“What have you eaten?” The question can carry several different connotations, which can steer the conversation in a number of directions. Growing children often hear the phrase when visiting family or friends they have not seen in a long time, which more often comes as a result of the allotted time than a vigorous growth spurt.
Aspiring bodybuilders receive the same praise as the results of their tireless work begin to reveal themselves in the form of stiff biceps and toned bellies. And those with weight loss goals may hear it as their dietary disciplines begin to show fruitful external results.
Now, losing pounds is not necessarily the main goal for most NFL athletes (in fact, their goal is often the exact opposite), but when additional body baggage slows down their pursuit, discarding carbs can yield transformative results. And when Dallas Cowboys showed up at Oxnard for their annual training camp grinding, a number of players showed the results of the kilos they were able to shed in the offseason.
These results? Now, see for yourself.
No, ladies and gentlemen, these guys are not preparing for an unreleased version of ESPN’s “The Body” number. These are the images of veterans who arrived with a visible appetite for improvement – to correct the wrong mistakes in a terrible 2020.
Tyron Smith sees every part of the vacuum power that engulfed future tacklers over the past decade. He has a great start to this season and consistently fluctuates a combination of speed, strength and attitude that includes a clear message without any spoken words: “I’m far from done.”
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith is the place where pass speeds go to die. This is every moment, no matter the rusher. Smith started an incredible start at camp. Neck injury, which limited him to two games in 2020, clearly looks behind him. pic.twitter.com/Vo34RDXNp6
– Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 25, 2021
Hopefully, his gnawing elbow tendonitis will be short-lived.
La’el Collins, meanwhile, appears to have a desire to compete with Smith in this year’s “strongest Cowboy” competition. His secret is to kill the fried catfish. Fans hope it will help him catch more unsuspecting defenders in precarious positions as bait.
The couple’s passionate drive spreads to the rest of the guys up front. Guard Connor Williams spoke about their disposition:
“[They’re] more hungry now than ever. I think, especially this year, they have a little more taste for blood. ”
And oh yes, the man who has felt fed up in massive portions is down to his lowest weight since his first G in college. Ezekiel Elliott would definitely like to do away with all the inklings in 2020 and it looks like he is ready to make his whole organization forget about the appalling outing.
Smith, Collins and Elliott make up only a fraction of Dallas ‘roster, but these three will move the needle to Dallas’ offense in unmanageable ways. And if their off-season efforts herald something about the 2021 campaign, each has a great thing in store.
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