Football is back!
The Dallas Cowboys are kicking off camp in Oxnard, Calif. on Wednesday with the organization’s annual introductory press conference for the 2021 season.
Watch the press conference below:
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The Cowboys kicked off Wednesday by finalizing deals with their two remaining rookies from this year’s draft class, and open camp with the team’s first practice on Thursday.
Here are some highlights from our writers and photographer on site at Cowboys camp:
Can’t get the lyrics from Neil Young’s song “Old Man” out of my head as I transcribe today’s press conference.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 21, 2021
I’ll have more from an emotional Jerry Jones soon. pic.twitter.com/2nVbnI0tAO
After news conference, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made point to say that Mike McCarthy’s sunglasses are from actor Jamie Foxx’s company. No Clear Eye View? Jones: “Tell Jaylon (Smith) I’ll catch him next time.” pic.twitter.com/XT1FJGHb3d— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Jerry has been reflective/emotional, including thoughts on @JimmyJohnson entering the HOF: "Jimmy's a great coach. Ridiculous that my role here, it was my job was to keep it together..Should have had deference to something that was workin' good... We just had a great experience."— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 21, 2021
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on DE Randy Gregory: “I’m impressed with the way he has stayed the course with legitimate life challenges. He addresses them exemplarily. ...He’s got a lot of tread left on his tire. ...What’s ahead of him is what excites me most.” pic.twitter.com/zOZHk447oR— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on his 2021 expectations: “I have to give us an arrow up regarding having Dak and also having better health on our offensive line.” Hopes that will lead to fewer turnovers. “Defensively, I think it’s going to be a different ballgame.” pic.twitter.com/jA89x2dmJb— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on his reaction to learning team will be featured on “Hard Knocks” on HBO this summer: “I about wrecked my truck when Jerry called me.” Was driving in rain. “Once I got back on the road, I’m all in.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on QB Dak Prescott’s summer participation: “I see for him to be a full participant. It’s still a projection. We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, we’ll watch it.” Will participate in 11-on-11 drills for first time this offseason. No pass rush in spring.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy: “A lot of ways it feels like the first year because we are doing things for the first time.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the evaluation is underway to determine which players won’t be physically ready for Thursday’s practice. WR Amari Cooper, DE DeMarcus Lawrence and TE Blake Jarwin among players who missed entire spring. Conditioning test underway on field now. pic.twitter.com/CeefLl73xO— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said that getting the locker room to reach the 85% vaccination threshold is a “work in progress, but I think we will hit that threshold and more.” pic.twitter.com/bFaI340tao— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
On player vaccinations, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that “in the pipeline” — committed to get vaccinated or in process of getting fully vaccinated — “handful still have to commit to this. A handful is five,” and that number is “iffy,” subject to change. 89 players on roster.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Jerry Jones said his team has a handful of players who are not fully vaccinated. Cowboys have 89 players in camp.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 21, 2021
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that no serious COVID-19 outbreak occurred from team leading NFL in attendance last season. Also knows of zero cases stemming from 73,126-person attendance for Canelo-Saunders boxing match in May at AT&T Stadium. pic.twitter.com/zjf4bLTynY— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Jerry Jones said he’s aware of the rising COVID cases in California, but won’t say the NFL is back to normal, he noted things won’t be the same again.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 21, 2021
Jerry Jones said the Cowboys don’t know of any cases of COVID outbreaks occurring from fans attending 2020 regular season games or having the Canelo Alvarez fight at AT&T Stadium this past spring.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 21, 2021
Jerry Jones opens news conference asking if anyone is complaining that the Cowboys are back in Oxnard for training camp. “I’m not, and I’m damn sure happy that we’re out here and everything that it stands for. ...We’re back.” https://t.co/NBGIU2Z7xr pic.twitter.com/VmleQlewtn— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021
Cowboys to hold their opening news conference here in Oxnard in 40 minutes (10 a.m. PT). Owner Jerry Jones, EVP Stephen Jones and coach Mike McCarthy are expected to address reporters. pic.twitter.com/ZD5JeIpg48— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 21, 2021