We've reached the dog days of the NFL offseason, folks. As of this weekend, every team will have parted for summer vacation before returning for training camp. The Dallas Cowboys got an early start in that regard since their final mandatory minicamp practice was last week, so the news cycle has been dull.
It should remain that way for the next couple weeks.
Fans are hopeful a contract extension or two will get finalized before camp, but that's unlikely to happen until right before camp or during.
With Cowboys news few and far between these days, one thing we can do is underline some younger players who made the most of OTAs and minicamp and have picked up some real momentum going into training camp.
3. Eric Scott, CB
Raise your hand if you predicted Eric Scott to be the most discussed and hyped Cowboys rookie draft pick at OTAs and minicamp. Mazi Smith presumably will steal the show among the rookie class once the pads come on at training camp, but that takes nothing away from Scott's offseason.
The 2023 sixth-round pick, whom Dallas traded up to draft, practiced regularly with the first-team defense. Some of that can be attributed to Trevon Diggs missing a few practices and Jourdan Lewis still sidelined from his Lisfranc injury, but it says a lot Scott didn't look overwhelmed practicing with the ones.
Mike McCarthy said Scott has been one of the most impressive rookies. Even Dan Quinn is impressed by the 23-year-old DB.
"When you see a guy wanting the moment to go compete, and balling his fist up and saying, 'I ain't leaving here,''' said Quinn of Scott's attitude on the field. "That's what I'm looking for from the rookies, to have that kind of attitude to say, 'I'm here. I ain't going nowhere.'"
Scott will be tested once the intensity picks up at training camp, but he'll have valuable (and rare) experience for a rookie corner having already lined up against CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup in the early part of the offseason program.