It has begun. The Dallas Cowboys conducted their first 2021 training camp practice in Oxnard today. There was a flood of tweets from the media as practice went on, and here is a rundown.
On the injury front, there was not so good news and very good news.
The Cowboys will place Amari Cooper (ankle), DeMarcus Lawrence (back), Trysten Hill (knee), Greg Zuerlein (back), Chauncey Golston (hamstring) and Mitch Hyatt (knee) on PUP to open camp, according to a source. Hill and Hyatt likely need the most rehab time compared to others.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 22, 2021
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (back) should be ready Week 1. Same for WR Amari Cooper (ankle), K Greg Zuerlein (back) and DE Chauncey Golston (hamstring).— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
But already fighting for job, DT Trysten Hill (ACL) in a precarious position. Highly unlikely to suit up in 7 weeks vs. Bucs.
None of the Cowboys’ starting offensive linemen are on PUP list. While expected, that is nonetheless significant. LT Tyron Smith (neck), RG Zack Martin (calf) and RT La’el Collins (hip) all ready to go. Mike McCarthy: “They’ll take all the reps with the ones.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Time will tell how serious these PUP designations are, but it is at least very fun and encouraging that Blake Jarwin & Demontae Kazee aren’t on it.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 22, 2021
I continue to be blown away by Kazee’s recovery from an Achilles tear that happened in October.
And then the angels sang.
Dak Prescott taking the field to start his sixth training camp pic.twitter.com/5LMyotfcXg— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 22, 2021
Oh, did the field just tilt a little, coach?
Cowboys training camp practice No. 1 pic.twitter.com/aS3D7Qj0G1— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 22, 2021
They say coverage skills are important for today’s linebackers.
We’ve all heard about how in shape Ezekiel Elliott looks. But he is not alone.
Demarcus Lawrence looks lean. You love to see it. https://t.co/vYaISwNRzp— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 22, 2021
This has got to be the leanest La’el Collins has been in his major football career. pic.twitter.com/BF8GsXPB3L— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 22, 2021
Time for team stuff.
Drills underway before the first practice of this Cowboys camp. pic.twitter.com/8mOWBLXxYT— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 22, 2021
Video will be coming shortly.....but Mr Prescott is moving just fine out here, with some ZIP on these throws.— Shan Shariff (@1053SS) July 22, 2021
Uh, what do you call this drill?
The battle for QB2 begins.
Garrett Gilbert, Cooper Rush, and Ben DiNucci pic.twitter.com/m369VIubOU— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 22, 2021
Love this so much.
A healthy Cowboys LT Tyron Smith pic.twitter.com/w67W5CtyoZ— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) July 22, 2021
HBO in the house.
I love to see who’s right in front of the DC here.
Dan Quinn talking run technique with the defensive tackles. pic.twitter.com/km09Px0E5Y— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 22, 2021
Some Cowboys fans are serenading RB Ezekiel Elliott, repeatedly singing him “happy birthday.” He turned 26 today.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Big sophomore season coming!
But, um, ouch.
CeeDee just got hit in the PeePee in a drill I do believe— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
Cords are a good sign.
DeMarcus Lawrence working off to the side with cords. He is on PUP following a "postseason" back surgery that Mike McCarthy says is more cleanup than anything. pic.twitter.com/BdIiT6g8fu— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 22, 2021
Say more things like this.
The confidence the #Cowboys have regarding Dak Prescott’s recovery from a gruesome leg and ankle injury is reflected in his running routes and leaping to make a catch as QB group practices two-minute drill in first training camp practice just now.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) July 22, 2021
Dak and Zeke going through individual drills pic.twitter.com/x9NJtk8oVv— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 22, 2021
So good to see.
Not good news for a guy already on the bubble.
LB Francis Bernard has already suffered a setback. Just a few minutes into camp, he went into the trainers tent and has now walked off into the locker room. More details to come.— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) July 22, 2021
Cowboys LB Francis Bernard suffered a hamstring injury during the first hour of practice. Disappointing development for one of top undrafted rookies in team’s 2020 class. He is done for today.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Lots moar, please.
I’m a big fan of this.
