Cowboys release 2019 training camp schedule, practice times for Oxnard - Dave Halprin, Blogging the Boys
It’s almost time to head to Oxnard, California.
The release of the training camp schedule fills in the gap between dates we already know, the mandatory minicamp (June 11-13) and the preseason/regular-season schedule. The Cowboys will begin practice in Oxnard on July 27th (Saturday) and will wrap it up on August 15th (Thursday). That morning will be the last practice before the Cowboys jet off to Hawaii for their preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.
In between those dates they will hold a Blue/White scrimmage and will travel to San Francisco for their initial preseason game.
The full training camp schedule as it stands today, times and dates are subject to change.
After seeing the numbers on the Carson Wentz contact, Todd Archer weighs in on what Cowboys fans should expect to see when #4 signs his extension.
Figuring out where Prescott falls financially would seem to be fairly well-defined by now.
On the new money, Prescott is looking at $30 million or more per year. Since he is set to make $2.02 million in 2019, that could make the average on the length of the deal $26 million to $28 million per year or more.
Prescott acknowledged that his agent, Todd France, has made a counteroffer to the Cowboys’ initial proposal, but declined to say recently where things stand now. He also said a new deal would be for “generational money, life-changing money,” and that he wanted to be a Cowboy forever.
Just 24-hours after Carson Wentz saw an extension, the reports are already starting to come out that the Cowboys and Dak are not close on a contract.
Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys, but it sounds like it could be a while before he gets a new contract.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said Friday that the two sides are “really far apart” in negotiations, and the process could drag past the start of training camp.
“I thought this was going to take deeper into the summer. I thought we were looking at maybe the start of training camp,” Garafolo said. “It could be into training camp. Everything that I have been told by sources briefed on the talks is that both sides are really far apart at this point. It sounds like they’re just going to put a pin in it for a while and then revisit it.”
Why Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s new contract is so significant for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys - Jon Machota, Sports Day
The Wentz deal did more than just set a number for the Cowboys and Dak Prescott.
Wentz and Prescott are comparable players. They were in the same 2016 draft class. Wentz went second overall. Prescott went 135th.
Based on stats over the last three seasons, Prescott has been better. He has started every game, leading Dallas to a pair of NFC East division titles and a playoff win. Prescott won 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has been named to two Pro Bowls.
Prescott’s career totals include 48 starts, 32 wins, 67 passing touchdowns, 25 interceptions, 10,876 yards, a 66.1 completion percentage, 96.0 passer rating, 944 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.
Wentz’s career totals are 40 starts, 23 wins, 70 passing touchdowns, 28 interceptions, 10,152 yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, 92.5 passer rating, 542 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
The best argument for Wentz being the better player is that he has displayed a higher ceiling as a passer. During the 2017 season, Wentz was on his way to winning league MVP before tearing his ACL in Week 14. Backup QB Nick Foles then stepped in and led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win. Wentz, who has made one Pro Bowl and been named second-team All-Pro once, has not started a playoff game.
With OTA’s winding down, which three players stood out?
Entering his third NFL season, wide receiver Reggie Davis has had a hard time finding a home. A standout at the University of Georgia, Davis started out his career as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. He was waived and landed with the Cleveland Browns.
That was a short stint and Davis then rejoined the Falcons. In 2018, he again started with the Dirty Birds before going to the Philadelphia Eagles and finally, the Cowboys in November. Throughout all those stints, he continued to play on the practice squad, never making it to the active roster.
However, he may finally be getting close. According to his position coach, Davis has been turning heads in Dallas and is possibly the most improved player on the team.
Sticking with OTA’s, let’s see which rookie defensive backs impressed so far in OTA’s.
Bryan: I was very high on Olumba, but I am starting to have concerns that he’s a player that will always be a tick late making plays. Westry might get a look at safety which could make him valuable. Jackson is already playing some in the slot so they clearly have plans for him.
A list of the five biggest risks the Cowboys are taking heading into 2019.
5. Defensive Tackle
After giving up an embarrassing 273 rushing yards in their playoff loss to the Rams, the Cowboys seemed destined to upgrade the middle of the defensive line. But other than the second-round pick spent on Trysten Hill, Dallas did not add any significant upgrades at defensive tackle.
The Cowboys appear content with the reality that Maliek Collins and Antwaun Woods were both not at 100% in that Rams game, dealing with illness and injury. Considering that Dallas had the fifth-best run defense in the 2018 regular season, it’s wise not to overreact to one awful day in January.
But still, that bad day happened. And like we just discussed with safety, Dallas had some opportunities in free agency to add proven players like Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh.
The Cowboys’ focus this offseason was re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence and also upgrading the DE position with Robert Quinn. They seem to be hoping that the pressure on the outside, coming from both sides, will make life easier for the defensive tackles.