Dallas Cowboys training camp: Day 2 impressions include a new weapon

Things are selecting up for the Dallas Cowboys throughout their Oxnard training camp. While it’s nonetheless very, very early, there are already some issues beginning to emerge about this 12 months’s version of the workforce. Here are some impressions.

The competitors at extensive receiver goes to be lit.

When a title it’s possible you’ll not even pay attention to is on the roster, it’s a good signal.

There is a extensive open competitors for the spots behind CeeDee Lamb. It exhibits. In addition to Houston, TJ Vasher had a good seize that confirmed his size. James Washington was again on the sphere and had a good day after touchdown fallacious within the first observe. At a time when the workers likes to err on the facet of warning, this may increasingly point out he isn’t about to overlook any time if in any respect attainable. The finest information could also be that Jalen Tolbert is trying excellent and is positioned to be within the combine for a beginning job. That could be a large win for the scouting workers.

This will likely be topic to a lot of ebb and move as camp and preseason progress. Still, it’s by no means too early to see this type of competitors warmth up. And it appears to be like like that invaluable chemistry with Dak Prescott might already be growing for some.

Are we going to have to present Stephen Jones credit score for this one?

The Cowboys made a fast free agent signing yesterday, bringing within the USFL’s MVP Kavontae Turpin. It was precisely the form of transfer Jones loves, a minimal wage contract that leaves that powder desert dry. The plan for Turpin appears to be making an attempt to make him the first kick and punt returner. He was excellent within the USFL, together with in that function. It might have a lot of worth for the workforce if he works out, defending CeeDee Lamb and the opposite extensive receivers from having to deal with return duties.

Turpin is a diminutive participant, standing simply 5-9 and weighing solely 155 lbs or so. That could be a actual asset for a returner, nevertheless. They could be onerous to trace among the many larger our bodies on the sphere. Turpin additionally displayed excellent receiving abilities and likewise rushed nicely. Mike McCarthy said that his receiving contributions are secondary right now. But Turpin might presumably turn into a slot menace at a fraction of the fee. If this works out, we must admit Jones did a good factor.

For that matter, the plan this 12 months appears to be seeing what they have already got in the home earlier than they begin going exterior. Turpin appears to fill a want they felt required an alternative choice, however the remainder of the receiver group might nicely work out.

It ought to be famous that the excellent information for Turpin was unhealthy for FB Nick Ralston, who was lower to make room. Maybe this isn’t the final we see of Ralston, who was a pet cat for some. But in any case, here is hoping his NFL journey is simply paused, not over.

The protection is a number of steps forward of the offense.

This shouldn’t be uncommon in any respect. It simply takes longer for the offensive gamers to get timing and assignments down. For the Cowboys particularly, there’s a ton extra continuity for the protection. The secondary appears to be like significantly good thus far with a number of cross breakups and a decide or two already. They shut out the offense within the two-minute drill portion of observe on Day 2.

There is a hazard of regression to the imply for the protection, however for Dallas that’s principally concerning the league-leading takeaway margin from 2021. If the protection can proceed to be sturdy in cross protection, cross speeding, and stopping the bottom sport, that may go a lengthy strategy to make up for the close to impossibility of getting so many interceptions once more. All these different elements of the protection had loads of room for enchancment final 12 months. If they will proceed the upward development they began beneath Dan Quinn, this might be a fairly large growth.

So far so good for the first-round decide.

Before the pads come on subsequent week we actually do not have legitimate knowledge to guage the offensive linemen. But in helmets and shorts, Tyler Smith is trying the a part of a left guard. He apparently leaned up with out shedding mass. Reports are that he’s nonetheless round 325, simply the form of massive physique you need up entrance, particularly in run blocking. It will likely be fascinating to see how his 6-6 top performs in, since that makes it tougher to get his pad stage decrease than the defenders. The Cowboys really want this guess to repay. Let’s learn how it goes when some precise contact begins.

Unicorn, Year 2.

It ought to shock completely nobody that Micah Parsons is already beating offensive linemen into the backfield. Again, it’s onerous to precisely assess issues earlier than they can really attempt to block him, however all indicators are that he’s selecting up the place he left off. But he’s one participant who deserves consideration for the bubble wrap remedy early and infrequently. We could also be awaiting his precise ceiling regardless of how stellar he was as a rookie. There is nothing actually to show with him, and conserving him as wholesome as attainable ought to be a massive precedence.

Is this a trace?

It actually appears to be like like Dan Quinn is pondering this is perhaps his two DE starters and his designated warmth in search of missile for the defensive position. Reluctantly, this is perhaps one other factor Jones might get credit score for pulling off. Also, Dante Fowler confirmed up in observe.

He’s the official security blanket.

If it wasn’t already clear, when Prescott will get flushed from the pocket and the workforce goes into the scramble drill, the quarterback is on the lookout for 86. Dalton Schultz appeared to all the time be the popular goal in these conditions, inheriting the function crammed by Jason Witten for Prescott and Tony Romo earlier than him. And you possibly can put away your contract questions for a whereas.

First damage scare?

Rookie Matt Waletzko left observe with the trainers. There was no phrase on the character of the issue when this was written, however with the open query about who backs up the OT place, that is a attainable concern. He is coming off an damage his final season in faculty. Here’s hoping he does like Washington and returns tomorrow.

It is all the time regrettable when a training camp damage hinders and even derails a younger participant’s NFL dream. We can solely cross out fingers that we see little or no of this going ahead.

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