The 5 Biggest Takeaways from Dallas Cowboys Rookie Minicamp
The Dallas Cowboys' recent rookie minicamp gave the team a first taste of what to expect from its first-year starters.
While it may have only been four practices, the Cowboys coaching staff likely gathered plenty of information. Information like which undrafted guys made a good first impression and which draftees are picking things up fast.
Without further introduction, here's a look at some of the biggest takeaways from Dallas' recent rookie minicamp.
B.W. Webb Turns Heads
The Cowboys decided to spend their fourth-round pick on B.W. Webb this year, and he's earning his selection so far.
Webb showed some of the quickness that led to success for him in college and also proved he could do his fair share of covering wide receivers. With Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr on the roster, it'll be hard for Webb to see playing time.
The best way to better his chances of seeing regular-season action, however, would be to continue what he did at minicamp. Webb showed off considerable skill that turned more than a few heads. He'll need to keep that buzz surrounding his name going as preseason creeps up.
Joseph Randle Limited
Fifth-round pick Joseph Randle participated in minicamp, but not much. Randle is currently in a cast for the next six weeks after having surgery on his thumb, which has limited him in drills.
“We don’t really want him catching the ball or in a competitive situation right now,” head coach Jason Garrett told the media.
Randle was presumably drafted to replace Felix Jones as DeMarco Murray's backup rusher. The surgery limits Dallas' ability to judge if he can handle that responsibility for the time being.
The Oklahoma State product will have to wait a little while to show Garrett's staff what he can do at 100 percent.
Jason Garrett Praises Travis Frederick
Travis Frederick was far from the sexiest first-round pick this past NFL draft, but he looked all kinds of good on the field to Jason Garrett.
During his press conference after the first day of minicamp, Garrett told reporters:
He’s certainly played a lot of football in his life. He’s got a lot of command from the center position, but he’s a long way off. He, like the rest of the rookies, has a lot to learn....He’s certainly a physical player – kind of an old-time offensive lineman in a positive way.
Frederick certainly fills a need at the center position for Dallas. That hasn't stopped critics from citing other teams who had a third-round grade on the former Wisconsin player, however.
The Cowboys have to feel relieved that Frederick performed well during his first impressions with the coaching staff. He'll need to do more impressing to justify where he was taken in the draft but hey, so far, so good.
Terrance Williams a Return-Game Candidate
After the first day of minicamp, Jason Garrett explained that he was interested in seeing what Terrance Williams could do in the return game.
The head coach did say that he won't really get a chance to try players on special teams until training camp rolls around. Williams might not have gotten many attempts at returning this past minicamp, but it's interesting to note he's already in consideration.
Dwayne Harris is likely taking the No. 3 spot on the wide receiver depth chart after Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Kick and punt returning would be Williams' best shot to get on the field regularly.
There's Still Much to Learn
The Cowboys might have gotten some first impressions from their rookies, but there's still so much time left in the offseason. There is still a training camp to hold and four preseason games to be played before it's all right to talk regular season.
One good or bad weekend of football from any rookie is not going to vastly determine where they land on the depth chart. There will be plenty of opportunities to higher or lower chances of earning a starting job or being cut.
Only time will tell how the Cowboys rookies continue to progress or regress throughout the next few months, but first impressions are now out of the way.