FEATURE: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott discusses recovery, mental health, Oxnard & more!
With two weeks of training camp in the books, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sits down with KSAT 12's Greg Simmons to discuss his recovery from his season-ending ankle injury, mental health around athletics, highlights from the team's practices in Oxnard and much more!
DOUBLE DUTY: Cowboys offensive lineman Connor Williams working as back up center
For the first time since his rookie campaign in 2018, Cowboys guard Connor Williams played in all 16 games of a regular season last year. Now that he has found his footing health-wise, Williams has been asked to take on the role of backup center.
FEATURE: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks return to Oxnard, Dak Prescott & more!
With training camp officially underway, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sat down with KSAT 12's Greg Simmons to discuss the team's long-awaited return to Oxnard, California, the leadership Dak Prescott has shown throughout his recovery and former head coach Jimmy Johnson's upcoming induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I about wrecked my truck”: McCarthy reveals reaction to Cowboys being featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks
Even though this is Mike McCarthy's second season as the head coach of the Cowboys, this is first chance to experience training camp at Oxnard, California and the worldwide media attention that Dallas generates.
PREVIEW: Cowboys preparing for return to Oxnard for 2021 Training Camp
Prior to the start of this season's training camp, Greg Simmons previews some of the major questions the Cowboys have to answer as they prepare for their return to Oxnard. KSAT 12 Sports will return to California to cover the start of camp starting on Tuesday, July 20.
Despite talk, Cowboys haven't replaced safeties Woods, Heath
But that isn't any more reason for him to wonder whether the Cowboys want to find a replacement. "If you showcase what you have and you become that guy, then it won't come with it," Woods said. Still, Stephen Jones said he's comfortable with Heath and Woods as Week 1 starters. Secondary coach Kris Richard said he never felt the need to address all the talk of replacements with his two starting safeties. For Heath, talk of being replaced has been an every offseason thing.
Cowboys DE Robert Quinn breaks hand, sidelined for preseason
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn fractured his left hand in practice at training camp and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason. Quinn sustained the injury during a one-on-one pass rushing drill against star left tackle Tyron Smith on Tuesday. The Cowboys traded for Quinn in the offseason, signing him to an $8 million, one-year deal while sending a sixth-round pick in next year's draft to the Dolphins. DeMarcus Lawrence, who signed a $105 million, five-year deal in the offseason, isn't expected to practice or play in the preseason coming off shoulder surgery. With Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, Quinn is expected to start at right defensive end opposite Lawrence.
Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith eyeing Super Bowl run
OXNARD, Calif. - To whom much is given, much is required.That phrase sums up Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smiths perspective on being the quarterback of Dallas defense. Smith, who is about to start his third season in a Cowboys uniform, spent his entire rookie year on NFL reserve after suffering a devastating knee injury in his final college game. Smith recorded his best season wearing the star in 2018, starting in all 16 games and tallying a career-high 150 tackles, second only to fellow starting linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. He finished tied for first on the Cowboys with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four sacks. Thats why we play the game, Smith said.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recaps Blue/White Scrimmage
OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones returned to Oxnard on Sunday to continue watching over training camp. Jones attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night in support of former Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Gil Brandt. Jones met with the media following Sundays Blue-White Scrimmage in camp and had a number of observations, including how impressed he was with fifth-round draft pick Joe Jackson. If he continues to get better and better, then I think youre going to see a guy that plays early for the Cowboys, Jones said. Lastly, the Cowboys owner commented on the tragedy that has gripped El Paso, We are so appreciative of the support we have in El Paso.
Cowboys guard Zack Martin speaks with media
OXNARD, Calif. - For the first time since he left practice Friday, Zack Martin spoke with the media. The five-time Pro Bowl guard experienced back pain during the Cowboys' sixth workout and thought it was worth bringing to the attention of the training staff. Dallas immediately requested an MRI, which showed irritation of a disc that now has sidelined Martin. I never really had that feeling before, admits Martin. Ive had soreness before, but not that.Martin said he experienced the pain in his back on one play and declined to estimate how bad the injury is.
Mark Wahlberg visits Cowboys practice
OXNARD, Calif. - With Oxnard located so close to Los Angeles, the Dallas Cowboys are used to attracting stars to their training camp workouts. Following practice, Wahlberg visited with a number of players including tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who posed for pictures. When it came time to talk football, Wahlberg said he would love to see a Cowboys-Patriots Super Bowl. That would be a good Super Bowl match up, Im calling it right now. Then I can go to a Super Bowl stress free, which is not normal.Dallas travels to New England to face the Pats on Nov. 24 in a potential Super Bowl 54.
