The NFL preseason doesn’t start for a few weeks and the regular season doesn’t start until the first week of September, but with many NFL teams about to report to training camp, it is safe to say that football is back.
A month after offseason activities were dismissed, players are rejoining their teammates in the final team workouts before they hit the gridiron for real.
This is when actual contact drills and pads come into play.
The Dallas Cowboys will report to Oxnard, California once again next week to kick off their 2019 camp with so much to be excited for.
It is year number four with the quarterback-running back duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. All-Pro center Travis Frederick is back to lead the offensive line after missing last season battling Guillan-Barre Syndrome. There’s a trio at wide receiver: Amari Cooper, second-year man Michael Gallup and the veteran Randall Cobb, who was signed to a one-year deal.
The defense is stacked after the team locked up Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a long-term deal. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are the young one-two punch at linebacker with Sean Lee backing them up. Robert Quinn was signed in free agency.
Kellen Moore is taking over for Scott Linehan at offensive coordinator and Jon Kitna is the QB’s coach. There is a lot of hype to see how creative this Cowboys’ offense can get after being deemed “too conservative” during Linehan’s time.
This is the most stacked all-around roster for the Cowboys since 2014 and they look ready to go win it all or at the very least reach their first NFC title game since 1996.
Anything less than that will be a huge disappointment and could spell the end of head coach Jason Garrett, who is on the last year of his deal.
But for every hype, there will be some questions.
How “back” is Frederick after we see him in contact drills?
Elliott, according to reports, is planning a holdout of camp unless he gets a new deal.
With questions about his trustworthiness and long-term durability, will the Cowboys reignite negotiations and pay him sooner than we think?
How close is Prescott and Cooper’s contract extensions?
Will Lawrence and cornerback Byron Jones both be ready by the season opener after they both had offseason surgeries?
And will the Cowboys’ young secondary, with the signing of veteran George Illoka, breakthrough and consistently force turnovers?
This is just a handful of expectations for America’s Team this year as we are less than two months away from kicking off at home against the Giants.