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DALLAS COWBOYS CALENDAR: NFL announces 2015 offseason workout dates | Dallas 2015 OTA dates | Cowboys voluntary & mandatory camp calendar 2015

DALLAS COWBOYS CALENDAR: NFL announces 2015 offseason workout dates | Dallas 2015 OTA dates | Cowboys voluntary & mandatory camp calendar 2015

The mover & shaker mode of free agency is winding down. Super Bowl XLIX is in the rearview mirror. That means it’s almost time for all 32 teams to start their offseason programs.

Below are the key offseason dates to know for your 2015 Dallas Cowboys and their evil NFC East rivals.  Continue reading →

COWBOYS CAMP COUNTDOWN: Your Dallas Cowboys 2014-2015 Training Camp Calendar and Schedule

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IRVING, Texas – The start of 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California is only days away.

The Cowboys announced the tentative schedule for their trip today …

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2014 OFFSEASON WORKOUTS BEGIN: Tony Romo celebrates birthday with return to practice field

2014 OFFSEASON WORKOUTS BEGIN: Tony Romo celebrates birthday with a return to the practice field

IRVING, Texas– Today marks the beginning of the voluntary portion of team workouts, both for the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL as a whole – though you wouldn’t know it’s optional, judging by the full parking lots at Valley Ranch.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Dallas Cowboys featured on NFL Network’s Dynasty Week

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IRVING, Texas – This week is the Dallas Cowboys turn to be featured on NFL Network’s Dynasty Week, which runs each week with a new team throughout March.

The Cowboys are one of five NFL dynasties, along with the Packers, Patriots, Steelers and 49ers, that will be featured. Each “Dynasty Week” will feature team-related segments on NFL AM and NFL Total Access, as well as interviews with guests associated with each team.

Additionally, throughout the week NFL Network will show team-related editions of such shows as A Football Life, America’s Game, NFL’s Top 10 and Sound FX, as well as classic games and Super Bowl re-airs.

The series for the Dallas Cowboys begins Monday and continues through Sunday, April 6. Former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton and former Cowboys defensive back Everson Walls are among the in-studio guests.

Cowboys Week features the following Cowboys-related programming:

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Monday, March 31

3:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
2:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
3:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
4:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames

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Tuesday, April 1

1:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson 
2:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
3:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Terrell Owens
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1975 Divisional Playoff – Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
4:30 AM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

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Wednesday, April 2

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Bill Parcells
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
9:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

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Thursday, April 3

1:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 17, 1993 – Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 14, 1994 – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Friday, April 4

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Tony Romo 
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1995 NFC Championship Game – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Saturday, April 5

8:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 AM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
10:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
3:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
4:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
5:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
6:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
12 Midnight CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

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Sunday, April 6

8:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
9:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
10:00 AM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
2:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
3:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
4:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
5:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
6:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
7:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
8:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
10:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
10:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
11:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
11:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
12 Midnight CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12:30 AM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

THE BUDGET IN REVIEW: Managing the Dallas Cowboys roster and contracts 2014 2015 NFL season | Roster tweaks, restructuring, and salary cap

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The Dallas Cowboys (and most NFL teams) will be handcuffed this off-season while trying to upgrade their roster while maneuvering through the NFL’s salary cap restraints.

They won’t have much money to work with in free agency, similar to last season when they were only able to add complementary pieces at the right price — like linebacker Justin Durant and safety Brodney Pool.

That means the Dallas Cowboys must draft well. They did for the most part in 2012, highlighted by key additions in center Travis Frederick (first round) and receiver Terrance Williams (third round).

A fourth consecutive year with no playoff game leaves the Cowboys facing another long off-season. Below, we take a look at some of the key issues the Dallas Cowboys must address before training camp begins in late July:

Getting under the salary cap

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The NFL’s 2014 salary cap is projected to be $126.3 million. The Cowboys are projected to be a league-high $31 million over the cap.