Cowboys WR Amari Cooper held out of practice with heel bruise
OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper reported for this afternoons practice ready to workout, but left the field after the opening stretch. Reports say that Cooper was held out of practice with a heel bruise. Following the afternoon session, Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones addressed the media and gave an update on Coopers status. It started bothering him a little bit yesterday, and then it bothered him a little bit more today, so we pulled the plug on it." Cooper is starting his first full season in a Cowboys uniform.
Defensive end Robert Quinn excited about Dallas' prospects
There have been many interpretations of the lyrics, but on face value, the "Mighty Quinn" appears to be a savior for his people in despair. Thats after the Miami Dolphins gave the defensive end permission to shop for a new team this offseason. Quinn was candid when asked why he chose Dallas. "We want to be standing up on that podium at the end of the season," Quinn said. I get to work with them and lets see if we can make that happen.If he can help make that happen, then he will truly be the "Mighty Quinn" for the Dallas Cowboys.
Greg Simmons' Cowboys Training Camp Blog: Day 9
OXNARD, Calif. - One of the perks of covering the Dallas Cowboys training camp is the weather in SoCal, especially in Oxnard. Last night I actually used my Texas Open pullover for the second time on this trip. Its still hard to believe the Cowboys actually trained in Wichita Falls. The thinking back then was if they could stand the heat in training camp, then they would be ready for September and October in Texas Stadium. Maybe thats one reason we got big timed when we asked for an interview, not wanting to be seen in Cowboys camp.
Greg Simmons' Cowboys Training Camp Blog: Day 8
Cobb is in his first season wearing the Star, after spending his first eight years in the NFL in Green Bay. The Cowboys took a chance on him in the 2016 draft and it has paid off. We have reached that point in camp where you dont know what day it is. We call it ground hog day, like the movie, but there are points, like Jerry Jones interview after the evening workout, that breaks it up. Now keep in mind, back in the day BJs was the only restaurant in town aside from Outback that had a decent menu.
Cowboys cut Larry Allen Jr., re-sign Justin Phillips
OXNARD, Calif. - Larry Allen Jr., the son of Hall of Famer and Cowboys Ring of Honor member Larry Allen, has been cut. The Cowboys announced the move Wednesday during the players' day off. Allen, who is 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, signed a three-year nonguaranteed contract as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard, where he earned a biomedical engineering degree. After bringing in several linebackers for workouts, Dallas elected to re-sign undrafted free agent linebacker Justin Phillips. Chris Covington is currently on the physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury and Sean Lee is nursing a sprained knee.
Greg Simmons' Cowboys Camp Blog: Day 6
OXNARD, Calif. - You set goals to start each day when you are on the road. So today, our goal is to cover the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard and then head to the Rams training camp in Irvine to interview three San Antonio natives, Malcolm Brown, Josh Reynolds and Ramon Richards. The first complication develops when the Cowboys switch the fully-padded practice to the morning session. That means the walkthrough is reserved for the afternoon workout, since Wednesday is a players day off. Time is a serious factor now because the rams practice could end at 7:15 pm SA time or 8 p.m. We are hoping for those extra 45 minutes.
Greg Simmons' 2019 Cowboys Training Camp Blog: Day 5
But as is our business, news soon started to break. First day in pads completed at Cowboys training camp. pic.twitter.com/6X8MOUbVlE Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) July 30, 2019While this is breaking, Billy arrives in my room to inform me that I have a leak. Sure enough, there were signs of a water leak above the bathtub. Were visiting the Rams training camp and the three San Antonio-natives on the roster Tuesday afternoon.
Garrett: Sean Lee tweaked knee, missed Tuesday's practice
OXNARD, Calif. - When Tuesday's practice began at Cowboys training camp, Sean Lee did not take the field. "It happened within the framework of practice," Garrett explained. "He missed today's practice for that reason, and we'll take his situation day by day. Since he was drafted in 2010, Lee has never played all 16 games of the regular season. Dallas is hoping Lee can remain healthy and contribute to a deep and talented group of linebackers in 2019.
