The Cowboys should be going back to Oxnard for training camp in another move toward normalcy.
Friday was the first day of rookie mini-camp at The Star in Frisco. Drafted and undrafted players were on the field for what felt like a small step towards the 2021 NFL season.
But the biggest step towards both next season and a slice of normalcy will be training camp in July. On Friday, Jerry Jones made a point of speaking to the media after practice to speak about a return to Oxnard, California for training camp.
Jones said there was nothing to officially announce yet but sounded confident that the franchise would be able to hold training camp in Oxnard. There are still necessary steps that the NFL requires before they approve where any team holds their training camp as well as additional communication with the city of Oxnard.
“We have a few details to work out, but I’d say systems are on go,” Jones said.
The Cowboys had held at least a portion of every training camp in Oxnard from 2012 until last season’s disruption due to COVID-19 in which the team held an altered version of training camp at The Star in Frisco.
The has been some concern about Kelvin Joseph and his music career interfering with his commitment to football. He says not to worry.
Joseph has a budding music career. Under the stage name “YKDV Bossman Fat,” he has eight albums and a handful of singles available on streaming platforms. His most recent effort, “Bossman Stories 2,” came out in the fall.
In the high stakes, football-only world of the NFL, that’s bound to raise some concerns about his focus. On Friday, the first day of the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp, Joseph did his best to sweep those aside.
“I just know the difference between my hobbies and my profession,” he said. “Football is going to get me paid and it’s going to change my family’s life. Making music is just like a hobby.
“There will be some music coming one day, but right now it’s just strictly business,” he added.
The blunt truth is that Joseph can have whatever hobby he wants as long as he’s a good enough cornerback to justify the No. 44 overall pick in the draft. In light of that, it’s probably music to the Cowboys’ ears that his focus is on football as he acclimates to the professional level.
“The transition is fast. It’s like overnight,” Joseph said. “It can come fast so you just got to be ready to work and you got to be willing to go that extra mile for yourself and your team and your family.”
If one thing is certain about the Cowboys’ new schedule, the Dallas secondary will be under fire - Tim Cowlishaw, DMN
The rebuilt Cowboys secondary will certainly have its challenges in 2021.
But once you get to Halloween and the Vikings’ duo of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson (they combined for 209 yards and three TDs against Dallas last season), it gets serious. November is something of a special Cowboys’ tribute to Alabama wide receivers, a thing that second-year corner Trevon Diggs — now expected to be the leader of Dan Quinn’s secondary — can appreciate. Denver’s Jerry Jeudy, Atlanta’s tandem of Jones and Calvin Ridley and the Raiders’ Henry Ruggs will all have to be dealt with.
And somewhere in between all that is the Cowboys’ once-every-eight-years trip to Arrowhead Stadium which means Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the receiving end of those Patrick Mahomes’ downfield missiles.
If you like to play those “3 games in 12 days” deals, the Dallas secondary will face Jones, Ridley, Hill, Kelce, Ruggs and let us not forget Darren Waller (107 catches last year) in that span from Nov. 14 through the 25th.
In a season that stretches a full four months due to the new 17-game schedule (the Cowboys open with the Bucs on Sept. 9 and finish in Philly on Jan. 9), challenges abound. And, yes, a lot of factors go into how a secondary with at least a few new regulars in the mix — including Joseph, safety Domantae Kazee and possibly even some Keanu Neal — is to be graded.
Now that the Dallas Cowboys 2021 schedule is out, let’s predict their final record - Clarence E. Hill Jr., Star-Telegram
One effort at predicting the Cowboys final record in 2021.
Dec. 12: at Washington | 12 p.m. | FOX
This is the start of the Cowboys stretch division matchups in four of their last five games, with three of the four on the road. Washington rules this one. LOSS
Dec. 19: at Giants | 12 p.m. | FOX
The third of three straight road games and back-to-back trips to the East Coast. The jet-lagged Cowboys can’t keep up with Saquon Barkley. LOSS
Dec. 26: vs. Washington | 7:20 p.m. | NBC
With so many crucial games on the road, the Cowboys reassert themselves at home in prime time and make a push for the division title. WIN
Jan. 2: vs. Cardinals | 12 p.m. | FOX
Kyler Murray made the Cowboys look silly in 2020. That was without Dak Prescott, who will let the little fellow know who is king in Texas. WIN
Jan. 9: at Eagles | 12 p.m. | FOX
Somebody said it would be a cold day in hell before the Cowboys would clinch a title in Philly. Bring on the cold. Cowboys close with three-game win streak. WIN
Final Record: 11-6
One of the more shocking picks of the draft was when Dallas took CB Nahshon Wright in the third round. Will McClay explains what they think they got.
Nahshon Wright, Round 3 (99), cornerback: “One of the things you talk about when comparing players is, ‘Name me another one, a 6-foot-4 corner.’ There’s only been a couple. ... The No. 1 thing is the way he competed. The other thing was he’s a former receiver. You won’t get turnovers miraculously. People have to have that ball instinct. Being a receiver first, you know that he knows how to catch the ball. Then there’s his competitiveness at 6-4, 185 pounds. We know he needs some strength developed, but he competed. One thing you look for is how comfortable they are in press [coverage]. To do that, you have to have knee bend, ankle flex. You’ve got to be able to sink your hips. It’s harder for 6-4 people, but he does it naturally. And when you’re that tall as a press corner, it kind of diminishes the margin of error for the offense. The quarterback has to throw over a larger target and then if that guy can locate and find the ball, you have an opportunity to take it away. We feel like he can do that.”
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