IRVING, Texas – The quiet halls that had been the norm lately at Valley Ranch ended Thursday afternoon. That’s when more than 40 players – mostly rookies – made their way to the Cowboys’ facility in preparation for this weekend’s two-day minicamp.
Weather permitting, the Cowboys will practice twice a day both Friday and Saturday at Valley Ranch.
In the past, the minicamp has occurred the weekend immediately following the draft. The Cowboys joined several other teams around the league that are now moving it back, which allows many of the rookies to stay in the area and continue working out, getting familiar with the area/organization.
Thursday’s arrival included the players taking physicals, vision tests and taking headshots for the in-house media and public relations department. More than anything, it’s a chance for this rookie class to build some chemistry.
“I think this weekend is really important,” said center
The minicamp will be without pads as usual, which means there are certain players, Frederick in particular, who might have a hard time showcasing their full talents in this setting.
“For me, I just want to get the jitters out,” Webb said. “But coming in to a new scene – I just want to meet the new guys, learn the playbooks and have a good time out there.”
“I feel accomplished being here,” said Wilcox, a third-round pick from Georgia Southern. “It feels great to come back here. I’m excited about getting out there (Friday).
Wilcox is considered a physical player, but said there are things he can show his new coaches this weekend.
“Know my keys, my plays and my assignments,” he said. “I want to make sure I line up where I’m supposed to be at all times. Being physical is one aspect, but also the mental aspect is a main thing in the NFL. I think I can bring that to my game. I want to show I can be physical and mental out there.”
Williams, who grew up in Dallas and has been a lifelong Cowboys fan, said it’s a dream to be here with the team.
“It feels good to keep coming back to a place you feel wanted,” said Williams, a third-round wide receiver from Baylor. “I’m getting to meet some good people here. It’s starting to feel like home here. My plan is to come in and do as little talking as I can but show what I’m capable of on the field. I want to show what I can bring to this team. This will be a good jumpstart to this whole experience.”
“They know what I can do,” Randle said. “I’m going to let them do their job. I trust them 100 percent.”
Randle said he expects the cast to be off in about six weeks and doesn’t anticipate it being an issue for the start of training camp.
The minicamp will consist of two quarterbacks –
Here’s the list of players participating in this weekend’s minicamp:
First-Year Eligible Players:
Nick Stephens, QB, Tarleton State
Ron Leary, G, Memphis
Charlie Bryant, G, Memphis
Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Undrafted Free Agents:
Spencer Benton, P, Clemson
Dalton Williams, QB, Akron
Greg Hurd, WR, Eastern Washington
Eric Rogers, WR, Cal-Lutheran
Kendial Lawrence, RB, Missouri
Xaiver Brewer, CB, Clemson
Jeff Heath, S, Saginaw Valley State
Dustin Harris, CB, Wisconsin
Jakar Hamilton, S, South Carolina State
Deon Lacey, LB, West Alabama
Cameron Lawrence, LB, Mississippi State
Taylor Reed, LB, SMU
Paul Freedman, TE, Virginia
Anthony Amos, WR, Middle Tennessee State
Edwan Coughman, OT, Shaw
Everett Daniels, LB, Houston
D.J. Hall, G, Texas State
Micah James, G, Middle Tennessee State
Nick Johnson, DT, Baylor
Jerome Long, DE, San Diego State
Darrin Moore, WR, Texas Tech
James Nelson, OT, UTEP
Tremayne Scott, DE, Ohio
Jessee Smitherman, LS, Texas Tech
Adrien Spencer, CB, Bowling Green
B.J. Stewart, TE, Cumberland
DiMetrio Tyson, DT, Jacksonville State