10 Takeaways from Day 6: Cowboys 1st padded practice of 2023

The pads finally came on for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

After a half-week of getting reacclimatized to the scheme and refreshers on the installs from OTA and minicamp, the real action began in Oxnard.

 Football is a sport of violence, and while skill and technique play major roles in just how far a team can go,

the one with the most guys who bring unrelenting will and toughness to the scrap is normally the one who emerges victorious.

That mentality is forged in July during training camp.

Fans should consider this the next major step in preparing for the regular season. Here’s a collection of what went down.

Sam Williams' injury Williams, a second-round pick of 2022, is expected to be the third defensive end in the rotation in 2023.

Mazi Smith is extra serious with it The big boy in the middle doesn’t sound too enamored with having to wait to put the pads on.

Rico's time to shine? Every media member has a pet cat. Before Markquese Bell in 2022 and Isreal Mukuamu in 2021, mine was South Carolina RB Rico Dowdle. 

Trevon Diggs back in action The Cowboys inked Diggs to a long-term extension the day before practice started, but he hasn’t actually practiced.

Jalen Brooks feels like this year's Dennis Houston In last year’s camp, UDFA rookie Dennis Houston was receiving a ton of buzz for what he was doing in practice.


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