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Mike McCarthy press conference: Dak Prescott’s health, Michael Gallup’s status, CeeDee Lamb as punt returner

The Cowboys head coach gave an update on the team.

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The Cowboys are starting their mandatory minicamp today so Mike McCarthy gave a short press conference to update things.

It started with him being asked about John Fassel as his father Jim Fassel passed away from a heart attack. McCarthy said that John Fassel will not be at practices this week and will be with his family. He noted how much John learned from his father Jim and how he helped shaped the son as a coach and a person. He finished by saying that John’s assistant Matt Daniels will handle the special teams in the minicamp.

Coach was asked if he’s seen anything different about Ezekiel Elliott in this offseason and he simply noted that he looks great. He then said how Zeke attends the early morning QB meetings and is a pro’s pro and has had an outstanding offseason.

On a question about Dak Prescott’s health, McCarthy said he noticed it a few weeks ago in private workouts that Prescott was having no problem moving around in the pocket and getting outside of it on scramble drills. That’s when he kind of knew Prescot was okay. He said the anticipation is that Prescott will be a full-go in training camp and would participate in team periods. He did say they will be smart about it, but right now everything looks like a full-go.

McCarthy noted that after a question on Michael Gallup that he has taken a big leap forward in his play and that they had been playing him on the outside, but this offseason they’ve moved him around some and into the slot, and that Gallup is loving it.

A popular question recently has been around CeeDee Lamb remaining as a punt returner or his he too valuable for that? McCarthy said that when he hired John Fassel he told him that special teams would be a priority and that players don’t graduate from special teams. He noted when the acquire players they want them to be able to do multiple things. He referenced going through a similar situation with Randall Cobb back in his early days, but he doesn't think they are ready to take Lamb off of punt return duties, but at the same time he noted they will have multiple returners.

Cornerback Kelvin Joseph has been in a 10-day quarantine because of COVID precautions but he will be back at practice today. Coach also answered a question about Nahshon Wright by saying he has been impressive and is very bright while picking things up quickly. He said there is still technique work to be done but that he is aggressive and competitive.