Dallas Cowboys offseason central: Training camp updates, top stories and more

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The offseason is in full swing for the Dallas Cowboys and all franchises across the NFL.

Dallas has already made some moves to improve its roster while maintaining some of its top internal free agents, and the Cowboys selected Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith with the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

Here’s everything you need to know about this Cowboys offseason:


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Training camp schedule

Following the conclusion of offseason team activities, the Dallas Cowboys will return to Oxnard, Calif. to open their 64th training camp on July 26. It will be the 17th season that the club has spent all, or a portion of, its camp at the Oxnard location.


Fans will be able to attend all open-to-the-public practice sessions free of charge.

The Cowboys’ first workout at 1:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 26. Public entry will open two hours prior to practice.

See the full camp schedule here.

Training camp storylines

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NFL draft recap

Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Mazi Smith (left) laughs with owner Jerry Jones...
Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Mazi Smith (left) laughs with owner Jerry Jones during an introductory press conference at The Star on Friday, April 28, 2023 in Frisco, Texas.(Elías Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

Cowboys 2023 draft picks

Round 1: No. 26, Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith


Round 2: No. 58 Michigan TE Luke Schoonmaker

Round 3: No. 90 Texas LB DeMarvion Overshown

Round 4: No. 129 San Jose State DE Viliami Fehoko

Round 5: No. 169 (compensatory) North Carolina OL Asim Richards


Round 6: No. 212 (compensatory) Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn

Round 7: No. 244 South Carolina WR Jalen Brooks

Top draft stories

What Mazi Smith selection means for Cowboys, Micah Parsons

FRISCO — The Cowboys were on the clock with a scenario that seemed unlikely when the draft began.


Edge Rusher Nolan Smith. Cornerback Joey Porter Jr. Tight end Michael Mayer. All were available at No. 26. It was an embarrassment of unexpected riches. And how did the Cowboys respond?

By taking the player they hoped would be there when the day began.

Mazi Smith got this draft started for Dallas. The Michigan defensive tackle will be asked to solidify the interior of the defensive line and help free the team’s impressive array of edge rushers to wreak even more havoc.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News’ David Moore.


How Cowboys scout Chris Vaughn balanced fatherhood, work while drafting son Deuce

FRISCO — Chris Vaughn is the Cowboys’ assistant director of college scouting. His job over these last three days is to talk about the positives and negatives of prospective draft picks from the Cowboys draft room.

But late Saturday afternoon, Vaughn had to be a dad.

Deuce Vaughn, one of those prospective draft picks, was at home in Austin upset. It was the sixth round and Vaughn, a talented running back from Kansas State, hadn’t been drafted. All the hard work. Overcoming his 5-5 frame. The excellent stats weren’t meaning anything.


Sure Deuce was going to find a job somewhere in the NFL. In the moment it didn’t look like it. Chris Vaughn left the draft room and walked into the hallway.

“His voice is cracking,” Chris Vaughn said. “It’s almost like ‘I might not get drafted.’ It’s the first time I really heard him, in his voice, the way he talked, that ‘my height might have caught up to me.’”

So Chris Vaughn took the personnel hat off and found his dad hat. He calmed his son down. He reassured him everything will work out.

Then Chris Vaughn went back to work. And a special moment occurred.


Read more from The News’ Calvin Watkins.

Free agents

Track all of the latest free agency moves from the Cowboys here.

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Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore paces the sideline during the second half of a Wild Card Playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, January 16, 2023.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

Coaching staff updates

Kellen Moore’s out, Mike McCarthy to call plays

Kellen Moore’s tenure as the Cowboys offensive coordinator is done.

His successor already is in place.


The club and Moore came to what is described as a mutual decision to part ways, the team announced at nearly 10 p.m. Sunday night after The Dallas Morning News had reported the move. Head coach Mike McCarthy will assume play calling duties in the wake of Moore’s departure.

Read more here.

Dan Quinn returns

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has pulled his name out for any head coaching vacancies and will remain in his current position.


Quinn was in the same situation last year when several teams inquired about his services but Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones convinced him to stay.

This time, it’s more about a comfort level with this franchise, something Quinn has always sought.

Read more here.

Jacksonville Jaguars passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, front, reacts as time...
Jacksonville Jaguars passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, front, reacts as time expires during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla.(Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

Cowboys hire Brian Schottenheimer as OC

One week after Kellen Moore and the Cowboys reached a mutual decision to part ways, the club has announced his replacement.

Brian Schottenheimer will take over as the team’s offensive coordinator. He’s had 22 years of NFL experience with 12 of those at the coordinator level.

Read more here.

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