Courtney Brown looks to impress with the little time he has

I really don't think Brown has to worry that much.  Reeves and Jones are on a really short leash, and if Brown and Ball flash some ability and show they can handle the responsibilities that Phillip's gives them then they will be just fine.  And who knows we may keep 6 CB's.

Let the battle for a spot on the roster begin

Former Cal Poly stars Courtney Brown and Kyle Shotwell open their first NFL training camp this week

By Brian Milne

For the first time since they can remember, Courtney Brown and Kyle Shotwell head into a training camp at the bottom of the depth chart.

Their practice reps will be sparse and any mistakes they make could cost them a spot on the team.

Welcome to life in the NFL. Brown, a seventh-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, and Shotwell, a free-agent pickup by the Oakland Raiders, open training camps this week with plenty to prove if the rookies intend on making a 53-man roster Sept. 1.

"I know it’s going to be hard," said Brown, a cornerback. "It won’t be easy at all because all the guys out here are so talented. It could boil down to the smallest thing, because this is a business and you never know what they’re looking for out there."

Shotwell, a linebacker, might have a more difficult road as a free agent, joining an Oakland squad that brought in four linebackers during the offseason. The Raiders list eight linebackers on their roster heading into Friday’s training camp in Napa Valley.

"That’s the biggest difference about the NFL," Shotwell said. "When I came to Cal Poly, I signed a scholarship and knew I’d be there for four or five years. Here, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s the nature of professional sports. It’s a business. I’m just going to give it my all and hopefully I make the team and continue my career."

Brown, who hopes to finalize his contract with the Cowboys by midweek, Knows he has an uphill battle ahead of him as well.

Brown missed nearly all of the team’s volunteer workouts while he finished up his degree in the spring, while fellow rookie cornerback Alan Ball, who could be battling Brown for the final cornerback spot, drew high praise from the coaching staff throughout minicamp.

"I really don’t know how it’s all going to play out," said Brown, whose team opens camp Wednesday in San Antonio. "Hopefully they drafted me for a reason, and I can show that I’m worth it. All I can do is go out there and compete as hard as I can."

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