We’re one preseason game away from all of this being real and that excitement continues as we check in with the head coach at his press conference today.
Jason Garrett took the podium on Tuesday. Here’s what he had to say (all answers are paraphrases of Garrett, not direct quotes).
Cooper Rush is definitely the backup quarterback
Jason Garrett said there are some good things to be taken from the Cardinals game in regards to Cooper Rush, but also acknowledged that there were some bad plays. He made it a point to still praise who Rush is, but he definitely made it a point to apply the appropriate context for the whole situation. He also specifically said that he felt comfortable with Rush as the backup quarterback.
Mike White has done a good job
Garrett noted that White is “very pure throwing the football” while noting that he needs to mature. Obviously White is a rookie and has a lot to learn, but he’s definitely got a fan in Jason Garrett.
The Randy Gregory questions keep coming
“We don’t really know anything about that, and I think the system and structure is probably designed that way.” Garrett noted that Gregory has worked very hard to get himself back to “a place where he can compete and play football” for the Cowboys. The head coach definitely sounded like he was Team Randy, but he also avoided any discussion about any potential issues from the report following the Cardinals game.
At the end of the discussion he was asked whether he expects Randy to play in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers noting “based on what I know, absolutely.”
Kadeem Edwards has done everything the Cowboys have asked him to do
Jason Garrett heaped a whole lot of praise on Edwards noting that he’s a great person and that his time with the Cowboys has served him well. Garrett said Edwards isn’t perfect by any means, who is, but said there is a lot to like about him.
Lance Lenoir still has a shot to make the team
There’s been a lot of discussion about Lance Lenoir’s punt returns against the Cardinals. Jason Garrett noted that he’s not in the business of placing blame, but he did acknowledge that Byron Jones inhibited things for him on the first muff that he had. Garrett didn’t hold back on Lenoir’s second muff as he said it wasn’t a great decision by the receiver. He also said that Lenoir has “warranted a chance to compete for a spot on this football team.”
Jason Garrett didn’t want to get into hypotheticals on preseason snaps
When asked whether or not 5-10 preseason snaps made a difference over zero for any player Jason Garrett said he didn’t want to get into that hypothetical. Drat.
There’s nothing new or different about Travis Frederick’s condition
Jason Garrett said there was nothing new or different regarding any results of Travis Frederick’s condition (Guillain Barre Syndrome). He said that he didn’t want to get into the business of how Frederick was feeling, and he specifically emphasized that they wanted Frederick the person to get right above all, but he did say that he has been around and in meetings.
Leighton Vander Esch is not anticipated to play against the Texans
Jason Garrett has been excited about this team since February
Shocker here, but Jason Garrett is pumped about this iteration of the Dallas Cowboys.
The new Cowboys offensive linemen are anticipated to practice on Tuesday
The Cowboys signed offensive linemen Matt Diaz and Kyle Bosch on Tuesday. Both are expected to practice today and play against the Texans on Thursday. Let’s have some fun.