2016 Minicamp/OTAs Summary: What We Learned

Tony Romo

Probably the best news through all of minicamp: Tony Romo’s surgery looked as if it was very successful; he is looking better than ever.

Here is a portion of what Tony Romo went on to say.

“I’m throwing the ball as well as I ever have. I think a lot of that is just based on years of trying to perfect your craft and get to a point where you feel very confident from multiple launch angles”

The Dallas Cowboys season is clearly dependent on their most valuable player Tony Romo. That was made very clear when they won only one of TWELVE contests without him last year. So, he seems to be very healthy at this point.

Running backs

From the looks of things, as expected, it seems that the Dallas Cowboys will be using the running back committee approach to the running game. Even though arguably the most talented running back in the NFL is on the roster in Ezekiel Elliott, there is just too much talent on the roster to not use. Darren McFadden is coming off an extremely productive season in the system where along with Jason Witten, he carried the offense last season averaging nearly 100 yards per game last season as the starting back. And then, Alfred Morris is a very talented back. He had one of the most productive rookie seasons in NFL history. Then FINALLY, Lance Dunbar is possibly the most underrated back in the NFL. He is a guy who can do it all. He was on pace to rack up around 80 catches last season before his brutal early season injury. During minicamp the Dallas Cowboys spilt handoffs between Ezekiel Elliott and Darren McFadden, which kind of verifies that it will be a committee approach. However, it is expected that Ezekiel Elliott will start and have the largest share of carries by a respectable amount.

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A Deep Rotation in Big D

The Case for Charles Tapper and Ryan Russell

Charles Tapper was moved to the right side of the defensive line in OTAs, and ever since then he has looked much more comfortable. He has shown starters promise and he looks to have a pretty sizable role from day one due to the suspensions of Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.

On the other side of the ball, Ryan Russell has made the best of his opportunities at left end. Russell actually saw his fair amount of first team snaps at left end during minicamp due to the catastrophic void at that positron due to Lawrence’s suspension. Russell has not done much during his tenure with Dallas, so this is by far the best news we have heard from him. However, in my opinion he will get overshadowed by the talens of David Irving and Jack Crawford during training camp and he will ultimately win the starting left end spot opposite of Benson Mayowa at right end, along with Tyrone Crawford and Cedric Thornton in the middle, and Jack Crawford being the primary man rotating in at LDE and DT.

Young Rooks at Nike The Opening Training Camp Together in 2012

 

Breaking News Update: Justin Durant Signing

The Dallas Cowboys have brought back former team captain Justin Durant on a one year deal. This moves really help fill the gap left by the suspended Rolando McClain. This move makes a lot of sense for Dallas due to the talent of the roster and them being in “win now” mode. Great signing.

Breaking News Update (July 27th): Dak Prescott Found Not Guilty of DUI, Speeding

This is great news for such a good young man in Dak Prescott who has such high character. Back in March, like a true gentleman he apologized for his actions even when an apology was not owed at all. Class act.

Published by: Nicco Vocaturo

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