FRISCO, Texas — On Tuesday, a portion of the Dallas Cowboys‘ group will fly to California for the beginning of training camp. On Wednesday, proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones, government vp Stephen Jones and coach Mike McCarthy will maintain a state of the group information convention. On Thursday, the gamers shall be on the apply area in Oxnard, California.
The await the 2021 NFL season is about to finish.
“Pumped up,” Stephen Jones stated.
During their organized group actions and minicamp this offseason, the Cowboys noticed quarterback Dak Prescott appear to be he had no unwell results from the compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle that he suffered within the fifth recreation of the 2020 season. While offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and La’el Collins didn’t play a recreation collectively in 2020 and weren’t concerned in aggressive components of spring practices, Jones stated they are going to be able to go.
There are some questions on how a lot large receiver Amari Cooper (ankle), defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence (again) and defensive deal with Trysten Hill (knee) will do early on throughout training camp, however Stephen Jones doesn’t anticipate prolonged absences for any of them or some other gamers who’re coming off harm.
“We are going to be careful,” Stephen Jones stated. “We are going to ease into it with any one of them. If anybody who might need a little bit [of time], we are not going to rush into it because it’s a journey. We feel everybody will be ready to roll.”
The Cowboys have missed the playoffs the previous two seasons, ending a disappointing 6-10 in McCarthy’s first season, however curiosity stays excessive, with Prescott’s return among the many greatest storylines of the NFL season.
His return will face much more scrutiny with the Cowboys being featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
Dallas is the primary group to seem on the sequence for a 3rd time, and Stephen Jones confirmed the Cowboys didn’t ask to be chosen.
“Jerry was at the league meetings and we kind of got informed we were doing it,” Stephen Jones stated. “It wasn’t really a lot of asking. It is great for the league.”
It may not be one of the best of circumstances for the Cowboys to have a lot consideration placed on them, however the group is taking an even bigger-image view on the influence of promoting the model after a 12 months during which followers have been restricted or not allowed to attend video games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stephen A. Smith explains why he is excited that the Cowboys shall be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this season.
“All these things leading up to the season are huge, whether it’s minicamps and OTAs, whether it’s training camp, whether it’s ‘Hard Knocks,’ whether it’s preseason games, all the things that go with this, I think is a big part of our game,” Stephen Jones stated. “It’s a natural buildup to get our fans fired up about going to our football games. Obviously our world has been through a lot with the pandemic. You can’t just assume you’re going to flip the switch and everything is going to be fine.
“We really feel loads of buildup, together with ‘Hard Knocks,’ is an effective factor to get individuals fired up about reconnecting and rolling.”
The Cowboys first appeared on “Hard Knocks,” in 2002 and finished 5-11 that season. Their second appearance came in 2008 and they missed the postseason with a 9-7 record with an uber-talented team that was done in partly because of locker room turmoil.
“At the top of the day, you bought to go to work. You received to go execute. You need to have the whole lot come collectively, have your management, have your tradition proper and go win soccer video games,” Stephen Jones said. “Just a little little bit of that comes with the Cowboys. You are at all times going to be within the limelight if you end up with this group. That is a part of it. At the top of the day, we imagine — though clearly it hasn’t performed out for us in fairly a while proper now — it will likely be actually good for us.
“It can add a hardness and have us ready. I have a lot of confidence in this team with Dak leading it. He’s special. … You put him in place and get this offensive line group healthy. Heck, our whole group is ready to make a statement and take the next step.”