‘Arduous Knocks’ Energy Rankings: Jerry Jones, Trevon Diggs’ son amongst winners and losers from Episode 3


America’s Staff is again, child. Amid Dak Prescott‘s anticipated return and the approaching 2021 common season, the Cowboys returned to TV on Tuesday evening for the third episode of this yr’s version of “Arduous Knocks.” HBO’s annual coaching camp sequence, which runs weekly by means of Sept. 7 with an inside have a look at the membership’s preparations for the brand new yr, marks the third time Dallas has been featured on the present.

Who stood out in Tuesday’s third episode, simply the very best of the sequence to date? Who wants some work for Episode 4? Listed below are the winners and losers:

Winner: The Cowboys model

Jerry Jones can relaxation straightforward understanding the America’s Staff operation is as marketable as ever. We received a protracted (and weirdly quiet however visually spectacular) drone tour of The Star, his luxurious 91-acre headquarters. We received a number of pictures of Jerry boarding and deplaning a helicopter in shades.

And we received perhaps the very best “Arduous Knocks” episode in two years because of a slew of entertaining segments on everybody from rookie working backs to mailroom workers. Put it this fashion: I am an Eagles fan, and I preferred watching the Cowboys in Episode 3. This was probably the most interesting foray into their enterprise since Gary Myers wrote an entire e book on their #model

We do not imply to choose on the rookie linebacker on this column, however the present retains framing him like a man who cannot cease complaining, both about taking part in time or his protection assignments. This time round, he pushed again when each CeeDee Lamb and coach George Edwards insisted he made the mistaken reads in apply. Actual-game manufacturing, after all, would remedy all this.

Winner: Aaiden Diggs

The 4-year-old son of nook Trevon Diggs, he would possibly’ve been the star of the entire present. From displaying off his landing dances, mimicking Uncle Stefon Diggs‘ strikes, mistakenly hyping himself as much as meet Patrick Mahomes as a substitute of Dak Prescott, to screaming at Daddy Trevon from the stands of the Cowboys’ preseason recreation, he was cute and assured each time he hit the display screen.

Competing for the Cowboys’ backup quarterback job, he did not get an opportunity to flesh out his backstory. Even worse, nearly all of his display screen time concerned him throwing an interception or beating himself up for it. An Episode 4 roster reduce is likely to be on the horizon.

Winner: Each single profile section

This episode was a success — simply extra entertaining than something from 2020’s Chargers-Rams mixture — mainly due to its regular stream of facet tales. As an alternative of highlighting … a coach’s British accent? … we received extra private stuff from:

  • Isaac Alarcón, the Mexico native attempting to crack the roster as a backup deal with, who spent a number of minutes recounting his worldwide journey in Spanish, alongside household, and had his mother praying over his each snap within the preseason
  • JaQuan Hardy, the undrafted rookie working again who misplaced a contact lens in his preseason debut and had everybody from Dak Prescott to Ezekiel Elliott to RBs coach Skip Peete cracking up over his terminology for imaginative and prescient points
  • Jonathon Jackson, the fourth-generation Cowboys worker working the crew’s mailroom and spending free time as “the cardboard physician,” taking part in Spades with Dak and Zeke



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