Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Jaylon Smith is still trying to get back to 100% after a devastating knee injury in college that would raise a number of questions about if he could ever return to playing football again.
Smith has looked faster, improved, and has been one of the more consistent defensive performers during Cowboys’ training camp, and his coaches have taken notices.
“It’s fast,” Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I mean, you can see it. His movement and everything is good, but you can see he knows what he’s doing and that really quickens you up. He’s done a great job of studying and all those things, so that is helping him look faster, and he’s getting healthier and healthier every day.”
The regeneration of the peroneal nerve has allowed Smith to play without a brace that he had to play with all last season.
“He seems more natural, more instinctive, changing direction,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “You have to be spontaneous when you play. You set things up and you have different responsibilities, but ultimately once the play starts, you don’t really know what’s going to happen, and the best players are able to seamlessly go from one direction to another direction and do what they need to do to make a play. We saw a lot of that in college and I think we’re seeing more and more of that now, once he’s taken that brace off.”
Marinelli has gleamed about Smith’s natural ability to get to the quarterback.
“I love it,” Smith stated. “It’s what I do. I’m very good at having that gift and we’re getting a chance to use it this year.”
Cowboys’ Tavon Austin Wants To Bring a Super Bowl Title to Dallas
Austin listed bringing a Super Bowl championship to Dallas as one of his goals moving forward.
“I just want to win. I’ve been the No.1 receiver, I’ve been the No. 2 receiver, I’ve been when they don’t classify me as a receiver” Austin said, according to The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins.
“I just want to win and help a team do my part, make some plays and have some fun and bring a Super Bowl to these Cowboys.”
While Austin was shocked to be traded to the Cowboys, he is happy to be in Dallas and to work with wide receivers coach, Sanjay Lal.
“They put me in different positions, seeing what I can do” Austin said.
“Our receiver coach (Sanjay Lal) is probably one of the best that I ever played for, he makes me a better and better player every day. I can see it. I can’t ask for more than that.
He’s a players coach, man, just the way he breaks down certain angles for us, certain stunts how to get us in and out of our breaks faster than what we thought he was doing especially for me. He’s hard on me, always.”
Cowboys’ Sean Lee Responds to Dez Bryant
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is coming off an epic rant on Twitter over the weekend, directed towards ex-teammates such as Travis Frederick and Sean Lee, and now, Lee is firing back.
“First thing to say, that I can get anybody off the team and have any input on a roster is absurd,” Lee said, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “The second thing [is] I love Dez, and I want the best for him.
“You know, to be honest, we did butt heads, because I wanted Dez to be more accountable to this team and his teammates. To be honest with you, a lot of the team felt that way. I think he needs to look at himself and hold himself accountable.”
This is clearly not the end of the beef between Dez, the Cowboys, and his former teammates.
Cowboys Using Yoga In Training Camp
There is no denying the benefits and the reputation that yoga has in improving ones health and fitness, and the Dallas Cowboys are bringing it to their training camp to add a new wrinkle to practices.
Stacey Hickman, who has worked with Cowboys’ offensive lineman Tyron Smith in the past, is leading players through yoga sessions in camp.
“You know we have a lot of guys who are really flexible,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, according to ESPn’s Todd Archer. Garrett plans on having Hickman lead the players whenever there is a morning special-teams walk-through
“Some guys that might surprise you. I didn’t evaluate the form head to toe, but overall I was pleased with guys’ engagement with it. I think they see it as something that can be positive for our team and they took advantage of it.”
For some, it is the first time that they are participating in a yoga workout.
“I didn’t know if it was a benefit or not,” Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis said. “But it’s definitely a huge benefit when you get out there and do it on a consistent basis.
“Flexibility is important, so you have different ways that you try to do,” Garrett said. “We’ve had yoga teachers in the past at Valley Ranch or at The Star. We’ve had different people stretch our players, our strength coaches, then people from the outside.
“One of the challenges you have with a shortened-down offseason is there’s only so many things you can do, and we really emphasize the strength and conditioning, a running program and also what we’re doing with football, so you try to find spots with adding these kinds of things to your program. But our team has embraced it.”
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