Last year, the Dallas Cowboys held a series of training camp practices with the Oakland Raiders that really seemed to ratchet up the level of competition in camp. Which is to say, a huge fight broke out when Morris Claiborne laid out a Raiders’ tight end during one of those practices.
It was the sort of fight that is almost a training camp inevitability and while neither coaching staff was happy about the fight itself, we’d imagine they were happy that the competition level was high enough to precipitate such a mutual emotional outburst. And it’s that level of competition that has head coach Jason Garrett looking forward to the possibility of Dallas practicing against the St. Louis (for now) Rams this year in camp.
“One of the things that we emphasize maybe as much as anything else is the word ‘compete,’" Garrett said, per the team’s official website. “We want to bring competitive guys to our team and then put them in competitive situations. So we’ll do that every day in practice and see how guys respond. Then you get them in preseason games and you want to see how they respond.
“But it’s always kind of an interesting dynamic when you bring another team to your practice field and you get a couple days of practice with them. I think it puts great energy out on the field.”
The plans have not yet been finalized, but if years past are any indicator, the Cowboys and Rams will meet for practices at some point in August.