GRAPEVINE, Texas – Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made an appearance Sunday evening to help raise money for the North Texas Food Bank at the tenth annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party. Along with his charitable heart, Coach Garrett brought along his opinions on how the club’s rookie minicamps progressed this weekend.
“Yeah, it was a good opportunity to see the guys,” Garrett said. “You know, we have a lot of drafted players, and we have some college free agents who we signed, and some unsigned guys who came in and tried out. So we had a good couple three days and it was fun to get them all out on the practice field and get a look at them.”
Coach Garrett indicated that there wasn’t any particular player who stood out in his mind over the weekend.
“It’s early. I think, in general, a lot of guys stood out.”
At this particular stage, Garrett expressed that the best sign so far is that the rookies were, “different players than they were Friday morning.” After having a good practice, despite the number of injuries, the rookies were doing a great job, in Garrett’s opinion, of, “going about things to right way.” The coaches won’t get a chance to see the rookies again until organized team activities, which is when they will commence the evaluation process.
The eighth head coach in franchise history also helped clarify what is a “right kind of guy,” a term synonymous with the Jason Garrett era.
“I think there are a lot of different things,” said Garrett. “We want guys on our football team who are good people, who love to play the game of football, who play with passion, emotion, enthusiasm, work hard, team oriented, competitive, tough – all of those things; a lot of different intangible qualities. Loving football has a lot to do with being the right kind of guy.”