Dan Quinn is personally leading the DL drills right now.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 22, 2021
No wonder players love Quinn so much... The hands-in approach is so awesome... https://t.co/jPmMXpO4bk— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) July 22, 2021
CB1 showing out.
Trevon Diggs gets an interception off Dak Prescott along the sideline on the first play of 7 on 7 drills— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 22, 2021
Trevon Diggs’ first two reps of seven on seven and he records a pick on Dak Prescott throw to Michael Gallup and breaks up a Garrett Gilbert throw to Johnny Dixon. Blake Jarwin got a Prescott completion on the third rep.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 22, 2021
Lots of big, fit looking players.
Maybe it’s because we didn’t see these guys up close last year, but Gallimore looks bigger than I thought he was. Confused him for the big rookie Bohanna a few times.— Derek Eagleton (@derekeagleton) July 22, 2021
Very positive sign for the rookie who missed so much of the OTAs.
Kelvin Joseph blanketed Noah Brown on a go route— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
Kelvin Joseph getting a little run with Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
He’s not the only rookie getting in the action. Now just hang onto the ball.
Nahshon Wright undercut pass for Eagles dropped INT— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
Randy szn coming.
More DE stuff.
Bradlee Anae and Terrell Basham looking quick and fit during some brief one-on-one drills. Good explosion off the line.— Kyle Youmans (@Kyle_Youmans) July 22, 2021
Be still, my heart.
Dak completed deep ball to Malik Turner over Jourdan Lewis. Perfect ball.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
This is great stuff.
Cowboys taking advantage of having a healthy TE Blake Jarwin on field, giving LB Micah Parsons a number of man-coverage reps against him on 7-on-7. Good chance to evaluate, develop the rookie first-round pick in coverage. Contested matchup so far. Parsons’ makeup speed stands out— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Might not want to sleep on Carlos Watkins.
Front 4 from L-R to start team is Basham, Gallimore, Watkins, Gregory— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
How long will this last, I wonder?
Terence Steele is in at RT for team drills, I guess they’re still going slow with LC.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 22, 2021
first team D:
Basham, Watkins, Gallimore, Gregory
Brown (LCB), Diggs (RCB), Lewis (slot)
It’s really happening.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott takes his first 11-on-11 snap since suffering ankle fracture last October vs. Giants. Screen pass to RB Ezekiel Elliott goes for nearly 20 yards. Full workload is expected this camp for Prescott. pic.twitter.com/thJYIqH1vL— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Cowboys in 11-on-11 with live pass rush. Quarterback Dak Prescott taking reps with 1s. No pads yet of course. But still: Final hurdle ✅— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) July 22, 2021
I’m telling you, this defense is going to be better.
Another nice play by Trevon Diggs in team drills pic.twitter.com/my3MXXVSWx— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 22, 2021
I’m enjoying watching #Cowboys Trevon Diggs. He had a little back and forth with Dak Prescott at one point, a couple plays after picking Prescott off. You can’t tell a lot out of pads, but he’s in on everything in his direction. It’s a good day one start for a vital player.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 22, 2021
And the offense will be on fire.
And Micah is anything but slow. https://t.co/RsyOFv1FXS— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) July 22, 2021
Some down roster guys also having a good day.
Ron’Dell Carter with back to back nice rushes— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 22, 2021
Cowboys CB Reggie Robinson has such a better feel for cornerback than he ever did at safety as rookie. Switch to natural position gives Robinson a chance for NFL success. Here, he breaks up a Dak Prescott pass intended for Blake Jarwin in 11-on-11. pic.twitter.com/z276M3nEDS— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 22, 2021
Overall, looks like Mike McCarthy has the team hit the ground running.
Today felt like the most work Cowboys have gotten in Day 1 that I can remember. But @BryanBroaddus would know better.— Shan Shariff (@1053SS) July 22, 2021
That’s about it. Lots of stuff, mostly good, to process. We want to be cautious about reading too much into the first practice of the year, but it is hard not to feel really good so far.
On #Cowboys Prescott, not going to assess his passing as he gets back into a groove. But movement on that ankle looks good. They’re rolling him out quite a bit. Looks like he never had an injury. That would be the first box I’d want to check. Does he look healthy from jump? Yes.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 22, 2021
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