The Cowboys will be heading to Philadelphia this weekend, but before they go they have one more practice and one more press conference. Let’s see what Jason Garrett had to say. (All answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes).
Dak Prescott will be limited, don’t anticipate a full practice
Jason Garrett noted that if Dak Prescott throws at all that it won’t be much.
Saturday is still TBD
Dak had previously said that he would throw on Saturday, Jason Garrett said that they would take it day by day.
No shield for Tyron Smith
Tyron Smith was reportedly going to go through Thursday’s practice with a visor of sorts. Jason Garrett said that ultimately it wasn’t necessary and that his understanding is you have to have a medical reason to wear one during games. He said Smith did well in practice.
Benefit of Byron Jones against this Eagles team
Philadelphia doesn’t exactly have a lot of great wide receivers on their team which means they will be leaning on one of the league’s best tight ends, Zach Ertz, even more than usual. Byron Jones has a lot of history in covering tight ends, Ertz included, and Jason Garrett noted that this is a good thing to have at their disposal.
Sometimes guys are offsides
Michael Bennett has come under fire for how frequently he is typically offsides. Garrett noted that happens sometimes with impact players on the defensive line but that you would like to have the impact without the penalties and they will work on that.
Sean Lee/Joe Thomas status
Coach doesn’t anticipate Lee doing much today, but Lee has been taking Friday’s off on a regular basis this season. He also said they don’t expect Joe Thomas to do much today.
CJ Goodwin status
Coach said he’s doing a little more each day and it’s not the pain that’s a problem it is being functional in the cast.
Thoughts on Kai Forbath
Garrett said they will be in tune with Forbath based on the conditions in Philly about where he wants to kick from (hashmarks) and how far he can kick. He said this is normal no matter where they play and the Forbath is a veteran that has kicked in all kinds of conditions.
It’s hard to replicate winters in the northeast
Jason Garrett noted that the Cowboys live in Texas so it can often be difficult to replicate conditions from NFC East cities but that they do everything that they can in order to do so.
Will Saturday be any different because of Dak’s situation?
Jason Garrett said he doesn’t anticipate this to be the case.