The Dallas Cowboys began training camp with their annual opening ceremony on Monday afternoon with Fort Wayne native Jaylon Smith taking the field.
The Bishop Luers grad continues to build up his surgically repaired knee at he attempts to make his NFL debut this season.
The former Notre Dame stud went down with a devastating knee injury in his final collegiate game, thus causing Smith to miss his first season in the NFL.
The Cowboys are taking it easy with the Bishop Luers grad, but they have loved what they've seen so far out of their second-year rookie.
"Jaylon's had an outstanding offseason," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said at a press conference on Saturday.
"He's made great strides. He really handled all of the work we asked him to handle. He went over every hurdle that he needed to go over, so he's in a really good position starting training camp."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones looks at Smith like he's a new draft pick heading into training camp.
"To me, he's just like looking at number one draft pick out here coming out onto the field for the first time," Jones said at the pre-training camp press conference.
"We all know his circumstances and what he needs to overcome . It looks really good. All testing, all feeling, really looks as good as I could have hoped that it would look."
The Cowboys play in the annual, preseason Hall of Fame game on Thursday August 3, 2017 against the Arizona Cardinals.