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The RanchReport.com dumps a long article (sub. req.) on us that tends to ramble on about what the Cowboys need to do to take the next step this year. Let me give you the short version.

Either Al Johnson or Andre Gurode need to step up and take over the center position. OK, talk about riding the fence. Tell us who it will be or give us some reasons why each has a legitimate shot.

Bradie James must build on his excellent season from last year. No kidding.

Roy Williams needs to show more leadership. I kind of agree with that, but it's hard for a quiet guy to become more vocal. I expect Bradie James is going to end up being the vocal leader of the defense.

This needs to be the year of Terence Newman's emergence. Of course he had a good year last year, but this year he needs to show how dominant he can truly be. He should become as feared as Deion Sanders was in his prime.

Julius Jones needs to show he's not injury-prone and that he's just been unfortunate. Understatement of the year.

Good to see ex-Cowboy great Tony Dorsett helping out the kids in a football camp, especially kids affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The 2006 Pro Power Football Camp will offer Washington DC area youth and over 50 displaced youth of Hurricane Katrina full scholarships to participate in a week-long football camp taught by top NFL Pro Bowl players including Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys / Hall of Fame 1994), Santana Moss (Washington Redskins), Clinton Portis (Washington Redskins), Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman (San Diego Chargers), Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals) and 18 others.

What's up with Shawne Merriman including a nickname, "Lights Out", in a formal press release? Methinks someone is trying extra hard to create an image and a moniker to go with it for Merriman. After all, image sells, so creating a catchy nickname may be the way to endorsements and a higher profile. But it seems kind of crass to include it in the press release, especially when you're only a 1-year player and it feels like your just trying to push the name on people.

OK, end of rant.