Dallas Cowboys: 3 quick post-minicamp thoughts
The 2019 Dallas Cowboys generated buzz during last week’s minicamp. Here are three thoughts on the Super Bowl contenders. Yes, I said contenders.
The Dallas Cowboys worked their way through minicamp last week. As with any camp, there are new faces and some old ones back in the lineup. And, of course, some of the breaking news happened outside the huddle.
Quarterback Dak Prescott is looking over his shoulder towards Philadelphia Eagles’ passer Carson Wentz, who received a four-year, $128 million contract extension. Ezekiel Elliott might be in some legal trouble, handing Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell a target to look at. Tight end Jason Witten rejoins the Cowboys as he looks to get back into football shape.
There are some good points to highlight as well. Here are three quick thoughts post-2019 minicamp.
All walk, no talk for Mr. Cooper
The Dallas Cowboys are no strangers when it comes to having personalities at the wide receiver position. Dez Bryant. Terrell Owens. Michael Irvin.
But Amari Cooper? He’s something different, isn’t he? A guy sporting different stripes. For one thing, his jersey number doesn’t run in the ’80s, so there’s that too.
Cooper recently told Michael Irvin that he only needed seven to eight catches a game. Number 19 doesn’t need a ton of targets, according to the former number 88. How incredible is this guy!
Two faces immediately pop into my mind. Keyshawn Johnson. Odell Beckham Jr. Receivers want the ball; they need their touches. But here is Cooper, a Dallas Cowboy, who is letting the world know he can do more with less.
Let me tell you, the happiest folks to hear this are Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Prescott and newly minted offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will have options to spread the ball without any animosity. Also, with rookie running back Tony Pollard taking some touches, I think Elliott will be a destructor for teams as a receiver out of the backfield.
All of this starts with a great attitude from number 19. Good times. A good era. A new era for the receivers group in Big D.
Rico Gathers fighting for a spot
With the return of Jason Witten, who turned 37 last month, the 53-man roster is getting tight at the tight end position. Of course, Rico Gathers didn’t do himself any favors after getting suspended for one game for marijuana possession.
The Dallas Cowboys have been high on the sixth-rounder. He’s been a project to replace Witten, but now the tight end room is crowded with Witten, Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz.
Gathers had only three receptions last year. So, even if the talented Rico Gathers doesn’t play for the Cowboys, they aren’t missing much.
The return of Allen Hurns
Wide receiver Allen Hurns is back on the field. Remember him? Whatever you do, don’t google his devastating injury that took place during the wild-card game last January. Hurns is working back towards 100 percent, and running routes again is the beginning of his journey.
The wide receiver room isn’t set in stone, but if Hurns returns to form he’ll be another viable threat on the field. Regardless, it’s great to see No. 17 upright and roaming the field again. Let us know your minicamp highlights in the comment section below!