THESE BOYS AREN’T BACKING DOWN: It’s a love-hate relationship between offense and defense | Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon draw national headlines | 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys training camp
You’ve undoubted heard, late in Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys training camp practice, Dez Bryant got into a spat with cornerback Tyler Patmon.
Both Bryant and Patmon are Oklahoma State alumni.
Bryant explained to reporters after practice, “It’s two great competitors going at it. We were chirping a little bit back and forth. I got a little bit overheated. … I was giving him a little bit of mouth, talking about a whole bunch of stuff to him. He was talking back to me, and it just escalated to the next play. … He wasn’t going to back down, I wasn’t going to back down. … At the end of the day, we shook hands, we hugged and we respect one another.”
Patmon added, “We’re family. It’s intense out here, it’s training camp. It’s part of it. … We love each other.”
When Bryant was asked if the two still “love each other,” he replied, “No doubt,” adding that he didn’t want anyone “weak” on the team.
“You go to war with a guy like that any day of the week.”
Tony Romo, Joseph Randle and Jeremy Mincey were involved in breaking the scuffle up.
“Dez can be a hothead sometimes,” Mincey said, “but it’s good. It’s good to have passion and play the game that way.”
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After the aforementioned in-practice scuffle with cornerback Tyler Patmon made national news on Sunday, Dez Bryant got back to business as usual: good old-fashioned competition.
The All-Pro receiver lined up against first-round cornerback Byron Jones in a compete drill, meaning a selected matchup by head coach Jason Garrett in front of the entire team. Jones had tight coverage and caused the incompletion, prompting Bryant to congratulate the rookie.
“I had my eyes glued to the ball,” Bryant said. “He just made an outstanding play. He ripped it out. I had to congratulate him because I sure was trying to bring it in.”
Overall the first-team offense had a solid day, with Bryant making a difficult catch on Mo Claiborne over the middle in the two-minute drill – one of Tony Romo’s six straight completions on a touchdown drive. Bryant also made a spectacular one-handed catch over Patmon.
He even took a few punt return reps rotating with Cole Beasley and Lance Dunbar, though Bryant said he’s mainly keeping his legs warm between practice periods. He’s highly unlikely to be a full-time option on special teams.
Fresh off signing a five-year, $70 million contract that validates his place as one of football’s most dynamic players, all eyes are certainly on Bryant in camp. It’s worth mentioning as a side note, that he’ll be featured in a future issue of Rolling Stone.
Bryant declined to discuss that, though. Here in early August, he’s focused on football.
“I’m not a celebrity, man,” he said. “God blessed me with a gift and I’m just trying my best to take full advantage of it each and every day and try to stay as positive as I can because I know young ones are watching me, including my own.”
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Team adjusts sack leader salary | DE Jeremy Mincey back with the ‘boys | 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys training camp
OXNARD, CA – Defensive end Jeremy Mincey spent the first few days of camp at odds with the Dallas Cowboys. In his first day back with the team, he was back to his team-leading, peace-making ways once again.
Mincey was one of the bystanders trying to break up the heated fight between Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon in Sunday afternoon’s practice, an event that seemed to steal the headlines of Mincey’s return.
But that’s the role of Mincey that gets somewhat unnoticed at times as he became one of the team leaders in his first season.
Mincey and the Dallas Cowboys came together Sunday morning to end the veteran’s contract holdout. Although Mincey didn’t get more years added to the end of his two-year deal that expires after the season, he did get an additional $500,000 added, pushing his base salary to $2 million. Last year, Mincey came up short on an extra $500,000 in a playing-time bonus that he missed by 11 snaps.
“I’m happy to be a Cowboys and happy to be here,” Mincey said. “I think it’s fair for me and my family. It’s clear I wanted to be a Cowboy. You get tired of your kids switching schools and going from city to city. I’m tired of that. I didn’t want to do it anymore. I’m happy to be a Cowboy.”
Now Mincey didn’t get an additional year, so he’ll be a free-agent at the end of the season unless the two sides agree on an extension.
“I’m here for the year. Hopefully we’ll see what the future holds,” Mincey said. “I’m excited about the future. I think I’ve got a lot of football left in me.”
Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, who met with Mincey in the morning, said he’s glad something could be worked out.
“No one ever likes the business (side) of football,” Jones said. “The fans don’t like to hear about it. The players don’t like it. I don’t blame them. Unfortunately it’s a part of it. Jeremy obviously was concerned about his business and I respect that. He made a good decision to come in here and we got everything worked out.”
Mincey led the Cowboys in sacks last year with six, and was a valuable member of the defense during the playoff run.
Mincey said he decided to sit out about a week before the start of camp, saying he just simply had to stand up for his decision.
“If I can get out here and fight for my teammates, it’s a no-brainer for me to fight for my family,” Mincey said. “Somebody has to be brave enough to do what they have to do for their family. I’m here now. Everything is good.”
There’s no doubt that Mincey deserved to be paid more than the $1.5 million he was expecting in 2015. Now that he’s in camp, they’ll continue working toward a new deal.
“It’s good to have him here — it was a good conversation,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters. “We’ll see how he’s doing. He has to pass a physical and we’ll ease him into practice.”
