OXNARD, Calif. – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke with reporters on Saturday afternoon, following his team's day off on Friday.
The Cowboys are getting back into the swing of training camp this weekend, with practices on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's practice will also feature some of the only live contact of camp.
Here are some notes from Saturday's press conference:
- Sean Lee is expected to do "something" at practice on Saturday. The veteran linebacker has not mixed into the contact portions of practice since the pads came on, as the team wants to limit the wear-and-tear on their All-Pro. It remains to be seen what "something" entails, but Garrett has long maintained that Lee will slowly ease his way into the action.
- Garrett outlined what Saturday's goal line reps will look like: "We'll have a short yardage period at the same tempo we've been working out, but the goal line period -- four plays with the ones, four plays with the twos -- we'll give them a chance to come off the ball and try to make a touchdown and give the other guys a chance to stop them."
- Garrett described "goal line opportunities" as inside the two-yard line, which lends credence to his point that NFL teams typically only run 15-20 goal line plays per season. With that in mind, it's important for the Cowboys' coaching staff to give their players some added reps in that situation.
- The Cowboys are hopeful several of their injury concerns will return to practice on Saturday. Garrett said Deonte Thompson and Chris Covington will not practice. Thompson is recovering from an Achilles strain, while Covington is working his way back from a bout of bronchitis.
- Allen Hurns, Charles Tapper and Marcus Martin are notable veterans who have missed recent practices. It remains to be seen if they'll return to the field on Saturday.