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Jason Garrett – Rookie First Impressions | 16:23 | Jason Garrett speaks to the media LIVE from Valley Ranch after the first 2014 Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp. (Watch | Listen)

RELATED: Ahmad Dixon signs contract; misses minicamp practice with hip issue

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IRVING, Texas – As the rookies piled onto the field for todays rookie minicamp, seventh-round pick Ahmad Dixon stood to the side without a helmet.

The former Baylor safety, who also signed his deal with the Dallas Cowboys today, is dealing with an injured hip that first bothered him at the Senior Bowl and flared back up Thursday.

“Trainers wanted to keep me out just so I wouldn’t do anything worse to it,” Dixon said. “I had tweaked it a little bit at the Senior Bowl and I’ve been resting it. Yesterday it started hurting again. It’s just a little sore, nothing serious, just want to be very cautious of it.”

There’s no word if that injury caused teams to pass on Dixon until the seventh round, when the Cowboys seemed to get a steal on the All-American safety, who started three seasons for Baylor. But the injury is a slight setback for Dixon, who was extremely emotional when he got the call that he’d be going to Dallas and wanted to prove himself immediately.

Dixon said right now he’s considered day-to-day. Head coach Jason Garrett first referred to the injury as a groin issue, but Dixon clarified and said it’s his hip.

“It’s very frustrating, but I mean, what’s my life without adversity?” Dixon said. “I’m always dealing with something, it’s nothing new to me. I just have to learn from it, keep growing, and move forward.”

On the bright side, Dixon did get his contract signed, joining fellow seventh-round picks Ben Gardner,  Will Smith, and Terrance Mitchell.

Dixon was on the field throughout the day listening to coaches, despite not being able to actually perform. Off the field, he’s been talking to the current Dallas Cowboys defensive backs.

“I’ve been here since Monday,” Dixon said. “It’s been good being around some great veterans, those guys like J.J. Wilcox, Barry Church, Brandon Carr, and Orlando Scandrick, all those guys are great leaders, great mentors. I don’t have a problem with just sitting around and learning from those guys. It’s something that I wouldn’t mind doing.”

RELATED: Scouting report on Dallas Cowboys first minicamp practice …

Scouting report on Dallas Cowboys first minicamp practice - The Boys Are Back website 2014

  • The one receiver that jumped out when watching practice was Devin Street. There is a real smoothness to his game and you can see that with his ability to run routes. He was one of those kids during the drafting process that really stood out when it came to where he was willing to take his route and the ability to finish them. Two of his better plays were routes that were run inside.  One came on a slant against, Terrance Mitchell, who was in good position to make the play but Street was able to position himself in a way to snatch the ball. His other nice play, was a drag across the middle on boot action to the right. It was a solid throw by Dustin Vaughan on the move for a nice gain. Street also lined up some snaps inside as the slot as well. It was a nice start to his morning.
  • A running back that showed some nice quickness and hands in the Team Run and the 7-on-7 drills was, Ben Malena out of Texas A&M. This player has some juice in the way he plays. You could see it on tape but in person, he shows it as well. He puts a lot of pressure on the linebacker to have to match his quickness in coverage but also to have to stop him before he gets going with the ball in his hands like he did in the run period. Malena has the ability to make people miss in space which is a great trait for a running back.
  • Have to say that did not see the physical side of cornerback, Terrance Mitchell on tape but there were several snaps that when they went to a single high look and he had to press the receiver off the snap, he did an outstanding job of using his hands and positioning to deny the receiver space in route. There was one snap where he completely eliminated L’Damian Washington by shoving him off the field with his jam. Mitchell during the practice played on both the right and left sides.
  • There is no question that quarterback Dustin Vaughan can make all the throws, but this morning, there was no question that he was a little nervous in how he handled the 7-on-7 period. There were two separate plays where he had the chance to hit a couple of easy slants and the ball just sailed on him badly. It would have been nice to see him hit those throws but he came back later in Team and hit a nice pass to Street on the boot.
  • The starting lineup for the offensive line in this rookie camp was Josh Aladenoye at left tackle, Andre’ Cureton at left guard, Ronald Patrick at center, Zack Martin at right guard and Jarrod Pughsley at the right tackle.
  • Along the defensive line, Ben Gardner lined up as the left end, Davon Coleman played the three technique, Ken Bishop was the one and Dartwan Bush as the right end. I thought it was an outstanding practice for the PAC 12 guys, Gardner and Coleman. Both were very quick off the ball and had some nice battles with Martin and Pughsley on the right side. There was one rep where it looked like Coleman had beaten Martin up the field, getting him to lunge but Martin was able to recover and get himself back in position on the block.

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst/Former NFL Scout

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