Cowboys' linebackers anchor dominant defense
OXNARD, Calif. - In each of the past five seasons, the Dallas Cowboys defense has improved in total ranking. After missing his entire rookie season ue to a devastating knee injury he suffered in college, Smith completed his first full season with the Cowboys, starting all 16 games and both playoff games. He finished second on the unit with 150 tackles, trailing only teammate Leighton Vander Esch, No. Its year two," Vander Esch said. It's going to be fun.How does Vander Esch plan on improving in his second season?
UPDATE: Alfred Morris arrives at Cowboys Training Camp
UPDATE: Veteran running back Alfred Morris reported for duty in the Dallas Cowboys training camp Tuesday. After arriving in camp Monday night, Morris was in full pads this morning. This is Morriss second stint with the Cowboys, having played in 2016 and 2017. Morris last played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2018 season, where he rushed for 428 yards on 111 carries and scored two touchdowns. Morris played two seasons in Dallas, started five games and averaged 5 yards per carry in 2017.
Reports: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has left the country
OXNARD, Calif. - Ezekiel Elliott has left the United States, according to reports. Now entering the fourth day of his holdout from the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California, a number of reports say that Dallas' star running back is either traveling to, or has arrived in, Cabo, Mexico. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has remained adamant that the Cowboys want Elliott in camp this year. Slater also reported today that the Cowboys have not heard from Elliott's agents in response to a recent offer. I can confirm todays reports that Zeke is headed to Cabo to train while the #Cowboys and his team continue to work on his contract.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett excited for first practice with pads
"I just think its one of those days where were excited to see everybody," said head coach Jason Garrett. "Youre excited to see veteran players coming back. Youre excited to see the younger players and how they interact with the veterans. "It feels like weve been here for a month, but we havent even had a full football practice yet," Garrett said. With a Cowboys team that expects to play smash-mouth football and rely on an aggressive defense in 2019, you can expect this year's padded practices to be intense.
Greg Simmons' 2019 Training Camp Blog: Day 4
OXNARD, Calif. - Day 4 of the Dallas Cowboys 2019 training camp turned out to be the most challenging, so far. Those words came back to haunt me on a day that looked like it was going to be a cake walk. We are still having trouble exporting the Jerry interview while Im fighting the printer, and having to handwrite everything it decides it doesnt want me to see. Hes going to have to feed the Jerry interview off our internet connection at field level in order to get it on the air. Good evening everyone and welcome to our live coverage of the Dallas Cowboys training camp here in Oxnard, California.
Greg Simmons' 2019 Cowboys Camp Blog: Day 3
OXNARD, Calif. - For some reason we were not as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of Day 3 at Dallas Cowboys training camp. Maybe we are still feeling the effects of travel day, but nonetheless, its the first day of workouts, so we hit the ground running. But the good news, for those of us in the media, it makes the players available twice a day. Unlike most NFL camps, every Cowboys player is available after workouts if they want to talk. There is no podium appearance at Cowboys camp for any player.
Cowboys practicing yoga at training camp once again
OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett confirmed at his press conference Sunday that yoga is making a return to training camp this season. In order to combat a rash of soft tissue injuries, the team turned to yoga during last year's camp since they were so close to the yoga capital of America, Los Angeles. The Cowboys have scheduled their first yoga session for Monday, while a special teams practice is held in the morning walkthrough. KSAT was allowed to shoot video during the team's first yoga workout last year, but when calls started coming in from franchises such as Entertainment Tonight, the Cowboys decided to shut down access to the workouts. Your ability to handle injuries and your longevity should be enhanced.You just wont see the Cowboys doing it in public.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott not concerned about contract, Elliott's holdout
OXNARD, Texas - Dak Prescott is poised to receive the contract of his life, as he gets ready to start his fourth season as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Itll happen when it happens, said Prescott Saturday, when he addressed the media for the first time since arriving in Oxnard for training camp. I know Ill be better by the time the regular season starts, so thats my focus.Thats when Dak pulled a "Jerry Jones." While Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are in the middle of extension talks -- both in the last year of their current contracts -- they are both still in training camp. The star running back is officially holding out of training camp as he tries to negotiate a new extension, despite the fact that he has two years left on his rookie contract.
Cowboys center Travis Frederick excited to be back
OXNARD, Calif - When the Dallas Cowboys arrived in California for their 2019 training camp, no one was more excited than Travis Frederick. Fresh off the heels of recovering from a career-threatening disease, the Cowboys All-Pro and Pro Bowl center did not know if he would ever be back. You don't realize what you have until it's gone," said Frederick as he stepped off the team charter bus on Thursday. I will tell you this, I had no idea what we were facing regarding Frederick," stated Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "None of us did.Now Jones is hoping that Frederick can pick up where he left off as the best center in the NFL.
