Tyron Smith’s status
Coach said Smith’s injury happened in individual drills yesterday and they are still gathering information. He said tomorrow will be the key day. When asked about his preference between elevating a backup tackle or moving someone from somewhere else along the line, he said his preference was to move someone up. He conceded they do consider other combinations and that the matchups they will face on gameday also factor into the decision. He concluded by saying they still have 48 hours and that Smith is a pro and he wants to play and is doing everything to get there. The Cowboys do a mock game on Fridays and Smith did not participate.
Side note: This is what jerry had to say about Tyron Smith today.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on Tyron Smith: Well we'll see at game time what we've got. With him the good news is that the people that would replace him, the combinations of people, have had more time to work on it than we had this time last week.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 18, 2020
Did you give Zack Martina and Connor Williams reps at tackle in training camp?
McCarthy said they did get some reps, but they will hold any decisions about what they will do on Sunday until game time, noting that they have to decide on what combinations they will use.
What is Friday regeneration day?
Coach had previously talked about how they do Friday’s a little different. They do this because Thursday is their heaviest work day of the week with a padded practice. The day starts at 7 AM with a young player’s meeting, followed by a special teams and quarterback’s meeting. That is followed by a team meeting, then they do a mock game run-through at a “jog speed” where they hit all situations. That is followed by an individual drill session and then a two-hour “stay” period that is designed by the trainers and deals with the player’s soft tissue areas. He noted the players are done by two in the afternoon.
McCarthy noted that in his past job they spent so much time with a young team and that they were always the youngest team in the NFL. He said that the approach is to educate young players because they are going to be playing sooner rather than later.
Amari Cooper status
McCarthy said that Cooper went through the mock game situation on Friday and that he doesn’t foresee any setbacks.
Impressions of Brandon Carr
McCarthy noted that Carr is very smart and a very instinctive player. He said that Carr has the size, measurables, and experience to play in the secondary and that he believes it helps safeties when they are able to play throughout the secondary.
Coach said he’s back and everything is fine.