A new feature on DallasCowboys.com this training camp is to hand out some Cowboys-themed "gold stars" after each padded practice here in Oxnard. Sunday had a wide range of players on both sides of the ball and even a coach made an appearance on the list.
David Helman: I never would've expected to be writing about Randy Gregory so soon, but here we are. The long-discussed, seldom-seen pass rusher mixed into practice today — and he looked pretty damn good. Gregory probably only got about five total reps working with the defense, and he was held out of pass rush drills. But he looked completely comfortable out there. In the final period of the day, he executed an absolutely beautiful twist stunt and had a free run at Dak Prescott. Had it been a real game, he might've notched a sack. Not a bad start at all.
Mickey Spagnola: There were several choices I could have made for today, from Tavon Austin to Kadeem Edwards to Rico Gathers to Dorance Armstrong. But you know what, this is about how far this guy has come, not necessarily about all he did today. I mean, come on, Randy Gregory was practicing in pads today, taking part in team sessions for the first time since the end of the 2016 season. Who would have thought that back then when he was suspended the entire 2017 season? And in the Blue Period, reserved for the young guys, he would have recorded a sack. Good on him.
Nick Eatman: The Cowboys came into training camp with some serious questions at defensive tackle and even though nothing has been settled yet, players such as Brian Price might be giving the Cowboys a little more excitement in the middle of the line. Price had another strong practice, especially in 1-on-1 drills, where his strength is always on display. Now, he does tend to bully his way into the backfield and has issues when Travis Frederick is on point with his technique. But Price can be a problem for an offensive line, like he was several times in Sunday's practice.
Bryan Broaddus: I can tell you from my experience of studying Bo Scarbrough, he wasn't asked to pass block much at Alabama. After watching him get dumped by Kyle Querio on his first rep - - I understood why. What Querio did to Scarbrough had to put a bad taste in his mouth. Querio knocked him straight on his rear. The next snap wasn't much better with Querio working around the edge and then again on a third time. Scarbrough was throwing a no-hitter but something changed against Tre'von Johnson. Scarbrough's hands and feet were in better position which put Johnson in a bad spot. After the rep, it was as if Scarbrough had unlocked the secret of pass protection and his coach, Gary Brown couldn't have been more proud of him.
Rob Phillips:Defensive end Randy Gregory was in the backfield – often – in his first team-drill work of training camp, getting past Cameron Fleming and Jacob Campos near the end of practice. Gregory still looks quick off the line of scrimmage, but he also has power to his pass-rush skill set. I'm still amazed at how different he looks frame-wise. At 242 pounds, he's added a lot of bulk to his upper-body and carries it well. The Cowboys are pleased with the way he's worked back into practice. And although these aren't full-contact reps, you can see his natural talent out here.
|Player Name||Star of the Day Total|
|Leighton Vander Esch||2|
|Lance Lenoir Jr.||2|