Cowboys Camp is now rolling so Sport DFW is going to make it a point to provide daily updates as often as possible this preseason. Welcome to the first daily update…
Cowboys Camp is here! And it is our every intention to provide updates, M-F, summarizing the goings-on in training camp this summer. We will tap resources all over, in order to collect as much information as possible. We’ll sift through the fluff and try to provide the best insights and most reliable information.
Here is the first installment from Cowboys Camp:
State of the Cowboys
Cowboys Camp opened with the usual State of the Cowboys press conference but the tone of the conference was anything but usual. Amidst all the recent controversies surround players’ behavior this offseason, it wasn’t surprising Jason Garrett would face questions. But it’s the number of questions that seemed somewhat startling.
Especially since the Dallas Cowboys enter the season as a very legitimate Super Bowl contender. I mean, there are actual football topics to discuss. After roughly 30 minutes of character-based questions from the media, football finally made its way into the press conference.
Jaylon Smith looked pretty good. Some were signing his praises, but what I saw was Jaylon Smith at about 80%. As a Notre Dame fan, I’ve seen every game he’s played in college. I know his game, and he’s not there yet. Before the injury, he was perhaps the most special player I’ve ever seen. In Oxnard he looked good, but not THAT good.
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Cutting an innocent Lucky was good
After finding out about an alleged shoplifting incident (misidentified or not), the Dallas Cowboys opted to cut receiver/returner Lucky Whitehead. Even if the incident turns out to be a mis-identification, the move was wise.
cutting him now means the Cowboys didn’t have to waste snaps on him.
While some were quick to call BS on the situation (since the Cowboys didn’t cut their more notable players for accusations much worse), it perfectly illustrated the lesson I’m trying to teach my four-year-old daughter: Life isn’t fair. Special people get special treatment. If you want special treatment you better find a way to be spectacular in something. Otherwise, you better be a good, law-abiding person. And I’ll always love you, sweetie.
The Cowboys just did what society does at every turn and at every level. Special people get away with just about anything. Even murder sometimes. Regular people usually don’t. And hiding from this harsh truth doesn’t help anyone.
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It was a good move because Lucky Whitehead wasn’t going to make the team (seriously, run the numbers and build a final 53-man roster – it wasn’t happening) so cutting him now means the Cowboys didn’t have to waste snaps on him.
Now those snaps will go to players who need the reps.
DeMarcus Lawrence fat?
He sure looks like it. I don’t have a ton to say on the issue but considering this is a make-or-break season for the Boise State end, I’m surprised to see the girth.
Starting Defensive Line
In the immortal word of Dennis Green, “They are who we thought they were!” Last week I broke down who would be starting and where. I also dove into the depth chart behind them all. While they were essentially guesses, more than inside knowledge, they were EDUCATED guesses.
The starting lineup this week shouldn’t surprise anyone. But neither should changes to it as the preseason progresses. Oh yeah, the starting defensive line is this:
Going forward, this Daily Cowboys Camp update will be coming out in the morning. It’ll be good breakfast fodder for the masses. Enjoy.