J.J. Wilcox hears it from Jason Garrett

OXNARD, Calif. – Rookie third-round pick J.J. Wilcox has been one of the most talked about players in Cowboys training camp for the way he has been around the ball and hit players.

After the first preseason game Sunday against Miami, coach Jason Garrett wants to see more sound play.

“He needs to run,” Garrett said. “You can hit everybody all day long but if you can’t get to the point to hit the guy, you’re not going to be real good. He needs to understand to play with urgency 100 percent of the time and he will. It was evident to him on tape. He’s a conscientious kid. He can be a really good player. He just needs to keep working on what it takes to play at this level.”

With the veterans resting, Wilcox started and was credited with six tackles. He also had a special teams tackle. He thought his performance was “pretty good,” but understands there is a lot of room to improve.

“Just be more critical of yourself, grade yourself harder than what you usually do,” Wilcox said. “Just come out there and play full speed. That’s the main thing. And just let it go.”