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Cowboys news: Second-round pick Kelvin Joseph signs his rookie deal

Plus other mini camp notes, preseason schedule update, and news from around the team.

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CB Kelvin Joseph Signs Rookie Deal - Rob Phillips, Dallascowboys.com

As the Cowboys continue to take care of their 2021 draft class, Joseph becomes the latest to put pen to paper.

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are closer to signing their 11-player draft class.

A day after signing first-round pick Micah Parsons, the club has reached a deal with second-round pick Kelvin Joseph on a four-year contract.

Joseph, the 44th overall pick out of Kentucky, missed part of Cowboys organized team activities because of a 10-day quarantine, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. But the rookie cornerback was cleared to return for this week’s minicamp.

NFL Releases Cowboys 2021 Preseason Schedule, Times - NBC DFW

We officially have times and dates locked in for the Dallas Cowboys preseason schedule.

The NFL released the full 2021 preseason schedule Thursday and the Dallas Cowboys will play four games, two at home and two away.

Though the NFL trimmed the preseason schedule from four games to three, the Cowboys are still playing four this season having earned a spot in the annual NFL/Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio where they’ll play the Steelers at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5.

After that, they’ll play the Cardinals in Arizona at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13. They’ll host Houston at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 and Jacksonville at noon on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Dak Prescott Is Reportedly Leaving Adidas for Jordan Brand - Claudia Miller, Yahoo Sports

Jumpman, jumpman, jumpman, Dak Prescott is up to something.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is reportedly making moves from Adidas, Footwear News reports.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the pro football player is leaving his longtime ties with the German sportswear brand to sign a major contract with Nike-owned Jordan Brand. The deal will make Prescott the only Jordan Brand quarterback in the league, as well as the highest-paid NFL player in the label’s wheelhouse—the Cowboys and Prescott inked a four-year, $160-million contract back in March. Prescott will also be the only current member of the Cowboys lineup to have a deal with Jordan Brand.

The Mississippi State graduate has been an Adidas ambassador since his rookie year back in 2016. During their time as partners, the Three Stripes brand and Prescott released a series of collaborative collections and the athlete sported cleat designs from the label during games and practices. ESPN NFL reporter Todd Archer shared images of Prescott, who is returning from an ankle injury, at the Cowboys minicamp yesterday wearing Jumpman-adorned cleats. The shoes featured all-black uppers with lugged base for grip and elasticated ankle support.

These 9 Helped Themselves At Minicamp - Hek’ma Harrison, Dallascowboys.com

As minicamp 2021 has come to an end, here are some players who did themselves some favors heading into training camp.

FRISCO, Texas – Coming off of last year, this spring has to have been invaluable for Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy and his staff. The opportunity to have install sessions, individual drills and competitive periods during OTAs and minicamp was imperative for this team. I took notes on nine players that could play a key role in 2021.

My first impressions of Osa Odighizua are speed and athleticism in the interior line. Those traits could give him the versatility to be used at multiple positions. During team drills Odighizuwa got off the ball well. He did a good job with play recognition by snuffing out the run. He is a high intensity, high motor player so he’s always pursuing the ball.

Francis Bernard is locked in during special team drills. In kickoff, punt bloc and return teams Bernard is always 100% effort. At linebacker, Bernard did a good job in 7-on-7 and team drills reacting to backs out of the backfield and covering his zone. For the 2020 undrafted free agent, the more he can do, the better his chances of making the team.

Garrett Gilbert is in the driver seat for the backup quarterback position. Gilbert shows good instincts in the pocket and his passes have velocity and placement. He hit Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb in stride multiple times in 7-on-7. Team drills seem to be where Gilbert creates separation by showing command and grasp of the offense. In the two-minute drill, Gilbert marched the offense down the field and capped the drive off with a touchdown pass to Noah Brown.

Former Cowboys LB Sean Lee Auditions for Analyst Job at CBS - Sean Martin, insidethestar.com

Cowboys fans know all about Sean Lee’s love and knowledge of the game, but as an analyst could he be Romo 2.0?

The Dallas Cowboys have been a pipeline for NFL broadcasters, with their most visible former player being current CBS lead color commentator Tony Romo. The Jim Nantz and Tony Romo booth received great reviews as soon as they debuted, which has CBS looking the former Cowboy route again to fill an opening left by Rich Gannon. Former linebacker Sean Lee auditioned to fill Gannon’s spot recently, along with Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez, and Joey Galloway – according to the NY Post.

Lee won’t be a member of the Cowboys defense for the first time since 2010, ending an 11 year career where Lee battled injuries to keep one of the sharpest football minds on the field for Dallas. Should CBS look to any of Lee’s former teammates or coaches as a reference for work ethic, they’ll receive nothing but top notch feedback.

Amari Cooper may miss the start of Cowboys training camp due to ankle injury, per report - Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports

It’s early in the offseason, but injury issues with Amari Cooper are always concerning.

While the bulk of the attention in Dallas is being paid to how quarterback Dak Prescott continues to recover from his season-ending ankle injury from a year ago, the Cowboys may have another injury worth monitoring over the next few months. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, star wide receiver Amari Cooper may not be ready for the start of training camp later this summer due to an ankle injury. This ailment has Cooper sidelined during the club’s mandatory minicamp, but Rapoport does characterize this injury as minor and more of an irritation that simply requires rest to fully be healed.

The 26-year-old receiver has not been running over the last few weeks and that will continue as he further rests the ankle. Because of the unlikelihood that Cooper will be able to go through proper conditioning over that stretch, he may not be in the playing shape he’s accustomed to at the initial start of camp. Instead of pushing the envelope and getting him onto the field, Dallas could take a cautious approach with Cooper and allow him to get back into shape to avoid reinjuring that ankle.

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