There were lots of things to watch in the sixth practice of the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp. One of the most obvious was whether the backup quarterbacks could have a better day than their inept showing on Wednesday with Dak Prescott giving his shoulder a rest. But that was far from the only thing.
Tyron won't practice today. Elbow tendonitis per McCarthy.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) July 29, 2021
Is this a sign of problems for the season? Or is it just taking extra care with the key cogs to the machine? Only time will tell. If this is an honest appraisal of the issue (which can be questionable with Dallas) it does not seem like something that would keep Smith out of a regular season game.
This does lend some credence to the report that Dak’s issue is indeed transient.
Dak Prescott going through his normal pre-practice warmup. No throws with his right arm pic.twitter.com/LXaVhaoQpf— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
For those who want the important details, the centers in order are Tyler Biadasz, Connor Williams, Matt Farniok, and Braylon Jones.
Don’t forget to wish QB1 a happy birthday!
Right now #Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is out here with the QBs going through scramble drills, dropping back with feet but not throwing the ball. While doing it the crowd is singing him Happy Birthday— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) July 29, 2021
There are other positive things on the injury front.
Cowboys CB Kelvin Joseph doing some rehab work to begin practice. In pads. Good sign. Mike McCarthy on rookie second-round pick: “He's doing good. He definitely fits in. I love his competitive nature. For a young guy, it's not too big for him. That's for sure.” pic.twitter.com/vGMI8CECFd— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 29, 2021
Drills ‘n stuff.
Dak Prescott off to some resistance training. He’s keeping busy. pic.twitter.com/k8kV1tbmWW— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 29, 2021
Oh, yes, please.
Early team period is built for the offense to get off its own goal line. First rep of the period saw Zeke go off right tackle, reach the corner and hget 12-14 yards upfield before I saw anyone touch him.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2021
Neal with a good rep.
Backs & TEs are going against the LBs & safeties. Keanu Neal with some nice coverage on Sean McKeon. pic.twitter.com/Ynz9lBDo7H— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2021
DT is going to be better this year, I’m telling you.
Cowboys DT Neville Gallimore (No. 96), block shedder. pic.twitter.com/cgOtAhyJvi— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 29, 2021
They’re feeling good, too.
Hunter punter sighting!
You obligatory daily dose of Randy, and Dan Quinn coaching ‘em up.
More little (hopefully) complaints.
Gregory is back on field with starters https://t.co/DeEYue4e9c— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) July 29, 2021
Anybody got Blake Bortle’s number?
If the ball has gone more than 6-8 yards downfield in this practice, it’s only happened once or twice. I miss Dak.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2021
That’s a strong safety.
Still lemons involved in making this lemonade.
Cowboys team work heavily emphasizing ground game with handoffs, screen passes and a few QB keepers today. No deep balls. Result of Dak Prescott missing time? Mike McCarthy says Cowboys run defense could use the work.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) July 29, 2021
Damontae Kazee almost getting his second INT of camp pic.twitter.com/8WUgjiFdZY— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
Zeke getting some work.
Ezekiel Elliott on the run. A little bit of hitting today pic.twitter.com/vMDAL1S0Ji— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
Or maybe it’s because QB1 is missing.
It’s worth noting that today’s workload has included a lot of more conservative situational stuff — offense coming off its own goal line, 4-minute situations, etc. So it makes sense if it’s not high flying.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2021
Still, just not a very photogenic practice.
No vertical shots downfield today during the team period. Cowboys placing emphasis on ground game with handoffs, screens, QB rollouts. Prioritizing a short passing attack.— Brianna Dix (@DixBrianna) July 29, 2021
On defense, Dan Quinn has worked on run fits specifically with defensive lineman.
A GOOD THROW! (Plus there’s that man again.)
And here’s another touchdown from Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb, this one in tight window past CB Trevon Diggs. pic.twitter.com/g89EHchE2R— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 29, 2021
Defense fired up over this big stop by Anthony Brown pic.twitter.com/rorxyY1ijJ— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
Someone is not giving up his spot without a fight.
Punter Hunter Niswander handling the FG duties in camp with Greg Zuerlein on PUP. This one from 47 pic.twitter.com/TrgINw4cJ4— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
Here’s a down roster WR to keep your eye on.
I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you. pic.twitter.com/4qKMSDINNm— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2021
Despite the obvious limitations, it was an up day for the offense and Garrett Gilbert.
TE Sean McKeon with the TD to end team drills pic.twitter.com/cIDK7oQLtV— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2021
One handed TD grab from Garrett Gilbert to TE Sean McKeon ends the team portion of practice. That’s 3 TDs for Gilbert today, I believe - 2 to CeeDee. Passing game started a little slow and picked it up late.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) July 29, 2021
That is my last tweet recap for a while, because if nothing goes unexpectedly wrong, I will be in attendance in person on Saturday in Oxnard. I’ll cover three practices. I plan to bring you multiple reports, and maybe my own tweets will show up in these collections. Let’s go!
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