First off, the injury news from Monday morning.
Also, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (ankle) and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (groin) returned to practice after some minor injuries.
Among the missing were running back Lance Dunbar (foot), safeties Danny McCray(hamstring) and Eric Frampton (calf).
OK. Now on to other stuff.
Remember. Tony Romo does like to play a little golf. And golfers are into this kind of stuff. They tinker with swings and such all the time, and are serious as an IRS audit about it all.
"I don't want to get into all the details of it," Romo recently revealed as part of a pair of one-on-one interviews. "But I really think it can be a positive change.
Mo Claiborne also was a full participant in practice, after missing about a month.
In addition to working on his conditioning, Claiborne is using the extra reps to shore up his technique and get his body to catch up with his mind.
"I feel like I can clean up my feet a little bit," Claiborne said. "I'm a little bit all over the place right now, but I know that's no problem. I feel like my mind is right. I feel like my mind is ready. I've just got to get by body caught up with my mind."
Maybe they are hoping his body is still a bit behind.
In two games last season, the Giants targeted Claiborne nine times, completing seven of those passes for 53 yards. And he expects them to attack him again because he is returning from an injury.
"I knew they were going to come after me regardless of the fact, if I had double coverage, triple coverage, they were coming at me," he said. "But last year I learned a lot."
Here is a breakdown of why the Cowboys moved on from Dante Rosario and kept Andre Smith as the fourth TE.
This move is more about the type of training camp that
Andre Smithwas having. Smith was projected more as a blocker that was too slow and clumsy to be any type of a threat in this "12" personnel package, but he proved he was far from that type of tag. He was able to get down the field and become a reliable target.
There were several practices in Oxnard and in the Cincinnati game where we observed soft hands and nimble moves on routes. His ability to sustain and stay square on blocks at the point was noticeable as well. He gives them some power at the point of attack that the other tight ends don't provide.
Well, you have to ask the man, don't you?
Bosworth said playing for the Cowboys fulfills a "childhood dream." Bosworth said that Tony Romo has already reached out to him to ask what the Giants defense might do against the Cowboys on Sunday.
"We've talked about it a little bit," he said. "I'm sure that's for later."
I hadn't thought of it until now, but this is a challenge to prepare for.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been watching a lot of film. Not just of the Cowboys defense, but of the USC defense and the old Tampa Bay defenses to try and get a feel for what Monte Kiffin likes to do.
This is just too cool. You have to take a look at this. One really interesting fact from this: Of the 52 players currently on the Dallas roster, 19 are undrafted free agents.
We don't know for sure who is going to be at right tackle or either guard. No problem, right?
Regardless of the combination, the few definite starters on the line and running back
DeMarco Murrayare confident the Cowboys can figure out how to be effective offensively.
"I have a tremendous amount of faith," Murray said. "They're great guys, one of the hardest working groups on our team. Coach Frank (Pollack), Coach (Bill) Callahan do a great job with those guys. They'll be ready come Sunday."
Faith. That may be a good word for it. I guess it is OK for players. At least the coaches don't get drawn into this kind of thinking.
If all goes well this week with his health, Leary will make his debut. Leary, however, has missed valuable practice time while nursing the injury.
"Well, you'd rather have it the other way, where he's practicing every day," coach Jason Garrett said. "But that's not the nature of our game, so you have to deal with what the situation is, and he really did a nice job for us in the spring when he was healthy. In training camp, he did a nice job, played well in the games. We feel very confident about him. But, again, we have to get him healthy and practicing. We will see if we can do that over the next couple of days."
Oh, thanks a lot, there, coach.
For those of you wondering about the current composition of the secondary group:
The decision at safety to keep veterans Danny McCray and Eric Frampton in reserve roles in addition to grooming rookies Jeff Heath and J.J. Wilcox behind starters Will Allen and Barry Church was rooted in their impact on special teams.
It leaves the Cowboys thin at cornerback with just four on the roster but it's a chance the Cowboy are willing to take to shore up a special teams unit that was gashed throughout the preseason on returns.
He was brought in for a specific role. And he likes it.
"I enjoy it, man. You're on special teams, you only get 20, 25 plays a game, but each play is going 100 mph," he said. "I've just always enjoyed special teams. I found my knack and what it was that I could do, and it was covering kicks and protection."
Cowboys opened that season with Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick as the only true cornerbacks on the 53-man roster with safeties Alan Ball and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah also having some cornerback ability.
Any time Ball and AOA are part of your solution, then obviously you still have a problem.
And just to let you know.