SAN ANTONIO --Head coach Jason Garrett has moved up the players' mandatory off day from Wednesday to Tuesday.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement guidelines that focus on player safety, the players are required one off day per week during training camp. And despite some post-lockout rust, Garrett has liked his team's conditioning and effort.
The New League Year is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, when new contracts become official and free agent signings (Doug Free, Marcus Spears, etc.) can begin practicing. Teams are hoping the CBA can be fully ratified before then.
"There's a slight possibility that some of the veteran players who were signed as free agents might be able to practice before Thursday, so we wanted to take advantage of that if that were to happen," Garrett said. "Second, we've been practicing really hard and well. The tempo of our practices is really fast, we're getting a lot of plays of walkthrough in the morning and then a lot of plays run in the afternoon.
We have extended individual periods; the young guys are getting a lot of work. So we're out there a long time, and guys are going about it the right way. It's far from perfect, but the approach is really good."