The Dallas Cowboys wrapped up their mandatory minicamp on Thursday at AT&T Stadium, sending the players on a five-week break, their last before 2015 Training Camp opens in Oxnard, CA.
According to Jason Witten, who’s gone through the grind of an NFL offseason a time or two, the time between now and July 28 is going to fly--and that’s a positive.
“It’s good to be quick,” Witten said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “This is why you do this work, to have this opportunity to go to camp. I think that some of your best times as a group is building your team, individually kind of setting your goals, but then doing it as a team. I’m excited where we’re at. I think we really kind of talked about mentally going into this offseason of, 'We’ve got to get better.' It’s a group of guys that works really hard. I’m excited to get to training camp.”
This will mark the Cowboys’ fifth training camp under head coach Jason Garrett, who preached discipline to his players before turning them loose for one final break on Thursday, between the rigid structure of the offseason schedule and the rigid structure of an NFL training camp.
“They have to have some discipline as they leave here,” Garrett said. “It’s been a structured environment for them through the offseason in our offseason program both in strength and conditioning and with the OTAs and minicamp. Now, many of the guys are going to be away for a little over a month. They’ll have to get their minds right, do what they need to do each and every day so that they can be the best coming back when we go to Oxnard.”