Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Ready To Go; Cowboys Near Full Strength

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The Cowboys are flying out to Oxnard from Dallas today, and the excitement for the new season is building.

Tony Romo is ready to go for training camp - J. Machota, DMN
Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett both confirmed on Thursday that Tony Romo will be a full participant when training camp begins Sunday in Oxnard. End of story.

Tony Romo is the key to the Dallas Cowboys making the playoffs - Shutdown Corner
The Cowboys come in a lowly 18th on Shutdown Corner's preview of all 32 teams, but Brian McIntyre provides a well-balanced preview of the Cowboys, complete with a best case scenario and the following nightmare scenario:

"Romo struggles under the weight of his new contract, and behind a less-than-stout offensive line, and the defense does not adjust quickly enough to Kiffin's system to contend for the playoffs. The Cowboys miss the playoffs and Jerry Jones fires the coaching staff and starts from scratch in 2014."

Garrett Expresses Excitement For Camp, Getting Players Back - R. Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Head coach Jason Garrett is excited to finally get this new season under way:

"We worked really hard in the offseason, had a great offseason, and then you get away from football for a little bit and you start itching," he said. "I think we all are, as players and coaches, itching to get back to work. The plane departs for Oxnard tomorrow at 4 o’clock. We’re excited to be on it."

Cowboys Near Full Strength As Training Camp Approaches - R. Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Kavner writes that the Cowboys appear to be as healthy now as they’ve looked in a while, and attributes this to the way the Cowboys have monitored players coming off injury and to how they've reduced the workload in OTAs for players dealing with recent injuries.

Jerry Jones puts ‘Dallas Cowboys’ and ‘Super Bowl’ in same sentence…then laughs it off - J. Machota, DMN
Jerry Jones briefly addressed the DFW media on Thursday:

"I think we’ve taken some steps to go to the Super Bowl," Jones said before pausing a few seconds with a grin on his face. The Cowboys owner and general manager then chuckled and said: "If you want to do me a favor, don’t put that last thing in there."

The statement was met with a lot of laughter, but some DFW scribes may not have been laughing as hard as others.

Broaddus: Sit-Down With Chief Scout Gives Helpful Insight - DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus continues to write about a player named "Terrence Williams". Apparently, this is a wide receiver, but nobody by that name is to be found on the Cowboys roster. Apart from that, Broaddus offers an interesting read in which he picks Ciskowski's brain as they take a position-by-position look at the roster.

PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 14: Dallas Cowboys - ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys come in just behind the Giants in PFT's power rankings. The accompanying review is lengthy, gets most facts straight (though how $8.9 million in cap space can be described as "little salary cap room" is baffling), and offers this perspective on the new defense:

Kiffin’s defense works best when a team can rush just four and devote the other seven players to other duties. With Ware and Spencer crashing the edges and Ratliff and Hatcher capable of creating pressure up the middle, the Cowboys would seem to have the personnel to make this switch work.

Jason Witten thought a hot dog was going to end his Cowboys career - Shreveporttimes.com
Bill Parcells once caught Jason Witten eating a hot dog at halftime of a preseason game. After the incident, Witten thought for sure his days with the Cowboys were done. Here's Witten's version of events:

"It was raining, and I had played most of the first half, catching a touchdown pass, and we were beating the Saints pretty good," Witten said. "I figured I was finished at halftime, because starters usually didn’t play that much in preseason games. I walked under the stadium and saw the most beautiful hotdog you’ve ever seen. I dressed it all up with mustard, and ketchup and relish — then I was in mid-bite when coach (Bill) Parcells walked in."

"I felt about this big," he said spreading two giant fingers. "I didn’t figure I’d play another game as a Cowboy."

ESPN The Magazine takes shot at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo - DMN
ESPN continues to contribute to the TMZfication of sportswriting by tweeting a snarky message, which, according to the DMN, "the official Dallas Cowboys account seems to have let [...] slide without rebuttle [sic]. "

Ron Jaworski Ranks Joe Flacco Ahead of Drew Brees in His Stupid Quarterback Rankings - The Big Lead
What is the deal with ESPN ‘analysts’ going bonkers over a QB who wins the Super Bowl?

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