But the club’s salary cap woes aren’t anything new. They’ve pushed off their problems year after year as they try to cash in on their aging core before it’s too late.

Teams continue to restructure veterans’ contracts each off-season. They reduce players’ salaries down to or near the veteran minimum and turn the rest into bonus money to create more cap space. The downside, however, is that it increases the players’ cap figures in future years.

It’s a common practice around the league and makes the salary cap more of a charade because of the way NFL executives can manipulate contracts.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones is in charge of the Dallas Cowboys salary cap. When it comes to free agency, the Cowboys believe they will be able to do what they need.

The NFL free agency period opens March 11, which is when the Dallas Cowboys have to be under the 2014 salary cap.

Free agent strategy will include bargain hunting

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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says the most important task his staff has each off-season is to evaluate the players Dallas already has. The coaches and scouting department will also be busy looking for new faces to upgrade the roster.

That process begins in earnest with the start of Senior Bowl practices Jan. 20 in Mobile, Ala., and continues at the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 19-25 in Indianapolis.

The Cowboys will need to draft well considering their tight salary cap. The Cowboys will have to decide who they re-sign among their free agents and be bargain shoppers in pursuing other free agents across the league.

Starting defensive linemen Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher aren’t likely to be re-signed by the Cowboys unless they come at the right price.

The Cowboys used their franchise tag on Spencer for a second consecutive season but he played in only one game. Spencer underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee Oct. 1 and is still recovering.

Hatcher is coming off of his best season with the Cowboys, recording a career- and team-high 11 sacks, but he said a week ago he’ll go to the highest bidder this off-season as he tests the market for likely the last time in his career.

The Cowboys obviously won’t be in great position to outbid teams in free agency, especially for defensive linemen in their 30s.

Drafting soundly will be critical

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The Cowboys will have a few extra weeks to prepare for what will be an important draft for them as they look to upgrade their roster.

The NFL draft has been pushed back this year from late April to May 8-10.

Over the next few weeks, the Cowboys will evaluate their biggest needs for 2014 before the front office, coaching staff and scouting department heads to Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 20 for the start of Senior Bowl practices.

The No. 1 need area for the Cowboys is clearly their defensive line. Three of the team’s four projected defensive line starters in 2013 aren’t likely to return, leaving end DeMarcus Ware as the lone man standing.

At minimum, the Cowboys will need to add potential starters at defensive end and tackle. The Cowboys’ defense, which finished last in the NFL this season, also needs help at outside linebacker, safety and cornerback.

Some would like to see the Cowboys draft a quarterback to begin developing, Dallas defense is flawed in several areas and needs immediate help.

On offense, the Cowboys could look to draft a receiver if they part ways with veteran Miles Austin this off-season. Considering the Cowboys’ youth at receiver, perhaps a veteran receiver via free agency would be a better fit if Austin doesn’t return.

Adding depth along the offensive line would also be smart for the Cowboys, especially if six-time Pro Bowl right guard Brian Waters decides to retire.

The Cowboys were one of six teams that finished 8-8 this season. They will draft either 16th or 17th overall based on a coin flip with Baltimore that will take place in February at the NFL scouting combine. The Dallas Cowboys selected 14th overall in last year’s draft.

Cleaning up contracts — a vicious cycle

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The Cowboys have some difficult decisions ahead of them with how to handle the current contracts of some aging veterans.

Though getting under the salary cap by March 11 looks daunting now, the Cowboys can make it happen with relative ease.

They can cut more than $35 million off of their 2014 salary cap by restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, defensive end DeMarcus Ware, linebacker Sean Lee, tight end Jason Witten, cornerback Brandon Carr and cornerback Orlando Scandrick and making wide receiver Miles Austin a post-June 1 cut.

The Cowboys would save $5.5 million in cap space by making Austin a post-June 1 cut. Austin and Ware both restructured their contracts last off-season, but the Cowboys could ask each to take a pay cut this off-season to save money, the same way right tackle Doug Free did in 2013.

