Training camp is here!
The Dallas Cowboys arrived in Oxnard, California on Monday evening. On Wednesday, the players will hit the field for the first time.
However, on Tuesday afternoon the Cowboys held their annual “State of the Cowboys’ press conference. The meeting included Jerry Jones, Mike McCarthy, and Stephen Jones, as usual.
There was a lot discussed during this hour-long presentation.
Jerry began this press conference by making it very clear that he believes in coach McCarthy and his ability to lead this team back to the championship. “He would not be sitting here today if I didn’t think he was the man to lead this team to the Super Bowl,” Jerry Jones said. “I have choices. That’s a fact.”
McCarthy also addressed his job status. “I’m going to focus on football. If I’m going to ask them to stay focused, then I’ve got to do the same.”
Jerry also addressed the decision to move on from Amari Cooper, La’el Collins, and Randy Gregory. He emphasized that “availability” was the main reason they decided to move from all three and that those decisions were his decisions. Of course, we all know they wanted Gregory back because they agreed to a contract before Gregory ultimately backed out and signed with the Denver Broncos.
Stephen Jones also chimed in saying that it is time for the younger guys to get playing time. He specifically mentioned Ceedee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Terrence Steele, and Tyler Smith by name.
When asked about the Dalton Schultz contract situation, Stephen said that he expects Schultz to be a Cowboy long-term and that it just didn’t work out right now.
Jabril Cox, Damone Clark, and Gallup will start training camp on the PUP list.
Lastly, Jerry also mentioned that the team is in better shape this season than last season when they reported to camp. Once again, he pointed out coach McCarthy has a big reason for the optimism.
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