The Dallas Cowboys will be kicking off training camp next week and the long wait from last season will finally be over! Here are five things we’ve learned.
In one week, the long layoff will finally be over. The Dallas Cowboys will be kicking off training camp on Monday, July 24th in Oxnard, California.
Here are a five things we learned about America’s Team prior to the start of camp.
1. Dak Prescott is the new sheriff in town.
Fans that thought maybe Dak wasn’t going to be able to control the locker room got their answer. Not only do the veterans respect Dak, the entire time rallies around him.
2. The NFL media doesn’t know when to quit with Ezekiel Elliott.
It seems like every couple of weeks when ratings are low Zeke’s name pops up in the media. This shouldn’t surprise you. America’s Team is good for ratings, and their star running back is the talk of the league.
Elliott has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Yet the media personalities can’t help themselves and continue to write blasphemy. There has been plenty of attempts to throw trash at the wall and hope it sticks in regards to “stories” about the young tailback.
3. Ryan Switzer is going to be very good.
Many fans didn’t know who Switzer was prior to mini-camps. That changed in a hurry as the slot-receiver lit the defense on fire throughout the spring. Fans should expect a very productive slot option and return man from Switzer.
4. Dez Bryant is back to being a monster
It’s no secret that injuries and a contract dispute have derailed Bryant’s progress the past two years. For the first time in many years Dez was able to participate in an entire off season program, and he looks better for it.
Dez made a bunch of highlight worthy catches in the spring, and it looks like he will be picking up where he left off last season finishing the season strong.
5. The defense will be more aggressive
Dallas’ losses on defense have been well documented and heavily scrutinized. I am of the opinion that they will grow from addition by subtraction. The secondary players that departed were a big part of the problem on defense.
Now they have some young bucks that look capable of turning the ball over. Finally! The secondary will benefit from a change of scenery and youth injection. I expect a much more aggressive bunch.
Throw in Charles Tapper and Jaylon Smith and this defense is going to be much younger, and additional have more talent than years past.
As the beginning of the new season dawns, the hard work of months past will be on full display next week. Training camp is an opportunity to grow, and is the first leg of the journey towards a championship.