Austin, who will be 30 this summer, is coming off of his worst season as a starter with the Cowboys. He again struggled to stay healthy, finishing with only 24 catches for 244 yards and no touchdowns. His base salary in 2014 is scheduled to be $5.5 million with a salary cap hit of $8.25 million.

Ware said Monday he’s not interested in taking a pay cut but would again restructure his contract to help the Cowboys’ free up some cap space. Ware, who will be 32 next season and finished with a career-low six sacks in 2013, is scheduled to make $12.2 million in 2014 and has a cap hit of $16 million.

Key off-season dates – NFL Dallas Cowboys calendar 2014

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Jan. 20 — Week of Senior Bowl practices begin in Mobile, Ala.

Jan. 26 — Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb. 17 — First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players

Feb. 19-25 — NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

March 3 — Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players

March 11 — First day of the 2014 league year; all clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap; 2014 free agency period begins.

April 21 — Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workouts

May 8-10 — 2014 NFL Draft in New York City, N.Y.

Dallas Cowboys free agents

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Here’s a look at the 2014 Dallas Cowboys free agents:

Exclusive rights (Two years of experience; can’t negotiate with other teams)

Chris Jones – punter

Restricted (3 years of experience, can negotiate with other teams; Cowboys right to match)

Dan Bailey – kicker

Phillip Tanner – running back

Unrestricted (can negotiate with any team, Cowboys don’t have right to match)

Ryan Cook – center

Jason Hatcher – defensive tackle

Edgar Jones – defensive end

Jon Kitna – quarterback

Danny McCray – safety

Ernie Sims – linebacker

Anthony Spencer – defensive end

Brian Waters – right guard

Jarius Wynn – defensive end

NFL ANNOUNCES 2014 MATCHUPS: Here’s a look at the Dallas Cowboys 2014 2015 home and away opponents

The Dallas Cowboys schedule for next season is mostly set. Only one date — the team will travel across the pond to face Jacksonville in London on Nov. 9 — is known. The dates and times for the other 15 games will be announced in the spring.

The Cowboys have to face the AFC South and NFC West next season. Only four of their opponents won fewer than seven games this season.

The full 2014-2015 NFL schedule with times and dates will be released in April.

Dallas Cowboys 2014 home games: Dallas Cowboys 2014 road games:
New York Giants (7-9) New York Giants (7-9)
Philadelphia (10-6) Philadelphia (10-6)
Washington (3-13) Washington (3-13)
Arizona (10-6) St. Louis (7-9)
San Francisco (12-4) Seattle (13-3)
Houston (2-14) Jacksonville (4-12) — at London
Indianapolis (11-5) Tennessee (7-9)
New Orleans (11-5)

Chicago (8-8)

Here’s a look at the entire NFC East home and away opponents for the upcoming 2014-2015 NFL season:

  

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DALLAS COWBOYS CALENDAR: 2013 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp schedule

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It’s expected to be 69 degrees when the Cowboys reach Oxnard, Calif., Friday. The team has a new defensive scheme and offensive play caller. Before training camp breaks Aug. 16, the Cowboys will practice 38 times to help determine the fate of the 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys.

Let’s examine the Dallas Cowboys most pressing questions …

OFFENSIVE LINE: The Cowboys need dramatic improvement on the offensive line to break away from two consecutive 8-8 seasons. Left tackle Tyron Smith has a chance to be dominant. He is strong, persistent and determined to get better. He has Pro Bowl potential. Right tackle Doug Free’s 2012 performance led to sharing time with Jermey Parnell. Free took a pay cut to remain with the team. The interior of the line will receive the most attention. It’s possible that first-round pick Travis Frederick will anchor the center position. If Frederick lives up to his potential, a strong camp could land Phil Costa a starting job at guard in addition to backup center. The battle at the two guard spots will be most intense. Left guard Nate Livings is solid. Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau finished strong after a slow start in 2012, but he’s missed the last two off-season programs with injuries. Ron Leary will also challenge for one of the starting jobs at guard.

