Training camp is over for the Dallas Cowboys.
Now they have to figure out a way to get through their final preseason game in Houston Thursday without getting anyone else hurt.
The Cowboys had to go out and find some help for their depleted offensive line. Dallas signed two players this week, both undrafted rookie free agents in guard Kyle Bosch out of west virginia…who spent some time with the Panthers, and tackle Matt Diaz…from Wagner.
How long do they have to catch them up to speed? How about 48 hours.
“There’s some great stories about signing guys Tuesday or Wednesday before Thursday night games through the years. These guys will be part of that lore going forward,” laughed Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
One guy that will be part of that lore going forward is Diaz. He practiced for the first time Tuesday at The Ford Center, and will play for the Cowboys Thursday night in Houston.
“Yeah, that’s what made me nervous when my agent told me that I was coming here. Because I knew they had a name at Thursday. So going to have to kinda learn as much as I can until then. But coach Colombo has helped me out a lot with that, so I think i’ll be in good hands,” said Diaz.
“I had one of them ask me, you know, what’s the snap count or the cadence here. You know, you got to realize that these guys are coming in brand new, who literally just got here,” said Cowboys assistant offensive line coach Marc Colombo.
Asked if he goes everywhere he goes, Colombo said, “I’m going everywhere he goes. So, it’s the other way around.”
“The guys next to him will tell him. They take care of him, and you know hopefully you know it’s a run or a pass. As long as you know it’s a run or a pass you should be able to get in front of your guy,” said Dallas offensive line coach Paul Alexander.
“I can sleep after Thursday, you know when it comes down to it, I think I’ll be good for the game. I think I pick up things pretty quickly. So I’m pretty confident on what I’ll be able to do,” added Diaz.
The Cowboys travel to Houston for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Texans on Thursday.