By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author
OXNARD, Calif. — It does not sound like these cellphone calls are coming anytime quickly.
To listen to it from the remainder of us, the Dallas Cowboys ought to have spent the final 24 hours searching for somebody — anybody — so as to add to their depleted receiver depth chart. However in assessing the state of affairs following the lack of James Washington to a damaged foot, they do not appear to agree.
“I’m plenty satisfied with what we’re going to be, and there’s no urgency looking for a veteran receiver,” Cowboys proprietor and basic supervisor Jerry Jones mentioned Tuesday afternoon.
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As has been the case for a lot of this 12 months, it is a entrance workplace that has rather more confidence in its present roster than most. Shedding Washington for 6-10 weeks, mixed with the persevering with restoration of Michael Gallup, leaves them with out a lot expertise. As famous yesterday, CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown are the one wholesome receivers on the group with important expertise within the NFL common season.
Regardless, Jones mentioned the Cowboys have lengthy felt good concerning the younger gamers on the depth chart. Jalen Tolbert is a no brainer, because the entrance workplace drafted him 88th general on this 12 months’s draft. However even unheralded gamers comparable to undrafted free brokers Dennis Houston and T.J. Vasher preserve cropping up in dialog.
“We anticipated a little numbers problem with keeping the receivers or not keeping all the ones we wanted,” Jones mentioned. “This may be just evening out. But it doesn’t create an urgency at receiver. We like these young guys.”
This may really feel acquainted to anybody that has adopted the Cowboys for some time. It was solely 4 years in the past that the entrance workplace entered the common season leaning on journeyman comparable to Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, plus a rookie Gallup, to raise their passing recreation.
Requested about that Tuesday, Jones identified there may be different expertise on the roster. The Cowboys do have a high receiver in Lamb, and tight finish Dalton Schultz continues to be hanging round. It is nonetheless plain that somebody goes to be requested to rise to the event.
“They most definitely have no choice,” Lamb mentioned. “The door is open for anybody’s opportunity, and I feel like the younger guys are taking that opportunity and trying to do something with it.”
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It is a lengthy checklist to control within the weeks to come back. Simi Fehoko is an apparent one, as he was simply drafted final 12 months. There’s additionally the newly-signed KaVontae Turpin, who was named USFL MVP over the summer season. Vasher signed with the membership final spring, however he missed all of 2021 with a non-football harm. Brandon Smith spent final season on the follow squad.
Then, aside from Tolbert, there’s the foursome of undrafted rookies: Dennis Houston, Jaquarii Roberson, Ty Fryfogle and Dontario Drummond.
You are forgiven if none of these names sound acquainted to you. However from the sounds of it, they’ll be given their likelihood to vary that. With so few vets to select from, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy mentioned first-team reps can be benefit based mostly. And with starters unlikely to play a ton in the course of the preseason, there can be loads of in-game reps to go round in August.
There is a lengthy solution to go, however so much nonetheless to see.
“I want to see what they can do in the heat of battle, and then we got Tampa in September,” Lamb mentioned. “There’s only one way to find out.”
The Cowboys went by means of their second padded follow of coaching camp Tuesday. Listed here are some further notes from the follow discipline.
Off the mark?
Is it too quickly to panic concerning the kicker competitors? As a result of after only a few days, issues aren’t precisely encouraging.
Rookie Jonathan Garibay and CFL veteran Lirim Hajrullahu are the Cowboys’ kickers of alternative at coaching camp, and neither is off to what you’d name a working begin. It was Garibay who struggled Monday, and on Tuesday it was Hajrullahu’s flip.
Garibay hit six of eight makes an attempt within the duo’s particular groups follow interval, whereas Hajrullahu completed a less-than-great 3-for-8.
In a while in follow, McCarthy known as certainly one of his impromptu “Mojo Moments,” meant to check the group’s response to speedy change conditions. Every kicker received three makes an attempt from lengthy distance in entrance of all the group.
Hijrallahu went 1-for-3, with a make on his first try. Garibay did not make any of his three makes an attempt.
To be truthful to them, most of those kicks had been from lengthy vary — 50 yards or additional. There was additionally a constant breeze blowing throughout the follow fields.
“That wasn’t a confidence builder, going against about a 50 mile per hour wind trying them from 60 yards out,” Jones mentioned.
Very similar to the state of affairs along with his receivers, Jones mentioned he is not frightened concerning the kickers simply but. Although it seems like he’d want to see them attempt some shorter kicks.
“I was kidding somebody, I just want to see them make extra points and kicks from the 20 and the 30,” he mentioned. “We’ll worry about that far out stuff later, I just don’t want to head into the year missing extra points and short field goals.”
Solely Micah Parsons may generate a follow word about warmups, however that is the place we’re at.
Parsons was a hell of a highschool working again, as he has identified up to now, and he regarded the half Tuesday. The Cowboys’ linebackers work by means of a tackling drill day by day the place they dimension up a ball provider and take the correct angle to the ball.
Technically, it was newcomer Christian Sam working by means of the drill, however he was working towards Parsons, who did not take the drill calmly, dumping the tackler to the bottom.
The Cowboys aren’t more likely to let Parsons carry the rock in a recreation setting. However it will most likely be enjoyable.
It is no shock that inside linemen have a better time shining with the pads on.
Now that there is some precise contact and hitting occurring, it is enjoyable to notice what’s occurring on the defensive deal with place. As could be anticipated, starters comparable to Neville Gallimore and Osa Odighizuwa are displaying up. Gallimore batted down a go Tuesday throughout two-minute drill, and Odighizuwa’s capability as a go rusher has been on show usually.
One title value mentioning within the early going is Trysten Hill. The fourth-year veteran will get ignored by followers and media, however he is made his share of performs by means of two days. On Tuesday, he laid a giant hit on Ezekiel Elliott within the A-gap, stonewalling a run on the line of scrimmage. A number of snaps later, he had an opportunity at a sack when he beat his man and flushed Prescott out of the pocket.
“Clearly, it looks like he’s back from the injury,” McCarthy mentioned. “I thought during the offseason program he had some ups and downs because of the knee. But so far, so good. Looks good to me.”
It is also value mentioning that rookie John Ridgeway has gotten some run with the defensive starters. Although, given Dan Quinn’s tendency to rotate personnel continuously, it is laborious to understand how a lot to learn into that.
Odds and ends
Jeremy Sprinkle, Jake Ferguson and Jabril Cox all missed follow Tuesday, although these absences aren’t regarding to McCarthy.
Sprinkle was held out after feeling a flare up in his Achilles, whereas Ferguson exited early with a hamstring difficulty. Cox dinged his knee and the Cowboys opted to make use of warning by not practising him. The expectation is that the second-year linebacker will follow Thursday.
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities, offering each day perception and evaluation on the NFL’s most seen franchise. Previous to becoming a member of FOX, David spent 9 seasons protecting the Cowboys for the group’s official web site, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he received a regional Emmy for his function in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” concerning the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.
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