IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' offseason comes to an end after Thursday's final minicamp practice, but the club has already been saving some of the veterans for training camp.
Coach Jason Garrett has rested some of the regulars over the last two weeks of work. Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, Brandon Carr and Barry Church did not take part in the two-minute drill in Wednesday's workout. Dez Bryant did not take part in every snap. Doug Free was replaced by Jermey Parnell for a spell.
"It's really just to see those young guys and see some of the other guys that we're counting on," Garrett said, "and give them an opportunity to show what they can do; work with the ones, be in some of the situations we've been working on and see how they respond."
Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar had a fourth-down catch in a two-minute drill that ended in a Bryant touchdown. Cornerback Sterling Moore shut down a throw to Terrance Williams in the end zone. Tyrone Crawford forced an incomplete pass with a pressure.
"We'll continue to do that and see how they respond to the work," Garrett said.
Thursday's practice will be the Cowboys' first at AT&T Stadium. It will be followed by a family cookout.
Players can continue to work out at Valley Ranch until 10 days before training camp starts. Injured players will continue to rehab. The rookies will continue their full-scale workouts for another week, but the on-field work with the coaches will end until the team reconvenes in Oxnard, California, on July 22.