return to real men’s football

Oxnard, Calif. , Yep, it’s the actual “return to football” for the Cowboys out here at training camp.

Why, for the first time ever, this camp came with pads for two straight days this week, before what head coach Mike McCarthy calls Wednesday’s “mock game” exercises, more than a walk-through workout with absolutely no pads before two more padded practices. on Thursday and Friday.

Real man’s soccer These are padded exercises, short of keeping the man on the ground with the ball. If you know the definition of thud just pat them.

“I want it to crank up,” McCarthy said before Monday’s padded workout. “I want to fly fur. I want juice.”

Unfortunately, flying fur and oozing juices lead to injuries, and cowboys quickly found it on Monday and again on Tuesday.

Confirming once again what my Camp Rumi has taught me over the years, Brad Shum often says, “We come to training camp to find out who’s going to get hurt.” never fails. And we didn’t have to wait long for disturbing _shots_ to drop. Keep it up, we’re getting here soon.

  • Raise the bar: The Cowboys quickly recognized the lack of depth in the linebacker’s position, agreeing with ninth-year veteran Anthony Barr, who was the former Minnesota Vikings first-round draft choice in 2014. There was concern here. If the Cowboys were to play a 4-3 base defense with three linebackers, it would be Leighton Vander esque in the middle, Micah Parsons in an outside position, and … and … who? There could have been Jabril Cox, who returned from a torn ACL last year as a rookie. Sobering may be Cox missing exercise with knee pain expected in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s walk-through, though that’s also expected to return soon. The Cowboys had shown interest in Barr in early July. Somewhat concerning that Barr has played only 13 games in the past two seasons, after tearing just two pectoral muscles in 2020 and six in 2021 with a knee and hamstring tackle. It’s also troubling that the Vikings renegotiated the five-year, $67.5 million package, including a $33 million guarantee they signed in 2019. And in doing so, he allowed Barr to cut the final two years to zero, while clearing the cap space by reducing his 2021 base pay. of his contract. Doing so is now costing the Vikings $9.89 million in dead money this year. The Cowboys should have insight into Barr, the current senior defensive assistant in charge of linebackers George Edwards the Vikings defensive coordinator in the first six seasons (2014–19) of Barr’s career. Furthermore, the Cowboys could gain crystal clear insight into Barr’s potential by talking to 13-year-old Cowboys’ former assistant Mike Zimmer (1994–2006), Barr’s head coach throughout his career.
  • dang 5 Metatarsals: Last year, DeMarcus Lawrence fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during practice in the second week of the season. Now it. Veteran wide receiver James Washington, part of a wide wideout group to start, went back to Dallas on Tuesday for doctors to perform surgery—the first padded exercise Monday—to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot. A screw was surgically placed on the metatarsal joint to help it heal faster. Initial estimates put him missing for six to 10 weeks. For example, Lawrence missed 10-games last year, a period including a bye, so 11 weeks. The Cowboys’ dilemma would be if they kept Washington on injured reserve 24 hours after landing on the 53-man roster, could he return after four games, or would they allow him to recover in fewer games than he would 53-man. Man on the roster. The Cowboys are less than six weeks away from their September 11 first season against Tampa Bay. For a non-professional athlete like me, it took three months to get back on the tennis court with the same injury—without surgery—to training camp that summer in San Antonio wearing a boot and crutches. no bueno.
  • What to do: At this point, the receiver’s position doesn’t seem to immediately do anything, with Cowboys COO Stephen Jones saying of Washington’s injury, “It’s part of the game, but what hurts is what makes some young people step up and play. gives a chance to do it.” Well, the Cowboys have many young people with those chances, as predicted No. 2 receiver Michael Gallup will miss the first month of the season recovering from his ACL knee repair. This means, other than No. 1 man CeeDee Lamb, no other healthy receiver on the current roster has caught a touchdown pass in the NFL. The names you hear now are third-round draft pick Jalen Tolbert, sixth-year backup Noah Brown, first-year undraft receiver Dennis Houston, first-year undraft receiver Brandon Smith, last year’s fifth-round pick Simi. Fehoko, who played only seven snaps on offense in his rookie season, recently signed rookie free agent Kevonte Turpin and first-year 6-6 TJ Washer, to a rookie practice squad last year. To bring in an experienced free agent, Jones said the Cowboys would wait a bit, realizing that some of them were coming back from injuries and not ready for camp. The list of free agents available includes Will Fuller, TY Hilton, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders, Odell Beckham Jr., Deason Jackson, Alan Hearns, and Adam Humphries. Bet they sign a veteran in due course, at least one spotless recovery by Washington or Gallup.
