Dallas Cowboys “Pumped Up” As Coaching Camp Begins With Onerous Knocks – Dallas Cowboys Weblog
FRISCO, Texas – On Tuesday, part of the Dallas Cowboys team will fly to California to begin training camp. Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, Executive Vice President Stephen Jones and Coach Mike McCarthy will hold a press conference on the team’s booth on Wednesday. On Thursday, the players will be on the practice range in Oxnard, California.
The wait for the 2021 NFL season is drawing to a close.
“Pumped up,” said Stephen Jones.
During their organized team activities and minicamp that off-season, the Cowboys saw quarterback Dak Prescott look like he had no ill effects from the intricate fracture and dislocation of his right ankle he suffered in the fifth game of the 2020 season. While offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and La’el Collins didn’t play a game together in 2020 and weren’t involved in any competitive portions of the spring practice, Jones said they’ll be ready.
There are some questions about how much wide receivers Amari Cooper (ankles), defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) and defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee) will do early in camp, but Stephen Jones doesn’t expect any of them to be absent for long periods or other players who are hurt.
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“We’ll be careful,” said Stephen Jones. “We’ll loosen up with each of them. If someone who might need a little,” [of time], we’re not going to rush it because it’s a journey. We believe everyone will be ready to roll. “
The Cowboys have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons, finishing a disappointing 6-10 in McCarthy’s first season, but interest remains high, with Prescott’s return one of the biggest storylines of the NFL season.
His return is under further investigation as the cowboys appear in HBO’s “Hard Knocks”.
Dallas is the first team to appear in the series for the third time, and Stephen Jones confirmed the Cowboys hadn’t asked to be selected.
“Jerry was at the league meetings and we were kind of informed that we were doing it,” said Stephen Jones. “It wasn’t really asking too much. It’s great for the league.”
It might not be the best situation for the cowboys to give them so much attention, but the organization is looking at the impact of selling the brand after a year that fans were restricted or not allowed to attend games because of the coronavirus -Pandemic.
Stephen A. Smith explains why he’s excited to see The Cowboys appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this season.
“All of those things leading up to the season are huge, whether it’s mini camps and OTAs, training camps, hard knocks, preseason games, all the things that go with that are a big part of our game in my opinion,” said Stephen Jones. “It’s a natural setup to get our fans to go to our soccer games. Obviously our world has been through a lot with the pandemic. You can’t just assume that you flip the switch and everything will be” fine.
“We believe that a lot of build-up, including hard knocks, is a good thing to get people to reconnect and get started.”
The Cowboys first appeared in Hard Knocks in 2002 and ended that season 5-11. Their second appearance came in 2008 and they missed the postseason with a 9-7 record with a hugely talented team that was finished in part because of the turbulence in the locker room.
“Ultimately, you have to go to work. You have to execute. You have to bring it all together, have your leadership, have your culture and win football games,” said Stephen Jones. “A little of that comes with the cowboys. You’ll always be in the spotlight when you’re with this organization. That is part of it. Ultimately, we believe – although it obviously isn’t.” for us now in a while – it will be really good for us.
“It can add a harshness and get us ready. I have great confidence in this team led by Dak. He’s special. … They put him in position and make this offensive line group healthy. Damn our whole group is “ready to make a statement and take the next step.”