Greg Simmons' 2019 Cowboys Camp Blog: Day 2
OXNARD, California - The first two days of the 2019 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp have been flawless so far. From the flight out, to the drive up and to the set up at Cowboys Camp, everything seems to be working without any glitchesso far. Often, teams would start their training camp without their top draft picks signed, sealed and delivered. pic.twitter.com/59aly7T0Sa Greg Simmons (@GregSimmonsKSAT) July 26, 2019The early live shots came off well with a little help on lighting from our friends at KDFW. Thats the norm at Cowboys Camp.
Dallas Cowboys will be 'driven' during 2019 season
It has been standard operating procedure since Jason Garrett took over as head coach 10 years ago. Driven is the flag the Cowboys will fly in 2019. Tight end Jason Witten is driven to show doubters he still has gas left in the tank after one year in retirement. I think there are degrees of driven if you reflect back on the people you know in your life, Garrett explained. Theres somebody else that is a whole different level, and certainly thats the level we are trying to get to.Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Jerry Jones optimistic on Randy Gregory's future with Cowboys
OXNARD, California - There is no question that Randy Gregory has had his fair share of setbacks off the field -- most of them by his own hand. In February, the Cowboys defensive end was placed on indefinite suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policies and the terms of his conditional reinstatement. But now, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who took a chance on Gregory with a second round pick in 2015, believes he is getting closer to his return to the field. Additionally, the Cowboys have a vested interest in Gregory's status. In April, just two months after Gregory was suspended again, Dallas extended his contract through the 2020 season.
Greg Simmons' 2019 Cowboys Camp Blog: Day 1
For me, personally, this will be my 38th Dallas Cowboys training camp dating all the way back to 1981, when Danny White was the quarterback for America's team and the manster Randy White roamed the Dallas D as half-man, half-monster. The Cowboys camp at that time was held in Thousand Oaks, California, a little further south than Oxnard but still north of Los Angeles. The first and last day of Cowboys camp is always the toughest for me, if no other reason than the no sleep factor. It's 4:15 now, 6:15 back home, so its time to break off to do our live shot. Join us live on the News at Nine for our live report from California as the Dallas Cowboys kick off their 2019 training camp with drama of course.
Cowboys arrive in Oxnard without Elliott
OXNARD, California - The Dallas Cowboys have officially arrived in Oxnard, California. Most of the main stars made the trip together, including quarterback Dak Prescott and tight end Jason Witten, but the most conspicuous no-show was running back Ezekiel Elliott, who missed the Cowboys' scheduled charter flight at 1 p.m. Elliott can still make his own way to Oxnard and report for training camp tomorrow. The official report day is tomorrow, and it's going to be a beautiful day. We get here a day early before the official day starts tomorrow, so we're excited about being out here." Tomorrow, Garrett, owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones will speak to the media for their annual "State of the Cowboys" address.
Greg's Blog: Cowboys Camp Day 2
OXNARD, California – Day 2 in Cowboys camp is the first day of workouts. Right out of the gate, they throw Tony Romo at us at 11:30 a.m. OK, that's the way to kick things off. Romo answers questions from everything about his back to Dez being in camp, revealing they are like brothers. The Cowboys decide to throw Dez Bryant at us. The Cowboys two biggest stars on the same day.
Greg's Blog: Cowboys Camp Day 3
After completing the morning walk-through, I return to my room to find the red light flashing, meaning I have a message. Well, welcome to Cowboys camp. The first order of business is to change so I can do my first sit down interview of camp with Cowboys number one draft pick Byron Jones. After completing the interview with Jones and waiting for the daily Garrett press conference to begin, I run into Brad Sham, "The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys." I ask him how long he has been with the Cowboys and he tells me this is his 37th season and his 36th training camp.
Greg's Blog: Cowboys Camp Day 4
OXNARD, California – Saturdays are usually a little lighter as far as newscast demands since Larry is in to anchor and we are responsible for Cowboys content, but not the entire broadcast. That gives us a chance to catch up and work on stories for the day, stories for Sunday on Instant Replay and other future broadcasts. Saturday goes well, beginning with our second interview of camp -- Mo Claiborne. Mo has always impressed me with all of his answers, beginning with "Yes sir." No walk through tomorrow, but I received a late-night text from Cowboys PR that Brandon Weeden wants to do his interview at 11:20 a.m. since the players have the morning off.