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DEFENSIVE SHIFT: Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli were hired to install a 4-3 scheme that should produce more turnovers. The scheme is relatively simple compared with what defensive coordinator Rob Ryan asked his players to execute the last two seasons. But to work, the team must avoid the injuries that devastated the defense in 2012. Cowboys officials have said consistently they expect the players to make the transition to a new scheme. When it comes to defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, there is an expectation those players will shine even more. Linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer will now be undersized defensive ends. That’s fine if the Cowboys have a lot of size in the interior of the line, but they don’t. While it’s true Ware and Spencer will be closer to the quarterback and will get to rush more, it’s also true they will be in more traffic at the line of scrimmage. Cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne were solid last season in Ryan’s 3-4 scheme. This year they’ll have to adapt to the 4-3 coverage’s. The safety position is far from settled coming into camp this season. The team has five candidates vying for those starting jobs and rotations.

PLAYCALL MECHANICS: Jason Garrett has called the offensive plays for this franchise since 2007. He’s turned those duties over to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Whether he did this willingly or grudgingly is no longer relevant. What matters is how Garrett, Callahan and the rest of the offensive coaching staff execute this passing of the play sheet. Bill Callahan will likely be more persistent with the run game than Garrett. A commitment to run the ball more and an expected increase in packages that call for more two-tight end sets should help when the team is inside the shadow of the goalposts. The players will get a feel for what Callahan likes during this camp. The staff will also have five preseason games to work out the mechanics of how those plays will be delivered.

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ON THE RISE: Dez Bryant entered his first two training camps as a prodigy in search of maturity with a need to refine his technique and consistency. The perception of Bryant entering this training camp is different. He is the team’s top receiver. Anything short of 100 receptions and a Pro Bowl would be considered a letdown. If Bryant’s dramatic improvement continues, he will be one of the league’s elite WRs in 2013.

THE ROMO FACTOR: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is convinced Tony Romo is the quarterback to lead his franchise back to the Super Bowl. A six-year, $108 million extension makes that clear. The highest-paid player in Cowboys history must now deliver. Romo has been given more input than ever before. He helped with the installation of the offense this off-season and will have a greater voice in the weekly game plan. “I don’t like being an average football team,” Romo said.

 

DALLAS COWBOYS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

July 20 Training camp – Oxnard, CA – Click HERE for schedule
July 21-24 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice
July 25 Players day off, no practice
July 26 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice
July 27 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 7:15 pm Practice
July 28 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 4:30 pm Scrimmage
July 29-30 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice
July 31 Players day off, no practice
Aug 1 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice Military Appreciation Day
Aug 2 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 7:15 pm Practice
Aug 3 Walk-through, travel to Canton, Ohio
Aug. 4 Hall of Fame Game – Cowboys vs. Dolphins (7 p.m.) – Canton, OH
Aug 5 Players day off, no practice
Aug 6 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice Military Appreciation Day
Aug 7 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice
Aug 8 12:30 p.m.: Walk-through, team travel to Oakland
Aug. 9 Preseason Game 2 – Dallas Cowboys at Oakland (9 pm)
Aug 10 Players day off, no practice
Aug 11 7:15 pm Practice
Aug 12 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice First Responders Appreciation Day
Aug 13 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice Military Appreciation Day
Aug 14 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 6 pm Practice (closed to public)
Aug 15 12:30 Walk-through; 2 pm Garrett news conference; 7:15 pm Practice
Aug 16 Walk-through, break training camp, travel to Phoenix

(Note: Walk-through practices and news conferences are not open to the public)

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COWBOYS 2013 OTA PRIMER: Thoughts entering this weeks Organized Team Activities

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With Organized Team Activities kicking off today for the next three weeks, I thought I would take a few moments to give you some of my thoughts:

