Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said he expects QB Dak Prescott to participate in training camp next month.
“He hasn’t missed anything that’s been slated. He’s doing a lot of extra, frankly, so the anticipation would be for him to go every day is the outlook,” McCarthy said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “We’re not naive. It’s just like any player that comes back from injury, especially a major joint injury. The first year back, there’s going to be some things you have to work through, but I would anticipate we’d start with him in full mode, get him into the team periods and get back to playing football.”
- McCarthy said of DE Randy Gregory having a bigger role than he did last year: “He better want to play more because I plan on playing him more … He looks great. We’re expecting big things from him.” (Jon Machota)
Adam Caplan spoke about what happened with Eagles’ QB Jamie Newman‘s release from the team and what issues prevented him from going any further with Philadelphia.
“Jamie Newman, my understanding is he’s not expected to be back,” Caplan said, via InsideTheBirds.com. “This is not one of those ‘wink-wink, nod-nod’, we need a roster spot, just stay in the area, we’re gonna bring you back in July.’ It sounds like from what I understand is it just didn’t work out. The thing with Jamie Newman, I could just tell you this from talking to a lot of teams about him, I understand he didn’t play last year, he opted out, and then he transferred also which was very weird. I know teams were not comfortable with the situation. But the reason why he wasn’t drafted had very little to do with it; it’s his accuracy. The tape showed it. I’m not talking about his percentages and stats, A lot of coaches I spoke with had real issues with his accuracy. Yes, he’s got talent. He’s got good size and he’s got strength in his arm […] but it doesn’t matter how good of an arm you have, if you can’t throw with accuracy you have no chance. Newman did nothing to distinguish himself and I’ll leave it at that.”
“They’re gonna add one guy. My understanding is it’s gonna be sort of a West Coast offensive guy,” Caplan said. “The names that I’m hearing – Nick Mullens, formerly of the 49ers, who definitely played in a West Coast Offense. Could be a guy like Sean Mannion, who played for Rams head coach Sean McVay, ran the West Coast offense. Look for one of those guys to sign here as a third quarterback.”
Washington is in contract extension talks with DL Jonathan Allen, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal and hopes to remain with the team.
“I want to be here. This is my home, this is where I want to be,” Allen said, via Cole Thompson of SI.com. “This is where my family is from. I went to high school in this area. I want to be here. I’ve always had the dream of only playing for one team my entire career, and I really want to do that. We’re just taking it day by day, continuing to talk and we’ll see what happens. I’m excited about what the future holds.”