As we slide back into a regular routine, coach Jason Garrett held a press conference to discuss the team’s preparations for the game against the New York Giants on Monday night. (All answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes).
Cowboys are focused on this game
The schedule will get a little different for the Cowboys with them playing on Monday Night Football, then on a couple of Thursdays. Jason Garrett said they’re focused on this week’s game.
Most guys who were injured will do at least something
Anthony Brown is working his way back, Leighton Vander Esch is working his way back, so they might be more limited than others. Cam Fleming is not anticipated to do much.
Reason for offensive splits on the road and at home
Asked about the splits where the offense is much less effective on the road than at home, Jason Garrett noted that he doesn’t put much stock in that and that you have to be able to win wherever you are, against whoever you’re playing. When pressed, coach simply noted the offense has to play well wherever they are and was unwilling to get into it more.
Stopping Evan Engram
Jason Garrett said, wait for it, that Giants tight end Evan Engram is a really good player. He noted how big and fast Engram is and that the Cowboys are going to have to dedicate a lot of attention in both zone and man to make sure that they’re slowing him down.
Being a good run defense
Asked how the team has improved as a run defense Jason Garrett noted that the Cowboys have to have great gap discipline and stay focused for them to get better and better.
Michael Bennett can move around
Jason Garrett mentioned that new defensive end Michael Bennett has moved around throughout his career and that he’s comfortable playing both inside and outside. He said they have moved him around some in practice and that he is comfortable with the Cowboys terminology.
Bye weeks are big for the backup quarterback
With no game, a bye week can mean more opportunities for a backup quarterback. Jason Garrett mentioned that Cooper Rush did a fine job.