  • Galloping Together: Speaking of Gallup, while he’s getting along well, there’s little chance he’ll be ready for the start of the season. If the Cowboys drop him on the PUP to start the season, he must miss the first four games before being eligible for a return. If medical staff think he can return early, the Cowboys will have to move him to the 53-man roster from the start.
  • Dealing with this, too: There seems a good chance the Cowboys will be in the market for a seasoned offensive tackle, potentially after losing to fifth-round rookie Matt Waltzko. He seems to have suffered a shoulder dislocation, requiring him to undergo surgery for the rest of this week. The medical staff will have to decide whether he can play with the shoulder harness as before or needs surgery. This leaves Josh Ball the only possible on-roster candidate to make a backup swing tackle and he has yet to play down NFL football. Good thing the Cowboys have kept their salary cap “powder dry,” should they need to dip into free agency for a veteran type. The problem here is that there aren’t many available, and if you should hear any familiar free-agent names, they’re either aging or coming from injuries from the past year. A veteran backup swing tackle-type was recently signed by the Bears, 33-year-old Riley Reif, an 11th-year veteran who signed a one-year, $3 million deal that would make at least 10 percent of the play. could reach $7.5 million. Snaps. Get this, Reef played for the Bengals ($7.5 million) last season, but after signing L’El Collins this off-season, the Bengals decided not to resign to Reef again.
  • Cap Strain: And now you know why the Cowboys had about $20 million in cap space going to camp. Lamb will likely be asking for an extension for these emergencies or when carried over to the next season. Maybe Trayvon Diggs too. Hey, should they need to have backup swing tackle, an experienced receiver, potentially a seasoned kicker and already signing Barr, that $20 million will quickly melt away.
  • Seesaw Battle: Speaking of kickers, this is exactly what is happening between hitherto no-draft rookie Jonathan Garibe and CFL veteran Lirim Hazrullahu. One day LH shines and Garibe struggles. Next Garibe shines and Hazrullah struggles. Take Tuesday, Garibe makes six out of eight attempts while LH makes three out of eight attempts. Now, the wind is tough here when it comes to kicking in as they’ve done in live special teams sessions. McCarthy said, “We need this, we need this competition. We need to give these people opportunities. Right now, we don’t know much about either of these.” Also they have not been consistent.
  • Quick Hitter: “I’m not a fan of defensive backs who can’t catch a football,” says McCarthy. … then it was asked by CeeDee Lamb if he was inspired by the huge contract extensions recently signed by receivers DK Metcalf (3 years, $72 million) and Deebo Samuel (3 years, max $73.5 million) so that he can finish the 2022 season. could produce a bigger one because he would be eligible for a contract extension in 2023, “not much. My motivation is the playoffs.” … it’s welcome news from Tyrone Smith, adding how he feels physically at camp, “In fact, I think it’s probably the strongest I’ve felt in a while. . This is the fastest I have felt in a while. I feel excited to see how this season is going to be.” … John Faisal, the special teams coach, had this to say of his inexperienced kickers, “I want them to experience some tough days,” which is how he sees how they respond to misses, which during the season. … and McCarthy was last asked his thoughts on young receivers, he said, “I believe in developing receivers.”
  • Billion Dollar Turnover: Sportico ranks the Cowboys as the most valuable franchise in all sports, coming in at $7.64 billion, an estimate that includes the cost of the team, the cost of owning the stadium, and any real estate or business investments. The Rams came in second among NFL teams with $5.9 billion, while New England came third with $5.8 billion. Stephen Jones of Sportico’s rankings said, “Sports may not be for everyone, but for those who love it, it is real fertile ground. Be it the Legends platform, the real estate platform, the technology platform “We’ve seen that you can really use stars, cowboys, and sports to grow the business.”

And this week’s final word goes to defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, when asked why he decided to return to the Cowboys after interviewing the head coach after the great coaching work he did in 2021, which is going to be a terrifying one in 2020. The Cowboys were the defense and pointing out that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently said that he looked after them financially.

“The first rule of Fight Club is to never talk about Fight Club,” Quinn began, spilling the financial part of the question. “Unless my jersey roots have changed, you don’t talk about contracts.

“But honestly, I’m having a blast here, I really am. I’m enjoying the whole process of what I’m doing. I just want to put Mike first and defense to value. Every once in a while I find out where your feet are and you’re in a good place and you feel it, and that’s really how I felt here.”

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