Head Coach Ben McAdoo
September 4, 2017
Q: How much was Odell [Beckham] able to do today?
A: He stayed on the bike and worked with the training staff today.
Q: Where is he in his progress?
A: Heís working with the training staff, getting treatment, weíll see how he responds. He did some work today and weíll see how he responds tomorrow morning.
Q: Has he done any running?
A: He is doing everything that they ask him in the training room and if he is ready to go on Sunday, weíll play him. If heís not, we wonít.
Q: Since he is such an important part of your team and if he is not 100%, does that make you more inclined to sit him out to not risk a long-term injury?
A: Itís early to talk about it. Thatís a medical question. If heís cleared to play medically, then we will play him. If heís not, then we wonít.
Q: So far, he hasnít been cleared medically?
A: Itís early in the week. We havenít even crossed that bridge yet.
Q: How has Keenan Robinson been progressing?
A: He is still in the protocol.
Q: Jay Bromley was back out there?
A: Jay Bromley was back out there in a limited role.
Q: How about Eli Apple?
A: Limited role.
Q: How different would the Cowboys be to prepare for if [Ezekiel] Elliott did not play?
A: Listen, our focus is on preparing for Dallas and all backs run the same when there is nowhere to run. So, our goal is to do our job and be prepared to stop the run and if heís playing, great; if heís not, then thatís great. We are going to play whoever suits up for them.
Q: What does [Ross] Cockrell bring to the table?
A: He is a heady corner who has played a lot of football. Heís been a starter in this league and he provides some versatility.
Q: Is he a special teams guy?
A: He hasnít played a ton on special teams, but he is able and willing.
Q: Slot guy?
A: He has flexibility to play inside, yes.
Q: Can you talk about big picture what it means to have a guy like Eli Manning under center?
A: Well, Eli, he was locked in today pretty much like he always is, but we are taking the preparation off of cruise control. Thatís big for us now heading into the first week. We really need to amp it up and we expect Eli to lead the charge.
Q: What is the difference between him being locked in and other times?
A: Heís locked in and heís a consistent person that way.
Q: Are you glad the season is finally here?
A: We just try to take advantage of every day. We have to find a way to get better regardless of what time of year it is, whether it is preseason. Preseason is just as important as anything else. Making sure you evaluate who you need to evaluate, so you make good decisions when it comes to your 53. So, we are all excited for the season, glad it is here.
Q: Are you feeling any more pressure after going 11-5 last year?
A: No, we are our biggest critics. I am my biggest critic. No one from the outside can put any more pressure on ourselves than what we put on ourselves. We want to play at a high level in all three phases. We know what to the goal is and we just have to take it one week at a time, one play at a time. Stay in the moment.
Q: How much does the Cowboys being your week 1 opponent add to the hype?
A: Itís pretty normal around here, isnít it?
Q: Are you set with the first team offensive line you had against the Jets?
A: We will take a look at it as the week goes on and put guys to the test and see how they respond. We have a big padded practice on Thursday. Weíll see how guys play and how they prepare and weíll make the decision from there.
Q: What is the area where you have improved in most in the preseason?
A: Again, preseason is no gauge for the regular season. So, itís tough to say. Again, we are taking it one day at a time. We are preparing for an opponent and we thought we made some progress evaluating players and building a good team. I like this team and I am confident in this team and we will move from there.
Q: Can you talk about the confidence you have gained in [Aldrick] Rosas?
A: Yeah, I mean we put him to the test. He was in a tremendous competition and on Thursday night, he had an opportunity to respond to a great night by [Mike] Nugent the week before and he answered and that says a lot about a young player.
Q: Did that last kick win him the job?
A: No, it was a full body of work. That was one kick in a pressure situation. It just cemented things.
Good. No one should feel completely safe.
Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.
Oh...sorry...I channeled Grand Moff Tarkin there for a minute.