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10-6, 1st in NFC East
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4dTodd Archer

NFL suspends Cowboys' Gathers for one game

The one-game suspension for Cowboys TE Rico Gathers stems from his arrest for marijuana possession last season. If he makes the 53-man roster, he will miss the team's opener against the Giants.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended one game for violating the substance abuse policy stemming from an arrest last year. Gathers is in a fight to make the 53-man roster and has been the fourth tight end during the offseason program behind Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz.

Cobb, Bears running backs impressing in OTAs (1:22)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Takeaways from Day 3 of Cowboys minicamp: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore showed some aggressiveness in his playcalling. In a four-minute situation where the offense wanted to use a lot of clock, he called for a play-action pass on third-and-3 and Dak Prescott found Amari Cooper for a big gain. Later, Prescott hit Randall Cobb on a third-down slant to move the chains … Ezekiel Elliott was given a lighter load on the final practice. Rookie Tony Pollard took the situational work with the first team … Cornerback Jourdan Lewis did not practice because of a tight hamstring. With Byron Jones (hip) and Chido Awuzie (hamstring), not practicing, the top three corners were Anthony Brown, C.J. Goodwin and Chris Westry … Backup quarterback Cooper Rush finished minicamp with another good day. He hit rookie Jon'Vea Johnson with a perfect deep route in team drills, found Lance Lenoir with a go route in two-minute work that led to a pass to the corner to Cedrick Wilson for a touchdown. His best throw might have been when he was rolling left and threw across his body to Lenoir for another touchdown … Jason Witten had two touchdowns in practice, although he would have needed replay to overturn the call on the field for one. Witten appeared to get his feet down on a Prescott pass to the back pylon but the official ruled him out, much to the veteran tight end's chagrin.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

As the years wore on, Jason Witten got into a familiar routine when the offseason program ended. He would decompress for a little bit with his friends and family. Now that he's returning from a one-year layoff, he said he will have a different routine. “Yeah, it's been a good offseason for me and making that decision at the end of February, early March, that helps me because I had the whole offseason, but I've still got a lot of work to do, clean up, knock some of the rust off,” Witten said. “These next 5-6 weeks will be really important for me to what I want to accomplish and what I can bring. It know that it's still building for me and I'll approach it much like I did when I was younger in my training in how I go about it.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones was a spectator at Thursday's final minicamp practice, spending time watching his former position, the offensive line, but the owner and general manager left before the media could ask him questions.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Count Dak Prescott happy to see Carson Wentz receive a four-year, $128 million extension from the Philadelphia Eagles last week. “A guy that deserves it, a guy who has been great in this league. Had an awesome year and potentially without the injury wins the MVP,” Prescott said. “Congrats to Carson. Knowing him personally, he deserves it.” Will his contract happen sooner or later? “It happens when it happens,” said Prescott, who was sporting a Stetson hat after practice. “I've got my cowboy hat on, so I'm a Cowboy let's say that.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott will get together with a number of receivers at some time in July before the Cowboys fly to Oxnard, California, for the start of training camp. He plans to take a break but not much. “I am not worried about losing the edge,” Prescott said. “I will take a little time off. During that time I will still be taking care of my body, doing the things I need to do. When you feel as I do physically and mentally, you are hungry to keep that going. And you are hungry to get better. The time off will be taken but trust me I will stay with it.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys conclude their offseason program today with their last minicamp practice. The Cowboys fly to Oxnard, California, for camp on July 25. "I think we've had a really good offseason," coach Jason Garrett said. "So many of our players were here well before the offseason program started, working out. The participation and effort level throughout the offseason program has been outstanding. We've laid a really good foundation for our team and we've given ourselves a chance really just because of the approach our players have taken."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Noah Brown had arthroscopic knee surgery last week but the expectation is he will be ready for the start of training camp in Oxnard, California, in late July.

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6dTodd Archer

Cowboys' Cooper focused on football, not contract

Wide receiver Amari Cooper said Wednesday that he's focused on football and not when his agents will work out a long-term contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Takeaways from Day 2 of the Cowboys' minicamp: On the first play of red-zone drills, Dak Prescott floated a perfect crossing route into the arms of Randall Cobb for a touchdown. There was a defensive breakdown what appeared to be the linebackers on the play-action fake by Prescott that allowed Cobb to run free … Second-year defensive end Dorance Armstrong had a particular strong day. Armstrong likely would have had a sack of Prescott after beating Cam Fleming inside at the snap of the ball. He had a few more pressures throughout the practice … Cooper Rush struggled Tuesday but he closed the second-team two-minute work with a soft throw over cornerback Mike Jackson to Lance Lenoir for a touchdown on what was the final play … Mike White answered with the third team with a deep throw for a touchdown to Devin Smith, who got behind safety George Iloka while managing to keep his feet inbounds … Cornerback Donovan Olumba intercepted his second pass in as many days, stepping in front of a Rush throw.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston, who is now the director of player personnel for the XFL franchise in Dallas, watched Wednesday's minicamp practice. Johnston was around a lot last year as well as he prepped for his job with San Antonio in the AAF.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Dak Prescott and safety Jeff Heath had a minor disagreement during Wednesday's minicamp practice that had them face to face for a few seconds after Heath came up to stop Prescott on a zone read near the line of scrimmage. Before long it broke up and players went back to work. It was no big deal after practice. “When things get competitive like that it brings out the competitive juices in everybody and that makes practice really fun,” receiver Amari Cooper said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have wrapped up their draft class with third-round pick Connor McGovern signing a four-year deal on Wednesday that included a signing bonus of $882,108. McGovern, an offensive lineman, is not taking part in team drills right now because of a pectoral strain but he is expected to be OK for training camp. The rest of the class, including second rounder Trysten Hill, signed their deals during the rookie minicamp. The third-round deals typically take longer because of the negotiations involving the base salaries.

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7dMike Clay

NFL divisional bets I like right now

The NFL offseason is here, but there is plenty of betting value to be had. Mike Clay gives five divisional bets he likes, including the Los Angeles Chargers to win the AFC West.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Takeaways from Day 1 of the Cowboys' minicamp: Dak Prescott ended the two-minute work with a terrific touchdown pass to Randall Cobb after he spun to his left toward the sideline and managing to square his shoulders to find a sliver of space to get the ball to Cobb … To set up the go-ahead touchdown, cornerback Jourdan Lewis was called for a questionable pass interference penalty while defending Amari Cooper on a long pass down the sideline … Rookie running back Tony Pollard was working more with the second-team offense during two-minute work .. Backup quarterback Cooper Rush struggled with a couple of interceptions. He also took a sack when he was unaware of a blitzing cornerback off the slot. The backup position might be something the Cowboys need to consider in training camp … Undrafted wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson had been off to a terrific start to the offseason but had three drops in individual drills and one during team drills … Wide receiver Michael Gallup did not go through team drills as he deals with a hamstring issue. The team is just being cautious … Second-round pick Trysten Hill limped off for a few plays but managed to return. He gutted it through some post-practice sprints, too.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones said his goal is to be ready at some point during training camp as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. He has not done any full running as of yet, but he has done resistance training the last few weeks. Like DeMarcus Lawrence, who had offseason shoulder surgery, Jones is likely to open camp on the physically unable to perform list, but the Cowboys are confident both will be able to play in the season opener.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards221.123rd
Rushing Yards122.710th
Points For21.222nd
Points Against20.36th