The Dallas Cowboys have been hard at work this week during their minicamp in preparation of the 2021 season. It has been a positive to see Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and other players who were lost for portions of last season doing even the most mild level of activities. But it is still only June which means there are about six more weeks until things get going for real when training camp arrives. It is believed that the Cowboys will return to Oxnard, California for camp, although that remains to be officially announced.
Whether it is in Oxnard or not, training camp is now the next time that we will see the Cowboys full team do anything substantial. On Thursday morning it was announced that the team cancelled the final day of minicamp in lieu of a team-bonding activity. The team is holding what Mike McCarthy has dubbed “rookie school” next week for the newbies.
Cowboys have canceled the final practice of their three-day minicamp. Coach Mike McCarthy programmed a team-bonding activity instead. Been a sense this would occur. Veterans to be dismissed today until training camp in July. Rookies stay in town next week for development program.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) June 10, 2021
This is hardly uncommon as far as NFL teams are concerned. It seems as if the coaching staff and personnel all saw what they needed to and would rather devote the last bit of time together before the break to something different which is their prerogative. An added benefit of going down this route is that it keeps everyone at the level of health they are currently at which is of critical importance.
Speaking of health, the Cowboys are definitely playing a slow game with certain players. Amari Cooper is an example of someone who we haven’t seen a lot from to date and it appears that this could remain the case for a little while. NFL Network reported on Wednesday evening that the star wide receiver is dealing with an irritation in his ankle that happened “about two weeks ago.” He is apparently a candidate to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
From @NFLTotalAccess: #Cowboys WR Amari Cooper may not be ready for training camp as he rests with hopes that an irritation in his ankle will calm down, while #Falcons WR Calvin Ridley underwent minor foot surgery. pic.twitter.com/NYEfRvAXHs— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 9, 2021
All told, OTAs and minicamp seem like they were a success for the organization. They got to see Dak Prescott operating at his normal levels which had seemingly been the biggest question that everyone had throughout the offseason. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins being in great shape is also a lot of wind in the team’s sails.
The announcement of Oxnard as the official host for training camp could come any day, and until then the organization has to play it cool. Mike McCarthy mentioned this week during one of his press conferences that he is operating as if that is what is going to be the case, but there has been no official confirmation.
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