Five week layover for the Dallas Cowboys


Mandatory Mini-Camp has ended the offseason activities as the Dallas Cowboys experience a five week lay-off until they officially report to training camp on July 30th,  in Oxnard, California.

During this layoff, the players must demonstrate their professionalism and act like grown business men.  The front office  will make each player accountable for their actions during the five weeks.  This is no time for foolish behavior.  This team must follow the leaders to reach their lofty goals for 2017.

Five players to lead the team into 2017

Going into Oxnard the Cowboys look poised to determine just who will be starting the season, even before training camp begins.


Dan Bailey will lead the kicking game.  Both kickers, Bailey and Chris Jones are superior athletes.  The Cowboys will depend on both kickers to be as good as they were in 2016.

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Dak Prescott has grown over the off-season and it has shown in his improvements during the OTA’s and mini-camp.  Nobody is as critical of Dak’s game as Dak is.   He worked hard last season to lead the team and this year will be his year.  If not for having Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, Dak would most likely lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns this season.

Cedric Thornton led all defensive linemen in playing time last season.  Look for that to be the way training camps begins, with Cedric taking the snaps at the one technique.  Being his second season with Rod Marinelli, look for Thornton to improve; however,  his competition will not back down.


Jaylon Smith will not be gifted the job at the Mike position.  While it is widely expected that Jaylon will begin as the starter, Anthony Hitchens, who started all 16 games last season, is chomping at the bit to keep his job.  Hitchens has played his best football in these mini-camps and this must continue throughout training camp if he expects to capture playing time in  the middle.


Number five is rookie Chidobe Awuzie who has been given Tony Dorsett’s old number, 33.  This young man is a special kind of athlete.  He is a lot like Byron Jones in his ability to adapt and play any of the defensive backfield positions.  He is neither intimidated nor confused on his coverage schemes.  One other thing about Chidobe, he can hit.

The Front Office

It is no doubt that Jerry Jones owns this team.  Fortunately, he has the good sense to let go off some of the authority that led to failure in the past.  With minor exceptions, he has allowed Steven Jones and Will McClay to bring in the “Right kind of Guys” while allowing Jason Garrett to run the team each game day for 60 minutes-without rushing down onto the field.

This is the most complete team head coach Jason Garrett has had to start a training camp.  There is no panic alert because we need to find a back-up quarterback or defensive lineman.

With the five week layoff, we shall see who intends to be a contributing member of the Dallas Cowboys,   On July 30th, the games begin for roster spots for real.  Stay tuned, this is going to be another excitement filled season for our Cowboys.


Aftermath of the 2017 Dallas Cowboys’ OTA’s


Here are the results for the Aftermath, Fallout and some Praise for the 2017 Dallas Cowboys OTA’s held in Frisco, Texas at the Star.  Bear in mind, that these OTA’s are voluntary.


There are certain veterans that will be starting on September 10, barring injuries.


Dak Prescott no longer has to look over his shoulder at Tony Romo (one bad play and out of the game).  His dedication along with another off season to prefect his footwork will allow Dak to play even better football in 2017.

Jason Witten will return for his 15th season.


Dez Bryant will have his best season in three years.

Terrance Williams will be starting along with Cole Beasley.

Zeke will run over more secondary players.

The offensive line will remain the best in the league with La’el Collins moving outside to right tackle.


Rod Marinelli is smiling more.  With all the options he now has to work with on defense, this unit will improve again this season.


Sean Lee,  Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick are the only defenders penciled in not to share their jobs.


David Irving has lost a potential starting job on the defensive line with a failed drug test.  Sound familiar?  This is getting old.  Irving shall be suspended for the first four regular season games.  How disappointing this is to all of the Cowboys’ Nation.

Cornerback Nolan Carrol seems to believe his is above the team rules.  Although Carrol is a grown man, his made a childish decision not to use the provided Uber service  after drinking, casting doubt on his availability to open the season in place of departed Brandon Carr.

Apologies are NOT enough.  These two men need to step up and voluntarily serve some extra community services for the damage they have caused to the organization.

Mark Nzeocha has suffered another injury requiring his knee to be scoped.  It will take several weeks to recover from this.  Mark has had nearly all bad luck in Dallas, as far as injuries go.

“Some” Praise

The percentage of players to participate in this season’s OTA’s shows the dedication to the TEAM.

If Jonathan Cooper is able to capture the starting left guard position, the Cowboys will have five potential first round players starting on the offensive line.  Collins would have been a definite first round pick had he not be dragged into a murder investigation.  This will be a very interesting position battle at left guard.  Joe Looney and Emmett Cleary are ready to challenge for playing time.

Will McClay and his crew did another fine job of bringing in some talent during and after the draft.


All the secondary players that were brought in to replace Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, are projected to be better than the departed players, with the exception of Church.  it will be hard to replace his 100 tackles per season; however, Jaylon Smith will solve at least half of those tackles.


Damontre Moore is going to surprise a lot of people this season,  His motor runs fast and he has the tools to steal a starting job on the defense.

Sure, you may make the point, a lot of these new faces are without NFL game experience, but remember, the core of this team is the returning leaders on both sides of the ball.   The coaches will have the new guys up to speed before the start of the regular season, with some kind of idea about the defensive line rotation.

The “Aftermath” of all this off season will show up on the field this coming season and this team is determined that home field advantage will not be the end of the season in 2017.

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