  • Despite all the questions that will be asked of Tony Romo on Tuesday about the comments made by Jerry Jones during the offseason, I honestly believe that nothing will change in his approach to how he gets ready to play these games and his interactions with Jason Garrett and Bill Callahan. Starting quarterbacks around the league have input to the type of plays that the club is going to run each week. When Brett Favre was a first year starter for us in Green Bay, Mike Holmgren would go through each play that week and ask Brett what he felt comfortable with. Tony Romo has always been a hard worker in his preparation and knowledge of what the plan was going into the game. I can speak from experience in visiting with him after games and being amazed with his ability to recall play by play, read by read of what happened to him in a game. You don’t do this by accident, you have this ability because you are really locked into what is happening on the field but also what the coaches are trying to do and this will never change.
  • Two weeks ago, these rookies got a big taste of what will be expected of them each day they step on the practice field under this coaching staff. In my years in the NFL, I have always been a huge fan of bringing in the rookies early before the veterans just for this reason. Let the rookies get that feel of the pace and let them make mistakes that can be corrected then and there. In training camp coaches are teaching with the thought of getting ready to play games and don’t always have the time to go back and make major corrections. In these OTAs and mini camps, it’s easier to take a step back and coach these rookies using the examples of these veteran players as examples. Terrance Williams didn’t have the best start to his rookie camp but now he can study how Dez Bryant and Miles Austin run their routes and with that mental picture it can help him get a better understand of what he is going to have to do to be successful going forward.
  • Injuries made things very difficult for this squad last season. In this first OTA practice, there will be a few players that will not take part in the action, but guys like Sean Lee, Barry Church, Bruce Carter, Jay Ratliff and Matt Johnson will be in the mix. These camps will be especially important for a guy like Johnson who lost his entire rookie season to a hamstring problem that never healed. When this camp opens it will be Johnson and Church at safeties to start.Kyle Wilber is another player like Johnson that will also be looking for a second chance to show better at defensive end. Players that will be limited in the camp will be DeMarcus Ware, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Danny Coale, who will have his hands full in an attempt to make this squad at wide receiver.
  • It was this time last year where I noticed several players that appeared to make that jump from one season to another. Dez Bryant physically looked in better shape and his routes were run with purpose. Dwayne Harris played with better quickness and Barry Church stepped up and begun his quest to win the starting job. Players that I am going to keep an eye on that could possibly make that jump are: Jermey Parnell, Tyrone Crawford, Ronald Leary and James Hanna. Of these four players, Crawford has the most experience and he was only a rookie. Parnell will be given every opportunity to start over Doug Free. I feel like Leary is most likely a year away but Hanna is very intriguing to me. Just watching him play during training camp and then going back and talking to folks about how he practiced each week gives me a great deal of hope that he could develop into something special. I like what I am hearing about using this “12” personnel group but my gut tells me that Hanna will be the one that takes advantage of the situation to work with Witten. I do like Gavin Escobar a great deal but he doesn’t move up the field like James Hanna does. Keep an eye on these four players and see who makes that jump in 2013.
  • I will be very interested to see how much progress that cornerback B.W. Webb is going to make the next three weeks. He was clearly the best corner on the field during the rookie mini-camp and with the veterans in the mix will he be able to carry that over now that they are here? Webb did play mainly on the right side and on the depth chart as it sits, he is behind Mo Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick. He will not start ahead of Claiborne but can he show enough ability to work ahead of Scandrick not only on the depth chart but in the role of the nickel corner. Webb has the talent to put pressure on Scandrick but he doesn’t have the experience. I see this competition as a good thing because last season it just wasn’t there and Scandrick knew that but with Webb on the squad, it’s going to make him have to elevate his level of play to keep his job. 

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst/Scout


Today, kicks off the first of three OTA’s scheduled by the Dallas Cowboys …

May 21-23 Organized Team Activities (OTAs)
May 28-30 Organized Team Activities (OTAs)
June 3-6 Organized Team Activities (OTAs)

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