice plays in Wednesday’s practice. TWill’s offseason has been far from perfect, but a good start to camp will certainly give him some confidence heading into the season.
Best catch so far at camp: Dak to Terrance Williams pic.twitter.com/H0Z9yIbc9I— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 2, 2018
It was a rough day at the office for the Cowboys receivers in Tuesday’s practice, but they came out on Wednesday and had some revenge on the Cowboys cornerbacks. In order for this offense to succeed, the Cowboys wide receivers will need to win their 1-on-1 battles. If they can do that it will open up things in the running game, and help out third-year quarterback Dak Prescott. Wednesday’s practice is a good indicator that the receivers and quarterback are certainly capable of surprising a lot of people in 2018.