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Cowboys Kick Off OTAs with Notable Absence

Dallas Cowboys Offseason 2024 | Image by Callena Williams/Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Offseason 2024 | Image by Callena Williams/Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys officially began their Organized Team Activities on Tuesday as the team prepares for the upcoming NFL season, which starts in September.

OTAs will include rookies who impressed the coaching staff during the rookie minicamp and veteran players seeking extra work during their offseason.

The workouts, expected to last six hours daily, will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before the team returns for three more days next week.

Although OTAs are voluntary for the players and those who do not attend cannot be fined, wide receiver Ceedee Lamb is expected to be the most notable absence as he looks to work out a new contract with the team, according to Athlon Sports.

Lamb is coming off his best season in the NFL, as he ended the year with the second-most receiving yards and touchdowns in the league. He finished with 1,749 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. He also paced the entire league with 135 total receptions.

While there has been no definite indication about Lamb’s potential contract, it will likely be similar to the contracts signed by his peers this offseason.

Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown re-signed with the team this offseason as he inked a four-year contract worth $120 million. Eagles wide receivers A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith each signed three-year extensions worth $96 million and $75 million, according to Spotrac.

A notable player who will be seen during these camps is former third-overall pick Trey Lance, whom the Cowboys acquired for a fourth-round pick just before the start of the 2023 season.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is “excited to see him” since they did not get much chance to evaluate him last season.

“He’s done nothing but impress around here. He’s a pro, he works his ass off. No one gets to see him, because he hasn’t been on the field (because) we got him late. But we’re going to get to see him,” he said, per The Athletic.

The camps are being held shortly after the NFL released the Cowboys’ schedule for the upcoming season. As previously reported by The Dallas Express, the schedule includes six games in primetime slots.

The Cowboys are hoping to improve upon their finish during the 2023 season which saw them close out the record with a 12-5 record before losing to the Green Bay Packers 48-32 in the first round of the playoffs.

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