first impression of first exercise

Oxnard, Calif. , and go away.

The Cowboys are holding their first exercise of Training Camp 2022 here in Southern California.

Head coach Mike McCarthy held his first solo press conference of the camp.

Roughly a half-dozen players were made available for their first interview of the camp, and that included a spirited Ezekiel Elliot taking the main stage with Dak Prescott on Thursday.

Just remember to take all this with a grain of salt over the next few days, especially when it comes to individual or team performance. This was the first of four practices set for helmets, jerseys and shorts, according to the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Contact is fairly minimal during this ramp-up period, trying to prevent unnecessary soft tissue injuries from the very beginning._

And while coaches are used to grinding players during training camp, McCarthy, and all 31 other NFL head coaches are only allowed 11 hours of player time, with the clock ticking from the first mandatory meeting or lift or on-field activity. Is. Through to the last mandatory team event. That’s it.

“We have to maximize it,” McCarthy said of what they can achieve in those 11 hours. “They have to understand that this is happening fast.”

But hey, the thermostat is suited for all the work you can squeeze in here. It was 58 degrees this morning at 6:30, and by the time the Cowboys entered the practice area for one of those minicamp-type workouts, it was in the mid-60s with a high of 68. And here the sun is shining for most of the day for the first time in more than three days.

So, we started firing some succulent shots in a hurry.

  • welcome scene: While it could be speculated that the Cowboys were going to put WR Michael Gallup on the PUP and rookie LB Damon Clark on the NFI prior to this first practice, LB Jabril Cox’s position was not as certain as in last year’s fourth-round draft. The likes of had spent the entire offseason. Rehabilitation after knee surgery to repair your torn ACL. Well, the field was number 14 out of the blue again, not only resuming practice, but going out with Luke Gifford in linebacker to the other team’s defense. Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander aren’t deep in the Cowboys linebacker after Ash, so they really need Cox to be strong on the outside linebacker and possibly become the main special team participant as well as the two-linebacker would snatch some snaps in the nickel defense. Huh. ,
  • Look there: It was another welcome sight for the Cowboys coaching staff, and possibly you too. When the first team offense took the field, Dak Prescott’s three receivers were CD Lamb, James Washington, and Jalen Tolbert. Remember, Washington signed in free agency to experienced depth at the troubled receiver spot, but missed all-offseason OTAs and minicamp workouts with a sore ankle tendon. Lamb and Tolbert also memorized some of those workouts. 2 receiver Gallup will likely miss the first month of the season, seeing all three of them on the field at the same time, taking away Amari Cooper and being unable to re-sign some fears of the rising receiver. calms down. Free Agent Cedric Wilson. Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and Dennis Houston dropped out with the second team.
  • Jerry said: Talking about this year’s team, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the inaugural press conference that he is optimistic despite the loss of several key heavyweights from last year’s team, Cooper, Randy Gregory and L’El Collins. He would say, “I thought last year we had a chance to score a run on it and put people in place that if we were healthy enough, we could get them. And I think we’re in a better position.” are.” Means this year. I think Jones was also referring to the fact that the Cowboys have about $20 million in cap space. That if they need to fill an emergency hole in some situation, they really have the money in the kitty to sign an experienced free agent, for a change, for a change.
  • Run DC: The Cowboys would have finished ninth in the race last year, and Zeke crossed the 1,000-yard mark in the final game of the 17-game season (1,002). So, when McCarthy was asked if he was happy with last year’s run-pass ratio, he had a lengthy explanation of how many factors can determine that from game to game. But his most important comment about the run game was this: “You’ve got to run the ball to run the ball… when you run it should be the phonebooth run game, no matter what. ” Meaning in the middle of a tackle when the defense knows you are going to run right on them.
  • first impressions: When talking about Elliot, McCarthy said, “He’s all football,” and going on to say, “When you think of Zeke you think of his running style. It’s always my first time. The impression was. I remember the first time I saw him, 2016, I was on the other side. He came running from the side, ‘Oh my god, look at the shape of that man’s head.’ He’s just a different runner. He can run really fast. He’s just a mighty sprinter.” Looks like the head coach is happy it’s his. There is no mention of the more heightened sharing of snaps with Tony Pollard.
  • On guard: It was interesting to note that when Conor McGovern again went out with a first-team offense on left guard, as he did during OTAs and minicamps, and Tyler Smith worked with the second-team in the first round, several times to Smith. Found Snape with the left guard. first team. This match is worth watching.
  • End or Tackle: These guys might just need to start off as defensive linemen. During those off-season workouts, last year’s third-round draft pick Chauncey Golston was seen working more at the defensive end than the defensive end in 2021. It was written as an attempt to be versatile. Well, this versatility could be much more than that as almost all of Golston’s snap on Wednesday came in defensive tackles on 3-technique. After all, Golston is 6-5, 277, a good dinner from 280. And there were also snaps during a two-minute drill tackle with left defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Why, second-round defensive end Sam Williams was seen inside to tackle in near-rush situations, and that too, 6-4, 261.

Today’s final word goes to rookie Williams on how he worked on some tech-type things after the Cowboys’ final minicamp session. And when asked where he did all this work, Williams, who played his college ball at Ole Miss and grew up in Alabama, had this to say about his first experience in Texas.

“I was just around. I was in Texas the whole time. I don’t know anyone in Texas, so when I say I was bored, I need new friends. Anyone who’s listening, if you need new friends.” need tell me.

“Because let me tell you, I was bored. I just went home, and then there’s my son. We went to this place called Lifetime (Health Club). It’s a new place in Frisco where they see my son working Go out and do my thing. It was a really fun experience. I’m trying to learn Texas and stuff, but it’s a very hot man, so hot.”

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