The Dallas Cowboys are currently in their first of a five-week window when they don’t have any scheduled practices. Of course, that’s the standard for every team following the conclusion of organized team activities and minicamp.
By all accounts, the Cowboys entered summer break in high spirits.
After all, Dak Prescott was arguably the team’s most impressive offensive performer. Nearly two years removed from his devastating ankle injury and fully recovered from the calf and shoulder injuries that slowed him down last campaign, the 28-year-old quarterback should enter training camp with zero limitations.
We won’t run through the entire roster. In terms of other notable takeaways, Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs set the tone on the defensive side of the ball and rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith covered himself in glory during spring practices while splitting time at left tackle and left guard.
Let’s hope the five-week break doesn’t impede Smith’s momentum. If anything, the rookie lineman needs training camp to get here.
Luckily for Smith, we now know the Cowboys will report to Oxnard for training camp on July 26, per a press release from the NFL.
The Cowboys’ 2022 training camp dates have arrived.
Per the release, the Cowboys’ rookies and veterans will arrive simultaneously on July 26. This is pretty significant. For context, the Giants’ rookies will report to camp exactly a week earlier than the team’s veterans. Other clubs like the Packers and Buccaneers have a few days separating the report dates of rookies and veterans.
There isn’t a ton of things left on Dallas’ offseason agenda, but we’ll know before training camp whether the front office and tight end Dalton Schultz have hammered out an extension. The Cowboys have until July 15 to work out a long-term contract with Schultz. If not, he’ll make a fully-guaranteed $11 million under the franchise tag. A long-term deal feels unlikely at this juncture, but stranger things have happened.
With the entire roster getting through OTAs and minicamp unscathed in the injury department, the Cowboys are unlikely to sign anyone before camp. Anthony Barr, Chris Harris Jr., Ereck Flowers, Julio Jones, TY Hilton and Justin Houston are just some of a long list of veterans still braving free agency.
With positions like guard, linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver lacking depth, perhaps the front office will bring in one of these players for a tryout. Whatever happens, July 15 (for Schultz’s purposes) and July 26 are the dates to bookmark here.
Once training camp gets underway, the countdown to preseason will commence. Fittingly enough, the Cowboys’ first two preseason games will come on the west coast: at the Broncos on Aug. 13 and at the Chargers on Aug. 20, so they won’t have to do much traveling from Oxnard depending on how long they packed for.