DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys said they began their preparation to host the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday with much greater intensity, energy and focus than the week before, when they were beaten by the Denver Broncos.
Several players acknowledged that their workouts last week, heading into the game they lost to the Broncos 30-16 and in which they were favorites by 10 points, had left much to be desired in all respects.
“I think it wasn’t our best work week,” catcher CeeDee Lamb said in reference to the days leading up to the Denver game. “Today you immediately noticed the opposite. The boys are motivated and wanting to go out and play again to show what we are capable of doing.”
Lamb himself barely practiced before facing the Broncos with an ankle injury he suffered Wednesday in training. On Sunday he only had two receptions for 23 yards.
“It’s not a pretext, I wasn’t okay. But it wasn’t me,” Lamb said. “Now I don’t feel any restrictions anymore. I feel much better than last week.”
Safety Jayron Kearse said the team had shown Wednesday that they were still upset about the way they were displayed and that they know the only way to play better is to work through practice week.
“Training today got back to what it should be,” Kearse said. “The guys were well engaged. It should be. There are no excuses. They kicked our butt and we have to improve.”
It is highly likely that the starting offensive left tackle for the second week in a row will be Terence Steele, as Tyron Smith is still injured in his right ankle and it is unknown if he will play the Falcons.
“He’s making progress,” coach Mike McCarthy said at Wednesday’s news conference about Smith, who was not even on the field rehabbing separately during the practice portion open to the press.
Many of the offensive problems that Dallas presented against the Broncos had to do with Steele, who has acknowledged that he suffered in the change from right tackle to left.
“It was harder than I thought,” Steele said. “It was complicated. But in whatever this team asks of me, I will try to do my best. I will be the best offensive lineman that I can be.”
SIGN ANOTHER KICKER
The Cowboys signed kicker Lirim Hajrullahu on Wednesday because Greg Zuerlein was placed on the reserve by Covid.
Hajrullahu, who was preseason with Dallas, was one of two kickers the Cowboys tried on The Star, alongside Brett Maher, who was inconsistently on the team between 2018 and 2019.
The Cowboys asked punter Bryan Anger and long center Jake McQuaide to stay home without training Wednesday as a precaution, assuming they were in close contact with Zuerlein.
– Zeke Elliott said his right ankle and knee are feeling better, which have been bothering him the last few weeks. It was listed as “limited” in the first report this week heading to the game against the Falcons.
– Dak Prescott no longer appears at all in the practice report, unlike the previous weeks when he was marked as ‘limited’ by the calf lioness, which prevented him from playing against the Minnesota Vikings.
– Coach Mike McCarthy said veterans like Elliott, Zack Martin, Amari Cooper and Randy Gregory will have less workload in the coming days, because the annual period in which the Cowboys face three games in 12 days, including the Action Game, is approaching. thanks.
– Running back Corey Clement and cornerback CJ Goodwin did not train Wednesday due to non-Covid illness. Catcher Cedrick Wilson (shoulder) also didn’t practice.