- Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning NEws notes Cowboys LG Connor Williams is taking reps at center in the event that C Tyler Biadasz is unable to play. Gehlken adds that a reserve guard such as Connor McGovern would then step in at left guard.
- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is encouraged with the progression of QB Dak Prescott: “I thought Dak Prescott had the best day of practice that I’ve seen since he’s been a Dallas Cowboy (Saturday). That’s the best day I’ve seen him practice that’s encouraging.” (Calvin Watkins)
- McCarthy spoke about how LB Jaylon Smith has been dealing with competition with rookie LB Micah Parsons: “I think he’s done a great job, once again not only with Micah Parsons but other guys. Jaylon is all football. The competition is real.” (Gehlken)
- McCarthy on Williams taking reps at center: “I thought Connor had his best day yesterday in his center reps.” (Gehlken)
- McCarthy also mentioned second-round CB Kelvin Joseph: “He is off to a good start. He’s definitely comfortable out there. …He’s done some good things. So far, so good.” (Gehlken)
- Cowboys’ CB Trevon Diggs led the team with three interceptions last season but said he wants to make notable improvements: “I got my hands on 14 balls, but I didn’t get 14 interceptions. This year I’m looking forward to making all those opportunities count.” (Jon Machota)
- Cowboys CB Maurice Canady knows that players must prove themselves yearly, and wasn’t concerned after opting out last season: “No, I did not because in this league you got to prove yourself every year. Even if you have a five-year contract, it’s yearly.” (Calvin Watkins)
- Cowboys’ WR Michael Gallup on his impending free agency: “I mean yeah it definitely floats around but if you don’t perform on the field it’s not going to come. That’s all I’ve been really worried about is making sure I do what I’m supposed to do now & let my agents handle that stuff on the business side.” (Calvin Watkins)
- Jones said he expects DE DeMarcus Lawrence and WR Amari Cooper to be back at practice from their respective injuries after the first preseason game vs. Arizona. (Todd Archer)
- Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Inquirer says a high-level league source believes Eagles GM Howie Roseman‘s thinking regarding a potential trade for Texans QB Deshaun Watson remains unchanged. The Inquirer reported in March Roseman would be willing to make a strong run at Watson.
- According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapaport, the Eagles signed CB Steven Nelson to a one-year deal worth up to $4.125 million, with a $2.5 million base.
- NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports second-round OL Landon Dickerson will get reps at both guard and center in camp.
Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick loves where he and the team are at entering the season.
“This is the best situation I’ve ever been in or the best situation that I’ve ever gone into as the guy,” Fitzpatrick said on the ESPN Daily podcast, via NFL.com. “I signed to be the starter in Houston, I signed to be the starter in Miami, so this is now the third team that I’ve signed to come in and be the starter for. I just feel like the way that I’m playing the last four years, kind of the progression of my career, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense that 17 years in, physically, I feel great, mentally, emotionally, I’m in the right spot. I just think I am set up for success this year and really looking forward to it.”
Fitzpatrick has focused on embracing what time he does have left in his career, while focusing on his love for the game.
“The other major point in my career when there was a transition was after my year in 2016 with the Jets, which was miserable and the first time in my life I hated football and just didn’t want to play anymore,” Fitzpatrick said. “Since then, it’s almost like I’ve been playing on borrowed time. The last four, I’ve really been able to enjoy. Hopefully everybody has been able to see that for me on the field, from some of the goofy stuff and the interviews. My personality has really come out the last four.”