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Cowboys news: Rookies like Kelvin Joseph will still be at work in the week-long rookie school

The one-time league-leading rusher could be poised for a breakout season

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Alabama The Montgomery Advertiser-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCarthy, Cowboys coaching staff to host weeklong rookie school at The Star - Calvin Watkins, The DMN

The veterans are on vacay, but the rookies are still working at the Star.

Starting Monday the Cowboys will conduct a weeklong rookie school at The Star. It’s the last time for the coaching staff to go over the playbook and other items of note with the rookies.

For coach Mike McCarthy it’s vital.

“Pretty much most of the things I do are a reflection of my experience of coaching quarterbacks,” McCarthy said. “When I look at rookie school, I think it’s kind of a wrapup of the old quarterback school that I was part of in the early ’90s where you had that extra time. The point I’m making is there’s always, for a young player, there’s always moments in meetings and even on the field where they really don’t want to ask the question because maybe the timing or they’re totally not sure.”

Rookies who missed some of the offseason practices will get extra time with the coaches in the film room.

Second-round pick, cornerback Kelvin Joseph, missed nearly two weeks of workouts while in quarantine. Joseph, with just 13 college games, could use the on-the-field work. As it stands, he sits behind starter Anthony Brown at the other cornerback spot.

Joseph did practice toward the end of the offseason practices, but the majority of his evaluations will now come in training camp when it starts in late July.

Cowboys QB Prescott: Ezekiel Elliott is in the best shape of his life - Michael Baca,

Zeke will be eating heartily based on his performance in training camp.

Elliott rushed for 979 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in 15 games last season. Those career-low numbers were aided by nagging injuries to both Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line in 2020, not to mention the consequential loss of Prescott himself after the QB suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5.

There’s no mistaking the correlation of Elliott’s success and that of his team. Dallas has conquered the NFC East in the two seasons where Elliott led the NFL in rushing and his threat on the ground has only helped the progression of Prescott as a passer over the years.

“He’s definitely been locked in,” said backup RB Tony Pollard. “I can tell he’s took the right step forward this offseason, getting his diet right and getting in shape. Me and him, you know, we worked out a lot of times during the offseason. So, we’re both locked in this offseason getting ready.”

With Prescott ready to look past a marred 2020 season, the Cowboys’ high-powered offense is poised for a big return with a healthier offensive line and arguably one of the most talented wide receiving corps in the league. Elliott is taking it upon himself this offseason to not only benefit from the Cowboys’ impending revival, but become a major contributing factor again.

Everyone keeps raving about how good Ezekiel Elliott looks this offseason - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys

More than one source has confirmed Zeke’s new-look production.

We have certainly mocked the “best shape of his life” line before, but in this case we keep hearing it from different people. Coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator have both touched on how good Zeke is looking so far. Now we have Prescott chiming in, too. Prescott reiterated it a second time.

“When Zeke’s healthy and Zeke’s doing his thing, he’s the best running back in the league,” Prescott said. “It’s just exciting to see him in the best shape of his life, or best shape he’s been in the NFL. That’s going to be special for us moving forward.”

Not only Prescott is speaking about Zeke, but the guy hoping to get some his reps, Tony Pollard, has commented.

“He’s definitely been locked in,” said Pollard, who worked out with Elliott this offseason in private. “I can tell he’s took the right step forward this offseason, getting his diet right and getting in shape. Me and him, you know, we worked out a lot of times during the offseason. So, we’re both locked in this offseason getting ready.”

Texas native Kyler Murray was never a Cowboys fan because “they were always ass” - Mike Florio, PFT

The former “Mr. Texas football” was not fan of the state’s biggest team growing up.

The Cardinals and the Cowboys have had a one-sided rivalry over the years. The Cardinals regarded the Cowboys as enemies; the Cowboys regarded the Cardinals as a mild annoyance.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray recently spiced things up with this explanation for the fact that he wasn’t a Cowboys fan despite growing up in Texas (via the Blogging The Boys Twitter account): “They were always ass.”

Murray is only 23. The Cowboys have not been a high-level contender in his lifetime. Indeed, the Cowboys haven’t played in the NFC Championship during Murray’s lifetime. In contrast, the Cardinals have been to two of them — and one Super Bowl.

Also, the Cardinals have a 5-1 record against the Cowboys over their last six meetings. On a Monday night during the 2020 season, Murray and the Cardinals torched the Cowboys, 38-10. Even with that recent run by Arizona, the Cowboys still lead the all-time series, 56-33-1.

Why Have So Many Turned on QB Ben DiNucci So Quickly? - Jess Haynie, Inside the Star

The ‘Boys backup signal-caller has lost the faith of the fanbase. Or has he ever had it all?

DiNucci was bad that day in Philly; no doubt about it. He was just 21-of-40 for 180 yards and no touchdowns passing, plus had two fumbles. He looked uncomfortable all day and contributed to a humiliating outing overall for the Cowboys against a division rival.

2020 was a humiliation across the board for the organization, but also a byproduct of extensive injury issues, poor coaching decisions, and the lack of offseason preparation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just about everything that could possibly going wrong last year did.

Think about this; here’s a kid whose last game was at James Madison University. He enters the NFL during the pandemic so doesn’t get the usual rookie orientation or even preseason games to help get acclimated.

Before he finally gets his chance, Ben watches the offense disintegrate as La’el Collins, Tyron Smith, and Zack Martin all get injured. He sees Dak Prescott go out for the year, and then a couple weeks later it’s Andy Dalton getting hurt.

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