Day one of Cowboys mandatory minicamps

Day one of Cowboys mandatory minicamps, read here.

Backup quarterback Kyle Orton missed the session with a hamstring injury, which coach Jason Garrett described as a tweak. Also, inside linebacker Bruce Carter started to practice but couldn’t finish because he also tweaked a hamstring.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins made his return to Valley Ranch and did some rehab work on his shoulder, on which he had surgery in the offseason. Jenkins is progressing in the rehab process but is behind several of his teammates who are returning from surgeries.

Also among the missing:

Morris Claiborne (wrist), Felix Jones (shoulder), Gerald Sensabaugh (knee), Dan Connor (shoulder), Alex Albright (shoulder), Kevin Kowalski (foot), Tyrone Crawford (calf), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hip), Danny Coale (foot), Jay Ratliff (foot) and Sean Lissemore (rib).

* If there was an MVP for the day it would go to Dez Bryant. The third-year wide receiver was all over the field, catching passes from Tony Romo. His most impressive came on a leaping left-handed grab on a bubble screen. That the play picked up all of a couple of yards meant little. It was an impressive play. The best catch was on a back-shoulder throw from Romo, adjusting around the corner to make the play. Unofficially, Bryant had seven catches in the practice.

* Jason Garrett is big on situational play and brought out a late-game situation with the No. 1 offense going against the No. 1 defense. With the defense leading by four points, the offense had four plays to score from the 18 and was unable to come through. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, however, had to remind the defenders to protect the goal line.

* WR Kevin Ogletree had a “wow” moment with a one-handed grab on a deep ball from Romo. It was made better (depending on the perspective) by the fact that it came against Brandon Carr, the Cowboys’ No. 1 corner. It was the first deep-ball reception Carr has allowed this offseason.

* The Cowboys have some running backs on their roster even without Felix Jones practicing. Phillip Tanner continues to show quickness in hitting the holes, and rookie free agent Lance Dunbar has some make-you-miss moves, as well. That will be a good battle to watch in training camp.

* CB Teddy Williams heard it from the coaches when he had a poor reaction to an out-route throw to Andre Holmes. He nearly got beat on the same play on the next snap, but Donavon Kemp let Stephen McGee’s pass slip through his hands.

Teddy Williams. Why? Great work from Dez. Ogletree needs to do a lot more than that catch. Tanner is going to see playing time this season.

Now we got Bruce Carter on the injury list. SMH.

Jerry Jones once again tells us that he won’t be trading Mike Jenkins – Go here.

Of course Jenkins is upset. He thinks he is a starter based on what he did last season and he’s mad you drafted a CB and signed a CB to take the two starting jobs. And Jerry is a snake oil salesman. Someone, probably Stephen, spoke with Rosenhaus and that’s what they were told Jenkins wanted to be traded.

Jenkins can’t even give the media a ‘No Comment’ or a ‘I am not going to talk with the media today’. Instead he walks by them like a child as they ask him questions.

Can you imagine Romo, Ware, Witten or Sean Lee acting like this? No. They would address it like professionals.

Here’s Steve Dennis on 105.3 The Fan talking about the scene in the locker room today…

Dennis on 105.3 The Fan

Once Terrell Owens brought his act to the Cowboys the battle with the media began and it’s stupid because the players on this team love to talk when they are winning. Dennis is exactly right about these players just acting like human beings. Act like a professional.

TMac talks with Smoaky on ESPN 1660am in Waco –

TMac with Smoaky – Part One

TMac with Smoaky – Part Two

I wish Mat McBriar all the best. Sucks that the Cowboys just let him go without giving him an opportunity to compete for the job this summer.

Archer and Watkins from the Minicamp…


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