- ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says rumors persist that the Cowboys explored a trade for Dolphins CB Xavien Howard at one point this offseason and they’re a potential landing spot if Miami decides to deal the veteran.
- Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said WR Michael Gallup “tweaked” his ankle on play Tuesday when flipping over the practice-field fence: “I think long term he is fine.” (Michael Gehlken)
- Cowboys QB Dak Prescott sat out Wednesday’s practice after experiencing some soreness, but a team spokesperson called it “purely precautionary.” (Gehlken)
- The spokesperson said Prescott “did not seem concerned …about it at all.” (Gehlken)
- The Cowboys released a statement saying QB Dak Prescott left practice early with a sore shoulder: “After leaving today’s practice early with soreness in his right arm, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott underwent an MRI examination in Oxnard, CA. The results of that test showed that Prescott has a muscle strain in his right shoulder.” (Jane Slater)
- Prescott said he isn’t worried about his shoulder: “I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far. Better to be cautious and smart about it. I don’t see this as any kind of serious setback. We’ll treat it on a daily basis, and I’ll be fine.” (Slater)
- However, the fact that the muscle strain was visible on an MRI could be an indicator that the injury is more serious and Prescott will be week-to-week instead of day-to-day. (Dr. David Chao)
- Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said they proceed cautiously with all of their players in training camp: “Were going to err on the side of caution every step of the way. With any player we have here this early on most people are just starting camp we will be cautious we have no concerns.” (Calvin Watkins)
- Jones couldn’t say whether Prescott overthrew in practice and praised the quarterback’s work ethic: “That’s hard to say he obviously, as you know is a very driven man, who works, works, works and he is one of those guys I was talking to Mike (McCarthy) who really likes to throw the ball a lot, that’s part of (Prescott’s) makeup.” (Watkins)
- McCarthy said Prescott won’t throw for the next few days and his issue is considered a “fatigue injury” that isn’t of high concern. (Slater)
- Cowboys S Malik Hooker mentioned that he’s halfway to being fully vaccinated and just needs to get his second shot. (Watkins)
- Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer raises the possibility of the Eagles keeping TE Zach Ertz and instead trading TE Dallas Goedert to the Texans as a part of any deal for Deshaun Watson.
- While Ertz is in camp and GM Howie Roseman claims he sees him as a part of the team come Week 1, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo points out all is still not well, as Ertz wore his shorts inside out to hide the Eagles logo on them.
- Goedert and Eagles WR Jalen Reagor failed the conditioning test to start training camp. Reagor also has been in a tough place dealing with the death of a close friend. (McLane)
- Eagles G Brandon Brooks left Thursday’s practice with a hamstring issue and underwent a precautionary evaluation. (Mike Garafolo)
“It was just like they were trying to sabotage me to get me out of there,” Benjamin said.“I just felt like from Day 1, once I stepped on the field, once I put on the colors, he never liked me. He didn’t even want me there.”
Benjamin feels like Judge’s entire demeanor was fake, while GM Dave Gettleman was easier to deal with.
“To be honest, man, I just felt like it was all a hoax,” Benjamin said. “I felt like they didn’t give me a chance. I finished the conditioning. I finished all of that. I did what I was supposed to do. Everybody in the building was telling me I looked great. They never wanted the narrative to be good about me.”
“Dave was the one that got me here — and Dave knew exactly what went down. I’m a team guy. I’ve been on a winning team before. I get the politics in the league and stuff. But the thing with me is: Don’t sit there and try to bash my game and let the story run wild. Just tell the truth. Be honest.”
Benjamin believes Judge will ultimately be a failure in the league.
“I have a perspective on Joe Judge,” Benjamin said. “He’s not a coach that can ever win a Super Bowl because he sits there and cusses all day. You can tell he’s one-sided about everything. He’s a know-it-all. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. We all can learn from each other. We’re all humans at the end of the day. The true colors will come out.”
- Benjamin mentioned that he’s a big fan of QB Daniel Jones: “I’ll be watching him.” (Rosenblatt)
- Judge declined to comment on the details behind Benjamin’s sudden release on Wednesday: “We’re going to keep it between us… I wish him well.” (Zack Rosenblatt)
- Giants G Shane Lemieux sustained a knee injury in Thursday’s practice. (Matt Lombardo)
- The Giants worked out WR Cody Core. (Aaron Wilson)
Regarding some players refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Washington HC Ron Rivera admitted that he’s “beyond frustrated” with the situation.
“I’m truly frustrated. I’m beyond frustrated,” Rivera said, via Ben Standig of The Athletic.
“We wanted to get (them) taken care of,” Rivera said. “We wanted to get (them) taken care of. These are guys we believe fit us going into the future. It gives them some stability, and it shows other players that we are most certainly working to keep our own. That’s how you build a team. You sign those guys and keep those guys around.”
- Thomas said initially he and the team weren’t close on an extension, but after working on it, things escalated quickly. (Rhiannon Walker)
- Washington LB Jamin Davis spoke about converting to middle linebacker and is confident he’ll do well in his new position: “It’s a lot to take in at first, but once you get in the swing of things, it’s nothing I can’t handle.” (Nicki Jhabvala)
- Rivera called S Landon Collins a playmaker for their defense: “I do know from watching him last year that there’s a physicality he brings. He’s a playmaker. He has the right type of temperament that you want in defensive players.” (Jhabvala)
- Rivera said backup QB Kyle Allen is still getting back into game-shape after recovering from a broken ankle. (John Keim)