Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Going Back To Cali, Rookie Feelings, Thoughts on Camp

Ronald Martinez

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines as the countdown to training camp reaches single digits.

Unlike rest of league, Cowboys see advantage in traveling to train - Brandon George, DMN
Only four NFL teams leave their home state for training camp, and the Cowboys are the only team to travel farther than a neighboring state, George writes. In a lengthy and well-researched article, George looks at the cost of the operation for the Cowboys and concludes that irrespective of what camp may cost, don’t expect the Cowboys to host camp in North Texas anytime soon.

Ex-Cowboy Nate Newton on Camp: "Every night you go into bed thinking where am I going to be on the depth chart" - DMN
In a transcript of an interview on KESN-FM, Nate Newton gives some rare insight into what's going through the heads of the rookies and down-roster guys as they hit training camp:

"Early in my career, it was nervousness. When I was a rookie, it was total nervousness. Every night you go into bed thinking where am I going to be on the depth chart, how am I going to fit in, you’re counting the guys ahead of you, the veterans, you know, you already got 10 offensive linemen that they like, where do I fit into that rotation if at all, and you’re just looking at that depth chart every day and every night as a rookie and a first year player. "

Feeling like a rookie all over again - The News Tribune
Matt Johnson missed all of his rookie NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys - aside from 12 snaps in an exhibition game - because of hamstring and lower-back injuries, but fans of America’s Team know a Cowboy when they see one in public.

Storylines to follow at Dallas Cowboys training camp - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Dallas is changing defenses, play-callers and centers, so what else is new?

Position battles to watch in Dallas Cowboys training camp - Carlos Mendez, Star Telegram
Competition should be interesting at safety, strong-side linebacker and guard.

Questions abound as Oxnard awaits for Cowboys - David Moore, DMN
The O-line, the 4-3, the size of the defensive ends, a rehash of the playcalling stuff, Dez, and $108 million.

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NFC East not what it used to be, but here’s how it stacks up - Rick Gosselin, DMN
Rick Gosselin paints a dire picture of the NFC East, and points to the salary cap (introduced 19 years ago) as a key reason for why the NFC East isn't what it used to be. Interesting perspective, though you've got to wonder how the fact that since realignment in 2002, the NFC East has sent more teams to the playoffs than any other NFL divison fits that narrative.

Is Kerry Rhodes on the Eagles radar? - Bleeding Green Nation
Kerry Rhodes' market seems to be heating up. According to the 30-year old safety, he is currently interested in four teams that presumably have mutual interest, writes Mike Kaye of BGN. The Eagles have spent almost nothing on their secondary so far this offseason, had the second-worst defensive passer rating in the league last year, and are sitting on $22.5 of cap space. Not that hard to see a possibility here.

Orakpo: “I’m 100, 200, 300 [percent] - whatever that number may be." - Redskins.com
Notwithstanding some highly questionable math, a healthy Orakpo will be a formidable addition for the Redskins.

New York Giants head list of now-or-never teams - NFL.com
Is the window for the Giants closing? Gil Brandt lists six key Giants over the age of 30 and hints the Giants must strike while they can still walk.

Hernandez Among Many Who Found Trouble at Florida in the Meyer Years - NYTimes.com
Of the 121 players on the Gators 2008 football team, a staggering 41 have been arrested to date, either in college or afterward, and sometimes both.

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