Cowboys News: Dallas makes change at kicker, Dak Prescott extension, Luke Schoonmaker

  • A kicker change two weeks into camp is never good 
  • Is a Dak Prescott extension on the horizon? 
  • Luke Schoonmaker is finally back
Jul 31, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brandon Aubrey (1) during training camp
Jul 31, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brandon Aubrey (1) during training camp / Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

It's not often that a fan base gets to say "I told you so" to an organization, but that's exactly where Dallas Cowboys fans sit two weeks into training camp.

On Monday, the Cowboys parted company with kicker Tristan Vizcaino after a dreadful performance over the weekend in Oxnard. Vizcaino went 22-of-35 in the first eight practices of training camp, including a 4-of-8 showing on Saturday that culminated with four straight misses from inside 40 yards.

This leaves Brandon Aubrey as the only kicker on the roster. While the Cowboys are high on the former USFL standout, his presence doesn't inspire much confidence. He has been better than Vizcaino, but that's not saying much.

Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that the team is "excited" about Aubrey, but remains open for business in terms of signing a veteran.

Cowboys News: Tristan Vizcaino released, Dak Prescott extension buzz, Luke Schoonmaker

It's perhaps the most predictable "I told you so" in recent memory.

And don't reach too much into McCarthy's comments. The Cowboys will sign someone as competition for Aubrey. That somebody doesn't need to be in camp. It's possible the team will use this week and Saturday's preseason opener against the Jaguars as an audition for Aubrey to win the job, or at least remain in consideration for the starting gig.

In other Cowboys news, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported the team and Dak Prescott have had preliminary talks about a contract extension.

It's unlikely an agreement is reached this offseason, but extending Prescott is the clearest path to lowering his $59.45 million cap hit for next year. With extensions looming for CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons, expect Prescott to ink a new deal with the franchise sooner or later.

To end on another positive note, 2023 second-round pick Luke Schoonmaker was activated off the non-football injury list Monday.

Schoonmaker's lingering foot injury had fans worried and tempering their expectations for his rookie year, but getting activated allows him to practice for the remaining two weeks of camp and play a big role in preseason if he gets up to speed with the playbook.

Schoonmaker's return will require a ramp-up period, per McCarthy, but fans should expect him back to full speed -- or close to it -- by the end of the week. His return will bring added competition to a tight end room that's collectively performed well in Oxnard.

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