Another day, another fight at Dallas Cowboys training camp. This one didn’t get so much out of hand that the combatants were sent to the locker room in a form of a timeout, as happened Sunday.
But it was another indication that the Cowboys are ready to face another team. Overall, the practice was sloppy with a number of dropped passes, prompting coach Jason Garrett to tell the team in a post-practice meeting that their energy was lacking.
Of course, it also was a practice with a number of high-energy, high-intensity veterans taking a rest day in tight end Jason Witten, receiver Dez Bryant, running back Darren McFadden, linebacker Sean Lee, linebacker Jaylon Smith, defensive end Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
All but McFadden are considered the chippiest and most intense players on the team.
Here are the five thoughts from practice:
1. The drops were uncharacteristic on offense as they came from receivers Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott’s drop negated what would have been a long gainer. There were a number of incomplete passes between Dak Prescott and his receivers.
2. Williams did have a nice touchdown reception from Prescott in 7-on-7 drills. It followed a contested catch for a touchdown by Brice Butler. Butler has not had a drop in training camp. He must keep his level of play high, because Andy Jones and Noah Brown have had nice camps as well.
3. The biggest fight on Monday was between rookie receiver Lance Lenoir and second-year cornerback Sammy Seamster. This one didn’t warrant an ejection, but Seamster did launch three punches to Lenoir’s midsection.
4. Keep an eye on running back Rod Smith. He ripping off big runs in practice. He has already moved ahead of Alfred Morris on the depth chart. Ronnie Hillman made a nice move and reception in a one-on-one compete drill that drew praise from running backs coach Gary Brown.
5. The Cowboys worked on combo pass-rush drills, and there may not be a more powerful twosome than right tackle La’el Collins and right guard Zack Martin. Watching these two pass off defenders and throw them to the ground was a thing of beauty.
Quote of the day
“It’s going to be a special weekend. It’s been a really a special time for Mr. Jones and his family and for everybody in our organization. My experience has been when I’ve been around players who have gone into the Hall of Fame, it’s certainly incredible for them but everybody takes a little bit of ownership of it. Teammates I’ve had, coaches I’ve been around and certainly Mr. Jones, anybody who has been a part of the Dallas Cowboys over the last 27-plus years, there’s a feeling like we’re all a part of it. I know how the coaches who have coached for him and the players who have played for him, everybody feels that way.” — Coach Jason Garrett on Jerry Jones’ Hall of Fame induction
DT Maliek Collins (hip flexor): Day to day.
OL Chaz Green (shoulder): Out a couple of weeks after Sunday injury.
WR Ryan Switzer (hamstring): Expected to be ready after HOF game.
CB Jourdan Lewis (hamstring): Day to day.
DE David Irving (ankle): Day to day.
LB Justin Durant (Non-football injury): Day to day.
Thursday vs. Arizona (NBC)*, 7 p.m.
Aug. 12 at Los Angeles Rams (NFL Network), 8 p.m.
Aug. 19 vs. Indianapolis (NFL Network), 6 p.m.
Aug. 26 vs. Oakland, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 at Houston, 7 p.m.
* Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio