Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Minicamp Kicks Off, Free Agent Targets, History Of The 12 Personnel

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: the three-day mandatory minicamp kicks off today, the Cowboys still have $9.7 million in cap space available, and the 12 personnel was not invented by the Patriots.

Broaddus: Some Thoughts Entering Three-Day Minicamp - DallasCowboys.com
The Cowboys take to the field today for the start of a three-day minicamp at Valley Ranch. Bryan Broaddus breaks down a few things he’ll be looking for over the next three days.

Cowboys could start to sort out safeties - Dan Graziano, NFC East Blog
Graziano thinks the safety position will be the most interesting thing to watch in the Cowboys three-day minicamp starting today:

"Church is now one of the projected starters for this season, and Sensabaugh is gone. And while veteran Will Allen isn't necessarily a sure bet to go the way of Pool, the Cowboys would like to see 2012 fourth-round pick Matt Johnson show as well this offseason as Church did last. Johnson has received nothing but praise from the Cowboys' coaching staff and administration for his playmaking abilities, but he also has never played in an NFL game, as injuries kept him out for his entire rookie season. The Cowboys think he's going to be a good NFL safety, but at this point they really can't know what they have. That's why Allen is on the roster, but surely they'd be open-minded to making Johnson a starter if he shows he can stay healthy and handle the responsibility in the coming months."

Potential targets for Cowboys on free-agent market - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins has an idea of what the Cowboys should do with their $9.7 million cap space: sign more free agents. Watkins suggests Laurent Robinson, OT Winston Justice, RB Cedric Benson, DT Sedrick Ellis, and recently retired safety Ronde Barber as potential injury replacements.

A Brief History of 12 Personnel - Bob Sturm
If you think the two tight end set is a recent thing in Dallas or that it was invented (gasp!) by the Patriots, then you urgently need to read Bob Sturm's anything but brief history of the 12 personnel in Dallas.

Another early look at the Cowboys' roster - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer takes a stab at predicting the Cowboys' 53-man roster prior to minicamp, but doesn't include too many surprises. All Cowboys draft picks make the team, as does UDFA Brandon Magee. Some of the more recognizable names missing are Danny Coale, Lawrence Vickers, and Ryan Cook.

TE Gavin Escobar ‘expecting to be on the field’ during rookie season - Jon Machota, DMN
Despite an impressive college record (122 receptions in three years), Escobar said he feels like a freshman again, trying to learn the new playbook and adapt to NFL speed. But that won't stop him from competing to get on the field.

Roster Moves: Cowboys to sign DT Jeris Pendleton - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
According to Todd Archer, the Cowboys will sign the 6-foot-3, 328 pound defensive tackle in time to participate in today's minicamp. As the Cowboys are already at the 90-man roster limit, they'll be releasing somebody in the course of the day to make room for Pendleton.

Ravens will part ways with Fullback Vonta Leach - NFL.com
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly will trade or release the three-time All-Pro fullback. Look for the Cowboys to quickly be talked about as a potential destination.

Bears sign fullback Tony Fiammetta - Chicago Sun-Times
In related news, former Cowboy Tony Fiammetta may have found a new home in Chicago.

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