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. Wednesday featured four votes for the same player for the first time this camp.
Rob Phillips:With each practice, Randy Gregory looks more comfortable and more competitive out there. He's now getting some one-on-one pass rush drill reps, and that's where you can isolate him and see his skills. He's so explosive off the line of scrimmage. It's really something to see. But the thing that keeps impressing me is how he's developed his upper body and added weight while away from the team. That should help him hold up through the course of the season.
Nick Eatman: If you have any questions who the best and most consistent linemen on this team, all you need to do is watch these 1-on-1 pass-rush drills that involve Zack Martin. Today, in a highly-competitive compete drill that started with Tyron Smith and Dorance Armstrong and then transitioned to La'el Collins and DeMarcus Lawrence. By the time Martin got a turn to block Daniel Ross, it was rather heated as the entire team looked on. Martin made sure no one got close to the quarterback as he overpowered Ross more than once, pushing him back into his teammates to prove just how dominant he can be.
Bryan Broaddus: It doesn't happen often, but tip of the cap to Randy Gregory getting around Tyron Smith twice in a span of three plays during team period. Smith's pass set wasn't poor it was just Gregory's first step that gave him problems. Once Gregory was able to get to that shoulder, he did the smart thing to dip which kept Smith's hands off him. With no hitting surface, Smith was never able to slow down Gregory's rush which resulted in the sacks.
David Helman:In the blink of an eye, Randy Gregory had turned the corner and "downed" Dak Prescott for a sack. It happened so fast that Prescott didn't even bother to throw the ball. To be perfectly frank, I did a double-take and assumed Gregory had beaten Cam Fleming on the rep. Nope — it was Tyron Smith. If I was still doubting, Gregory confirmed it for me two reps later, when he blew past Smith again and helped Jihad Ward for another sack. I'm trying hard to temper my expectations, but Gregory has been impressive from the moment the Cowboys put him on the field.
Mickey Spagnola: How can we pick anyone else other than Randy Gregory? He was a beast. Didn't matter if he was going up against Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith or his backups. Nor did it matter which side he was rushing from. His knee bend is incredible, especially for a guy who hasn't played any football in a game since the final game of the 2016 season, Jan. 1, 2017. And at one point toward the end of practice in team, he registered three sacks in three straight plays. Hope we get to see him Saturday night against the Bengals at AT&T Stadium.
|Player Name||Star of the Day Total|
|Leighton Vander Esch||2|
|Lance Lenoir Jr.||2|