It wouldn’t be Cowboys camp if there wasn’t drama at the outset and Monday didn’t disappoint with running back Felix Jones, receiver Andre Holmes and safety Brodney Pool forced into “remedial” running drills because they failed the conditioning test.
It’s inexcusable for any skill position player to fail the test but was downright criminal for Holmes and Pool to do so.
Jones spent much of the offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He missed OTAs and minicamp. So maybe he can be excused, especially considering he has a roster spot and role on the team already locked up.
But Holmes and Pool are fighting for prominent roles as well as spots on the roster. This was not a good impression on the first day of camp.
Holmes was singled out by owner Jerry Jones as player to watch in battle for third receiver. Jones hoped he could have a breakout year like Laurent Robinson had in 2011
But now Holmes has to regain the trust of his coaches as well as play from behind in his battle for the third receiver job and a roster spot. If no one develops the Cowboys look for an answer off the waiver wire as they did with Robinson last year.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan expressed big disappointment in Poole, who he had in Cleveland a couple of years ago and recruited as a free agent from the Jets this offseason to fill the void at free safety.
Poole didn’t have a good offseason in Dallas and made few plays in minicamp _ so much so that Barry Church and rookie draft pick Matt Johnson were being given equal shots to win the job in training camp.
It doesn’t bode well for him to flunk the conditioning test.
If Poole doesn’t win the starting job he likely will not be kept in the roster.