Cowboys coach Jason Garrett gave updates during his media availability on Sunday afternoon on the progress of three rookies on the offensive side.
Garrett smiled warmly when he spoke of tight end Dalton Schultz leaving camp on Thursday following afternoon practice to be with his girlfriend Laurel Heinrich for the birth of their child. Garrett appears to be cool with Schultz leaving. Schultz, a fourth-round pick out of Stanford, was apparently drafted in response to Jason Witten’s retirement just days earlier. Garrett hadn’t heard news on the delivery and there was no update available via Twitter or elsewhere by Monday morning.
The more field-related updates involved wide receiver Michael Gallup and offensive lineman Connor Williams. Williams, a second round pick out of Texas, and Gallup, a third-round pick from Colorado State, share similar territory on the depth chart. Dallas doesn’t desperately need either one of them to be stars immediately, but either or both making valuable contributions would give the Cowboys a significant boost on the depth chart.
Gallup has gotten in the mix in practice and made some plays. Garrett says that’s the product of Gallup’s demeanor.
“I think he’s off to a good start,” Garrett said. “He’s got a good look in his eye. That’s one of the things you look for in players early on at different stages.”
Williams, who played high school football in Coppell, Texas, close to Cowboys headquarters, has fully embraced professional football. Whether or not Williams can handle life in the trenches in the NFL remains to be seen, but he’s mastering life in the pro football classroom.
“Connor is someone who loves football and he’s very passionate about it and he wants to learn,” Garrett said. “His ability to lock in and focus in meetings is really impressive. He’s just eating the words out of the coach’s mouth.”