Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Going Perfectly

Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) /

It’s early in training camp but so far, things are going perfectly for the Dallas Cowboys

Getting off to a good start in training camp is always important for the Dallas Cowboys, but this season the importance has grown exponentially. That’s because the current global pandemic effectively cut training camp in half, making each and every practice twice as important as they once were.

So far, things have gone swimmingly for the Dallas Cowboys in just about every way.  Not only has every player shown up motivated and ready to work, but even those with less-than-ideal contract situations appear unfazed and generally gruntled with their standing on the team (see also: Dak Prescott).

The Dallas Cowboys took a couple big swings this offseason with high variance players like Aldon Smith (who’s been away from the game for roughly five years) and Trevon Diggs (who was considered one of the more high-risk/high-reward CBs in the draft). Both players have been receiving glowing reviews from teammates and coaches alike, and appear to be more high-reward than high-risk early in their Cowboys careers.

The secondary as a whole was a point of concern for most Dallas fans. The unit struggled in 2019 and responded by letting their top cover man, Byron Jones, walk in free agency (a risky move to be sure). Instead of investing in another proven commodity they took as shot at a few low-cost options in hopes that at least one would hit. So far so good on that front.

Not only does Trevon Diggs look like a potential top-3 CB, but carryovers Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie look like they’ve stepped up their games as well. It’s early but success in the secondary is always good to see, especially when it’s the chief concern heading into the season.

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The defensive line is stacked. Dallas has an embarrassment of riches on the edge and that’s not even counting Randy Gregory who’s still suspended. Gregory’s suspension is probably the one thing that’s not going perfectly since we have yet to get resolution on the matter and time is ticking on the season. Gerald McCoy is looking quick, lean, and reinvigorated. DeMarcus Lawrence is motivated and ready to prove last season was an outlier as he statistically regresses to the mean in 2020.

Ezekiel Elliott is as lean as his rookie year and may be able to put fear into opposing defenses once again. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are pushing each other and look ready to produce career seasons. The rookie CeeDee Lamb looks every bit as advertised (and that’s saying something) and the entire coaching staff seems to be on the same page and delivering a clear message to the team around them.

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Best of all, there haven’t been any major injuries and the players that have been out are expected back shortly. None of this is to say everything is going to work out perfectly for Dallas this season, but as far as progress to this point – one couldn’t expect a better start to camp.

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The Dallas Cowboys have gotten off to a great start to camp this year. Let’s hope it continues…

  • Published on 08/17/2020 at 12:01 PM
  • Last updated at 08/17/2020 at 09:03 AM