After lots of discussions about proceeding with training camps during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has officially informed all 32 teams of their expected arrival dates for 2020 training camps. The Dallas Cowboys and 29 other teams will all be welcoming their first group of players this Tuesday, July 21st.
A league-wide memo went out this morning from Troy Vincent, the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the league office.
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Cowboys rookies will report to training camp in Frisco on Tuesday, July 21, according to a league memo distributed today (via @TomPelissero). Quarterbacks and injured players arrive on July 23. All other Cowboys veterans report on July 28.
The Chiefs and Texans will begin reporting earlier than other teams as they are scheduled to begin the regular season on Thursday Night Football. All other teams will be playing that Sunday or later.
For the Cowboys, this means that Tuesday will be one of their earliest opportunities to work in person with some of their 2020 rookies. While players have been able to attend meetings and training sessions via web conferencing, they’ve missed the usual work from rookie camp, mini-camps, and organized team activities.
On Thursday, Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton, and other quarterbacks will be able to come and start preparing for camp. Extra time is allotted to QBs so they can help facilitate the practice time for their teammates.
This is at least a positive step toward the 2020 season taking place. We’re still anxious to see if the actual games will take place according to schedule, and there is reason for skepticism. We’ve already seen two weeks of the preseason cancelled, and more is subject to change.
But for now, we’ll take this news for what it’s worth and hope for more good developments to follow.