Trevon, Stefon Diggs share phrases from separate camps

By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author

OXNARD, Calif. — The ramping up is mercifully over.

Subsequent time the Cowboys take the follow area, it’ll be for the complete brunt of a padded coaching camp follow. In the interim, they eased into their first off day with one last outing in shorts and shirts.

With the group sitting idle on Sunday, listed below are some Saturday observations to hold the weekend:

Sibling rivalry

Expertise is such a gorgeous factor. How else may we interact in some brotherly trash discuss from reverse sides of the nation?

Trevon Diggs appeared on NFL Community on Saturday afternoon in the course of the tail finish of follow in California. Whereas he was there, he mentioned that if the Cowboys managed to play the Buffalo Payments within the Tremendous Bowl, he’d maintain his brother, Payments receiver Stefon Diggs, to zero catches.

Payments camp is going on all the way in which out in Pittsford, N.Y., however the great NFL Community crew stationed there managed to ask the elder Diggs for his ideas. Earlier than he may reply, Payments quarterback Josh Allen did it for him.

“Ten for 160, two [touchdowns],” Allen mentioned.

The Cowboys and Payments clearly have loads of Tremendous Bowl historical past, with Dallas capturing its final two championships at Buffalo’s expense. I’d gladly watch a 3rd go-around only for this matchup.

Kicking issues off

The Cowboys don’t presently have a settled kicker state of affairs, however the competitors doesn’t really feel pressing as of but. Veteran kicker Lirim Hajrullahu and rookie Jonathan Garibay each kicked area objectives throughout Saturday’s particular groups interval, however that is essentially the most work we’ve seen them do thus far.

Maybe the majority of the kicking will include pads, when the offensive and defensive strains can higher simulate an actual setting. As a result of Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy mentioned he does intend to function each kickers this month.

“It’s more number of reps, just making sure both guys have real opportunities,” McCarthy mentioned. “I think the biggest change you’ll see is probably in volume.”

Each guys obtained some strong quantity on Saturday. Hajrullahu had the higher day, connecting on seven of eight kicks, with the lone miss coming from 47 yards. Garibay was much less constant, hitting simply 4 of eight kicks, with most of these misses coming from lengthy vary. It may not have related, however considered one of his misses was at the very least entertaining, because it bounced off the set lights getting used for NFL Community’s stay filming of follow.

Youth motion

The Cowboys secondary is having an exquisite begin to coaching camp. Anthony Brown has simply been one of many stars of the present to date, and each Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis have made their share of performs.

Saturday was an opportunity for a few of the youthful DBs to get in on the motion. The Cowboys did quite a lot of work close to the crimson zone, letting the offense drive towards the purpose line from the 25-yard line. Throughout a number of dozen reps, two younger draft picks, DaRon Bland and Nahshon Wright, managed to make a number of performs on the ball, coming away with three go breakups between them.

“[Bland] is jumping out real good, he’s on his playbook real good,” Brown mentioned. “He don’t say much, but he’s always on his stuff and always on point. Nahshon almost had an interception today. Wish he would’ve came down with it.”

There have been years in Cowboys coaching camp when it felt just like the Cowboys didn’t have a confirmed playmaker amongst their whole secondary. With kids making performs behind a bunch of confirmed starters, it’s unusual to suppose that this group is perhaps an actual power of the roster.

Able to run

Linebacker is without doubt one of the hardest positions to guage throughout an unpadded follow, contemplating the extent of physicality required. What isn’t arduous to evaluate is Jabril Cox’s pace and instincts, as he’s been in a position to race all around the area this week.

For anybody else? So what, it’s life within the NFL. However that’s an enormous step for Cox, who tore his ACL final Halloween and missed the whole offseason program throughout his rehab. It’s common to see a man coming back from ACL surgical procedure take it straightforward within the first week of coaching camp, however that hasn’t been the story for the second-year draft select of LSU.

“I took it personal to get back healthy and get ready for training camp,” Cox mentioned. “I knew during the offseason I needed to work hard to get ahead of schedule.”

There’s a good distance left to go, however Cox undoubtedly seems to be like a man who attacked his rehab. If he assaults his alternatives the identical method, it may imply rather a lot for this linebacker unit.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities, offering every day perception and evaluation on the NFL’s most seen franchise. Previous to becoming a member of FOX, David spent 9 seasons overlaying 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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