DIAMOND DEZ DEAL DONE: Dallas Cowboys secure X-Factor with new five-year contract | Dez Bryant tags franchise with $70 million deal | Deadline Day Deal Drama in Big D
IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant will be a Dallas Cowboy for years to come. Continue reading →
IT’S TRUE-BLUE ENVY: Dallas Cowboys have NFL’s best fan base | America’s Team haters face the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans in the league
Here at The Boys Are Back website, we knew it all along. The Dallas Cowboys have the best fans in the NFL.
The new study from Emory University is sure to turn some heads and anger Dallas Cowboys demonizers, and haters, all around the world.
The Dallas Cowboys are not only “America’s Team”, but they are also have “the best fans” in the NFL according to Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi (at Emory Sports Marketing Analytics). The authors define “best” as “the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans.” Continue reading →
THE BOYS ARE BACK ON TRACK: Both Dallas Cowboys player suspensions resolved | Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain to return in week 5 | 2015 Dallas Cowboys
After weeks of inactivity at Valley Ranch due to offseason vacation breaks … there is news to report today.
The NFL announced that Greg Hardy‘s suspension was reduced from 10 games to four games this afternoon. Continue reading →
MEET AMERICA’S TEAM CENTENARIAN: Troy Aikman surprises lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan Evonne Morgan | 100th Birthday visit delights adorable True Blue fan
The Dallas Cowboys have legions of fans, of all ages, in the U.S. and around the world.
Evonne Morgan stands out. Continue reading →
THE BATTLING BACK ‘BOYS: The Journey from Injured Reserve to Redemption | Comeback Cowboys Sean Lee & Morris Claiborne fighting back
For some Cowboys, there has been no offseason.
For the few players that ended the 2014 campaign on the injured reserve list, the offseason consisted of about one week before returning to the Valley Ranch facility to continue their rehabilitation process. Continue reading →
THE PULSE OF AMERICA’S TEAM: Family Day followed by Fathers Day | Superhero dad Tony Romo super-charged | Dallas Cowboys family focused | 2015 minicamp wrap-up
Tony Romo’s wife, Candice, and their two sons Hawkins (age 3) and Rivers (age 1) were at AT&T Stadium for ‘Family Day’, the annual event in which players’ wives and kids are invited to watch the final practice of Dallas Cowboys Minicamp, then stay around for lunch and playtime on the field. Continue reading →
DALLAS COWBOYS OTA UPDATE: ‘Boys Big Balls | Meat on the Bone | Diggin Dallas’ Drones in Philly | No fear, Scandrick secure
Dallas Cowboys run drills using their big yellow ball, as seen here during OTA’s, at the team’s Valley Ranch practice facility in Irving, Texas. More on this later. Continue reading →
APPEALS, DEALS & POTENTIAL STEALS: Kraken Packin–Upcoming Greg Hardy appeal | Dallas Cowboys sign another former first-rounder | Scandrick smiling again | Pro Scouting Report–A. J. Jenkins | Silver and Blue linings
IRVING, Texas – Greg Hardy is on hand for the start of the Dallas Cowboys OTAs, but he’ll be absent Thursday when he heads to Washington D.C. for the appeal of his 10-game suspension. Continue reading →
EXPECT EXTRA-LONG EXTRA POINT: NFL owners approve PAT rule changes for 2015 season | Kickers moved back 15 yards | Defensive scoring opportunity created
The NFL has been tinkering with the PAT in hopes of making it a more difficult and therefore entertaining play for spectators. Continue reading →
HOW ‘BOUT THEM WOWBOYS?: Dallas Cowboys make sure La’el Collins has his moment in the sun; Rookie’s inspirational message sends shockwaves around Cowboys Nation | The trade-bait debate | A true-blue must-see video
What else can you really say about what has happened here this week, particularly on Thursday afternoon at Valley Ranch. Continue reading →
FOUND HIS HOME ON THE RANGE: Meet La’el Collins, your newest Dallas Cowboy | Team introduces La’el Collins to the media | Dallas Cowboys introductory Press Conference
La’el Collins introductory Press Conference | Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, of the Dallas Cowboys introduce outstanding LSU OT La’el Collins and his mother to the media. Notice he’s been issued Mark Tuinei’s jersey number.
This press conference is available on the Dallas Cowboys audio archives page of The Boys Are Back website | Duration: 37:41 | Check out the audio HERE. Check out the video HERE on the Dallas Cowboys video archives page.
The original announcement article of the official signing is posted HERE.
REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL: Dallas Cowboys officially sign top OT prospect La’el Collins | Trenches formed with four first-round pounders | NFL Draft Prospect Profile | Pro Scouting Reports
LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins has officially signed with the Dallas Cowboys after going undrafted in last weekend’s NFL draft. Continue reading →
UNITY UNIT UNITED: O-line is fine with current RB stables | Dallas Cowboys offensive line ready to gel with running backs | North Texas Food Bank benefit
The Dallas Cowboys offensive line sticks together, on the field and off it. Continue reading →
MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Swing Secured–OT Chaz Green grabbed at 91 | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015
After getting one of the better value players in the entire draft earlier in the night, the Dallas Cowboys came back in the third round to take offensive tackle Chaz Green with the 91st pick. Continue reading →
MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Sacker Secured–DE Randy Gregory slips to sixty | Pass rusher too good to pass, twice | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015
The Dallas Cowboys took another step toward fortifying their defense in the second round, selecting Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory with the 60th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Continue reading →