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Jason Garrett press conference: Awuzie’s back tightened up in practice yesterday

The head coach spoke today on all things Cowboys.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys-Training Camp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Thursday of a game week, that means head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media. Here’s what he had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrases of what he said and not direct quotes).

How do you balance some of the new offensive schemes with having cornerstone plays you feel comfortable running?

It’s the versatility of the players, we want to attack in different ways. You want some cornerstones plays in your offense, in the running game and the passing games. Everything else complements off that, the double-moves, the misdirection, or putting guys in different spots. Best offenses have givens (cornerstone plays), things you are confident in.

What happened to Chidobe Awuzie yesterday?

His back tightened up in middle of practice, it looked like he was moving better today. We’ll see how he is today in practice.

Parker Ehinger?

He was hurt in practice, we are working out a guy today, Xavier Su’a-Filo. We’ll have to see about a scope for Ehinger. (You can read more about Su’a-Filo here and here.)

Can you talk about Julius Peppers?

One of the best to ever play in the NFL, he was playing when I was was playing. He’s a great player wherever he’s been. He’s a good run defender and an elite pass rusher, he’s productive and makes game-changing plays. Everybody says he’s a true professional.

Can you talk about Travis Frederick as a person?

One of the best guys I’ve ever met, just an outstanding person and a really good player. A lot of what he does on field reflects on him off the field. How hard he works, how he is as a teammate. I’ve talked about this before, this health situation is about Travis the person first.

The relationship between Dak Prescott and Scott Linehan?

They need to be on the same page, they need to talk. The QB needs to understand why we do certain things from Scott’s view, and Dak needs to be honest and direct with Scott about things. You try to make the environment QB-friendly, there are things you can do about that and you choose to do what a QB does well. Dak can do a lot of different things so we don’t have to limit that, but it’s important for him to be direct, open and honest.

Looking back do you still think Prescott tried to do too much last year?

If you go back through NFL history, you try to make things easy for the QB. If your defense isn’t good, or your offensive line has problems or your running back, if you have no playmakers, that makes it hard for a QB. The load is spread around but if one guy has to carry the load it’s too hard.

Randy Gregory’s body has changed, looks bigger, stronger?

When we drafted him, we knew that was going to be part of his development. You like a guy who is tall, lean, explosive at that position. You understand they will grow into the body, but he’s never going be a squat-body, a two-gapper guy. Gaining strength will help his explosiveness.

What do you talk about with Brett Maher?

He’s a professional, he’s kicked a lot in games in college and in the CFL. He’s demonstrated that he is prepared. Now just carry that preparation into the game and continue to execute.

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