Not a lot helpful emerges from the primary few practices of Dallas Cowboys coaching camp. They actually ease into issues. That pattern is definitely extra pronounced this summer season because the group is foregoing the conditioning take a look at it used to administer after Chauncey Golston misplaced time final 12 months due to a freak harm whereas taking it. Instead the group had an agility exercise. So though we are anticipating significant information and details about the group, it’s going to be a bit earlier than it develops.
But it’s going to come, and none too quickly. Usually we assume we have a reasonably good deal with on the group going into the camp, though we typically discover out we have been removed from the reality. This 12 months most acknowledge there’s a murkiness in regards to the Cowboys. That means there are a ton of issues we hope to study within the coming weeks. Here are some which can be notably fascinating.
Will Stephen Jones have to dip into the dry powder?
Multiple positions on the group could not have all of the solutions already on the roster. Those embrace vast receiver, linebacker, and offensive deal with. Wide receiver is probably the most unsure place past CeeDee Lamb (Dallas did simply add KaVontae Turpin), and linebacker depth relies extra on assumptions about Jabril Cox than something. But crucial factor to work out could also be who backs up Tyron Smith and Terence Steele at OT. It appears inevitable that Smith will miss not less than a number of video games. Keeping Dak Prescott wholesome is by far crucial factor for achievement in Dallas. Having to rely upon a very dangerous backup on his blind facet sends shivers down the backbone.
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Right now, the depth gamers on the place are all a bunch of unknowns qualities. Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko, Isaac Alarcon, and Amon Simon make up most of that group, they usually all have one factor in frequent: Zero NFL taking part in expertise. The solely non-starter with any precise taking part in time is Aviante Collins, who has a grand complete of 5 video games with one start in his profession. During the opening press convention, Jones as soon as once more defined to us how he had to look to future years and upcoming contracts by salting away a lot wage cap house. It could lead to disappointment, however Jones has insisted that the group remains to be taking a look at free agent choices. Swing deal with is one downside they undoubtedly need to resolve, though they may elect to have separate backups for either side. The pickings are fairly slim, however they may wait till different groups make cuts to lastly handle this.
With all three of the positions talked about, it seems the group nonetheless hopes to discover its options from inside, however as we noticed with Malik Hooker final 12 months, the precise participant can inspire them to act. At the very least, count on to see some gamers coming in for exercises to not less than strive to slender the choices.
Where’s Tyler Smith?
One different resolution for deal with depth can be to embrace this 12 months’s first-round choose as an choice to kick out. Some consider that is how the workers needs to method it, however I demur. Not solely does that imply he would have to work at two totally different positions whereas attempting to alter to the NFL, it will in all probability deliver Connor McGovern into the combo because the left guard when Smith kicks out. Relying on McGovern whereas making a double transfer simply appears a nasty thought.
It shouldn’t be out of the query, nevertheless. The group will in all probability tip their hand on this. If Smith strains up solely at guard throughout practices, he shouldn’t be anticipated to be within the deal with combine. But if he’s getting reps on the latter place, it should present the group is conserving that choice open. Timing issues, too. They may give it a whirl early in camp, however again off because the common season approaches. In any case, that is one thing to watch intently.
Which receivers get the chemistry going?
With Michael Gallup beginning camp on PUP as anticipated, there can be extra alternatives for the myriad of hopefuls that need to make the group as a receiver, and that features tight finish as properly. An enormous issue is changing into a goal that Prescott trusts. It is usually a bit laborious to inform, however that is true of a variety of issues throughout camp. It appears easy to depend what number of balls go to every receiver, however the down and distance conditions and protection additionally play an element. Still, it’s telling when a large receiver has a streak of catches in observe. If they’ll stack days like that, good issues can ensue.
It is a bit early for roster projections, however they may seemingly carry six on the roster. We know they’re going to lean on Jalen Tolbert to step up. Noah Brown will get a variety of alternatives and has a sure measure of belief from his years with the group. So will James Washington, however that can be extra as a result of Stephen Jones will need to be confirmed proper in signing him. Semi Fehoko is in a extra perilous state of affairs regardless of his draft standing. It additionally looks as if a very good 12 months for a UDFA to break by means of. They definitely have a lot to consider. This is solid in ice cream on a sizzling Texas day, however count on Lamb, Tolbert, and Brown to be the highest three, with Washington at WR4. Fehoko hangs onto a spot and a type of many UDFAs rounds out the group till Gallup is prepared to return. That might change although if KaVontae Turpin reveals he’s too beneficial as a KR/WR combo to move on. He might slide in because the sixth.
Over at tight finish, it’s going to be a battle between Jake Ferguson, Jeremy Sprinkle and Sean McKeon for the TE2/TE3 job behind Dalton Schultz. Ferguson shouldn’t be a lock for something but. They seemingly received’t carry 4, so that is going to a struggle to not be the odd man out.
Who are we saddling with an excessive amount of expectation?
It occurs yearly. Players get overhyped with out justification. There are a number of, however listed below are some already getting this remedy.
Lots of people assume Jabril Cox goes to not solely assist resolve the LB depth downside, however can be difficult Leighton Vander Esch on the depth chart. He didn’t give us a lot motive to assume so final 12 months as he fought harm and solely appeared in seven video games, nearly solely on particular groups. There is a variety of projection right here based mostly on his faculty profession. He is due for a tougher path, and can seemingly be largely a ST contributor once more this 12 months.
Kelvin Joseph confirmed a bit extra, beginning two video games out of the ten he performed. Still, it was restricted publicity, though that was in all probability extra as a result of the workers had a lot religion in Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis. The beginning corners have a tendency to keep on the sector so much for the Cowboys. Like with Cox, Joseph goes to be on the roster if wholesome due to the funding of draft capital, however he’s one other who’s going to have to work ST so much.
One factor Dallas followers do yearly is persuade themselves that later-round draft picks are going to shine. I’ve already talked about Ferguson as a candidate for this, and Waletzko is one other. Both are going to be combating to stick on the 53-man roster relatively than start out the 12 months on the observe squad. A glance again reveals us that the Cowboys miss on a few of these sorts of rookies yearly. Numbers alone argue that this pair are each susceptible for that, but they’ve lots of people who appear to count on they may make the group with no issues. Choose warning.