Jason Garrett has stern message for young players

August, 6, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – When the Cowboys met this morning for the first time since Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against Miami, coach Jason Garrett had “a little bit of a come to Jesus meeting for these young players.”

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In talking about special teams play, Garrett worked his way into the young players needing to understand the standard of playing in the NFL and for the Cowboys. Some met that against the Dolphins. Some did not.

“They’ve got the uniform now, right?” Garrett said. “They’ve got the uni and everybody’s watching, but there’s a responsibility that comes with that.”

Garrett was pleased with DeVonte Holloman's 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, but not the unnecessary roughness penalty that hurt the defense. He liked Gavin Escobar's effort but not the use of technique when the game started. He liked J.J. Wilcox's enthusiasm but not the inconsistency in the game.

“I think they understand (the responsibility) a little bit more than they did at 8 o’clock this morning,” Garrett said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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