The Dallas Cowboys magnetize themselves to celebrities and the celebrities are attracted in return. A few days ago, the legendary actor Denzel Washington visited training camp in Oxnard. On Tuesday, boxing legend and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya spoke to the team.De La Hoya - who won gold for the USA in the 1992 Olympics, won 10 titles in six different weight classes over his career and is now the founder of Golden Boy promotions, involved in the upcoming Canelo-Smith fight at AT&T Stadium -- did indeed address the team.
Ousted Baylor coach Art Briles was also at camp on Tuesday, vowing to return to football (while using words like "dumbfounded'' and "righteous'') and getting a ringing endorsement from Jerry Jones. "I would vouch for him as a person. I'd want my grandson to play for him.'' ... The Cowboys are asking Dak Prescott to speed up his decision-making and this was a good day for that. With Tony Romo taking a rest day, the rookie QB had his best performance in camp in that regard ... The defensive tackle rotation of Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain and Cedric Thornton (in our 1-on-1 video above) all returned to work -- and newcomer Shaneil Jenkins also did some work inside ... Lots of goalline work on Tuesday, and the defense won most of the battles ... Lucky Whitehead remains the top kick-return man (while struggling with the dropsies) but Mo Claiborne continues to take some reps there. ... LBs Andrew Gachkar is back in camp after thumb surgery) and he joined Damien Wilson (dealing with an eye injury sustained in a Paintball game) in doing some conditioning work on the sideline. ... Ezekiel Elliott is still nursing the hamstring; I wouldn't bet on him playing in the Saturday exhibition opener at LA ... My latest Cowboys 53-man roster projections -- and three Cowboys trades to be made -- are here in Premium ... Dez Jr. made an appearance at camp and not unlike his daddy, stole the show ...
THE FINAL WORD
I said on Monday that a subtle campaign for Jerry Jones to the Hall-of-Fame would soon be upon us. And on Tuesday, here came a quote from coach Jason Garrett:
"For me, he's a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. If you think about the impact he's had on this league since 1989, it's way above my pay grade but I know he's had a huge impact in how we do TV contracts, how we market teams, I think he's helped grow this league as much as any owner I know of. There's no question the league is very different now than it was in 1989 and he's been in the forefront of so many of these big changes, these big developments, this growth that we've had. I just think he's done an amazing job."
And so it begins ...