OTA’s (organized team activities) and mini-camp is right around the corner for the Dallas Cowboys. But Tuesday night they traded the pads for the bats for a good cause.
The Cowboys took part in a home run derby at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco for charity. From what I saw, safety J.J. Wilcox and cornerback Brandon Carr can rake. So can head coach Jason Garrett. The swings helped raise $50-thousand for the Salvation Army.
Of course, with this being on a baseball field, you did hear plenty of chatter about the Rangers and Blue Jay’s brawl on Sunday and second baseman Rougned Odor’s punch. But there was also a little football talk mixed in.
The Cowboys are coming off a 4-12 season full of injuries and disappointments, so they are ready to get back out on the football field and go.
“The offseason has been good,” said tight end Jason Witten. “We’re just excited to go to work. The season can’t get here fast enough.”
The Cowboys expect to have quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant healthy once the games count. They also have possibly the best offensive line in the NFL, a line that includes center Travis Frederick, guard Zack Martin and tackle Tyron Smith.
“For us there’s no pressure because everything that we do is to live up to our standard in our room,” said Frederick. “So everything that we do is geared to making sure that we are the best individually that we possibly can be and collectively as a group being the best we can be.”
“We pride ourselves in coming out here and working and getting better,” adds Martin. “I think the reason we have some success as a group is because we hold each other to a very high standard and that’s going to continue.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Carr doesn’t feel like his work is finished with the Cowboys, so he took a pay cut to stay. Carr will likely become a free agent in 2017.
“I feel great, “said Carr. “I’m back with my teammates for another year, back in the community. Those two things are what matter most to me. You kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel but at the same time you got to stay focused on the main goal and that’s with these guys so I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m trying to get to that Super Bowl at the end of the year.”
So it was all fun and smiles Tuesday night in Frisco. But soon it will be back to business for the Cowboys.
Written by C. James