Cowboys officials announced a crowd of 5,266 for Monday’s opening workout, with many of them dressing in team jerseys and shouting players’ names as they arrived and departed from the practice field.
The scene resonated with fullback Lawrence Vickers, who signed a free-agent deal with the Cowboys in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland (2006-10) and Houston (2011).
“It is different,” Vickers said, summing up his first training camp workout with the Cowboys. “Being in Dallas is like getting the red carpet treatment. It’s almost like being in Hollywood. Everywhere else, it’s a little slow. But when you come to Dallas, it’s different … “It’s a personal record for Day One for me (in terms of training camp attendance).”
Vickers said Monday’s scene was part of the reason he signed with Dallas. Even if it meant some unexpected challenges.
“I went out yesterday to get sushi and there was people around everywhere. And I tried to get a hotel for some family and it’s all sold out,” Vickers said. “So I kind of understood what it would be like before I came here. And it’s great. It’s not a distraction. Actually, it’s telling you that you’re a part of something great. And if you want to be a part of this, you’ve got to be great.”
A standout blocker, Vickers (6-foot, 250 pounds) is expected to be an integral part in helping to improve the team’s ground game this season.
_ Jimmy Burch