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. Saturday had a wide range of players on both sides of the ball and even a coach made an appearance on the list.
David Helman: It's hard for an offensive lineman to make a big impression in a non-contact practice, but Connor Williams sure did seem to stand out on Saturday night. He laid a big block on Sean Lee during Lee's first rep back in live practice. He also got called in front of the team during Compete Period, where he got the upper hand on Daniel Ross in two out of three reps. After practice, Williams kept working, as he spent 15 minutes working one-on-one with Zack Martin. Not a bad day for the rookie.
Mickey Spagnola: The kid just keeps catching pass after pass after pass, so can't go wrong with putting that Star of the Day label on Lance Lenior Jr. Look, the guy had a nice preseason performance against the Niners, then he comes back out here in the next padded practice and stands out again in team and seven-on-seven. And once again makes another sideline, toe-tapping, diving catch during the team drill. Telling you, he is muscling his way onto this roster, causing either the Cowboys to keep seven receivers or costing someone their job if it's six.
Nick Eatman: You're starting to see the lights come on more and more for Leighton Vander Esch. The rookie linebacker not only had an interception in the team period down in the red zone, but he had other nice breakups in 7 on 7 drills. He's certainly not without some struggles here in this first camp, but Saturday was another example just how he's starting find the football more and more.
Bryan Broaddus: It's been an awfully long time but Randy Gregory finally got to practice. There was nothing earth shattering about it, he was in full pads and he was part of the drills. I am not going to sit here and try to explain his journey but I will say I never thought I would have seen this day. Randy Gregory has been given another to chance to not only get his life in order but to once again play football. Like Jaylon Smith has proven me wrong, Randy Gregory is likely to do the same which I absolutely have no problem with.
Rob Phillips: Lance Lenoir Jr. continues to impress. In red zone seven-on-seven drills, he stretched out for a touchdown catch in basically the same spot he caught the touchdown from Cooper Rush against the 49ers: left corner of the end zone. Earlier in practice he made an acrobatic, contested catch on a deep ball from Dak Prescott. He's not getting as much attention as some of the Cowboys' new receivers, but he's been one of the most consistent wideouts in camp.
|Player Name||Star of the Day Total|
|Leighton Vander Esch||2|
|Lance Lenoir Jr.||2|