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Rookies already impressing Mike McCarthy during the COVID-19 training camp

Rookies already impressing Mike McCarthy during the COVID-19 training camp

Being a rookie in the NFL is hard.

They have to adapt to new teams, systems and the grind of daily NFL life. Now with a pandemic involved, this challenge level is raised even more, but Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says his group is thriving.

“I’ll say this, having the opportunity to stand in front of my 14th rookie class, this is an oppressive one,” McCarthy said in a press conference. They have really grabbed a hold of this opportunity.”

Since clearing COVID-19 tests earlier this month, the players have been going through various virtual meetings, a strength and conditioning program and offensive and defensive installs in the classrooms.

“You can see it in the classroom segments,” McCarthy said. “There’s confidence throughout the group. I really like the way they bonded together when they were here pretty much the first week by themselves.”

One of the concerns players across the league have faced is not having an opportunity due to lack of training camp reps and the cancellation of the preseason. McCarthy is optimistic that his group will rise above this.

“The biggest challenge is to make sure these guys get as much opportunity,” McCarthy said. “Because we obviously know just the way this thing is set up, it’s not a normal year. But it’s a good class and it has a lot of promise.”

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