The Dallas Cowboys took the practice field following their trip to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game. The Cowboys look to face the Los Angeles Rams for the second straight year in the preseason. For this game the Cowboys will have a guest analyst join the broadcast.
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The morning practice started with the return of Ryan Switzer coming off his injured hamstring. He was limited in practice but did partake in special teams drills, primarily receiving punts. Switzer is expected to be the primary return man on punts, something he excelled at in college. During his career, Switzer was credited with seven returns which is tied for 3rd highest in history behind Wes Welker and Antonio Perkins.
Following the injury to Chaz Green, Jonathan Cooper was receiving a majority of the reps at left guard. However, during this morning’s walk through Byron Bell was splitting first team reps with Cooper. Green was doing conditioning work as he tries to make it back into the rotation and compete for the vacant starting job. Tyron Smith also returned to practice after dealing with an ailing back.
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Again as it seems most days all eyes were on Jaylon Smith and he tries to crack into the lineup for his first professional NFL game. As the weeks progress, it appears that Jaylon Smith is also progressing. On one such play in team drills, Smith hits the running back which just happens to be his brother Rod. The most promising part is his created power and leverage off his surgically repair left leg.
Jaylon Smith pic.twitter.com/vDMZJIWWRz
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The video of the day came from one on one drills when linebacker Mark Nzeocha drew the assignment of covering Jason Witten. Many of said that Witten has lost a step heading into his 15th season, but by the looks of it he still has a little something.
1v1s. Jason Witten vs. Mark Nzeocha pic.twitter.com/8fn1J9hfKT
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 7, 2017