Cowboys to alter rookie camp work

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are not going to the extremes the Miami Dolphins will go to in keeping their rookies off the field entirely, but coach Jason Garrett will alter the rookie minicamp schedule this weekend.

The Cowboys are scheduled to have a morning walk-through plus an afternoon practice. In the past, the Cowboys have put the players through two-a-day practices. New Miami coach Adam Gase will not have his players on the field at all for the Dolphins’ three-day minicamp, choosing to focus on mental preparation.

The workload is taxing for players coming off the draft process and they are often not in the best condition. Add in the heat and humidity in the area, and injuries have been an issue in the past.

“Every player who comes and visits us, all the players we talk to at the combine, we talk about draft day and you’re excited for draft day, but what I tell every one of them is that five or six days after the draft you’re going to be on a football field somewhere in a rookie minicamp so as you travel around, visiting different teams make sure you’re working out, make sure you have your cleats on and you’re on a grass field somewhere because it’s going to happen fast wherever you go,” Garrett said. “So we try to impress that upon them. Having said that we have to be smart as coaches, structure the practices the right way and make sure we get them acclimated so we can get the most out of them.”

The rookies are scheduled to arrive Thursday and practices are set for Friday through Sunday.