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Nick Eatman talks about five veterans to watch in mini-camp here.

Mac Engel has a story on Mike Vanderjagt here.

This guy puts Dallas at the top of the list of most-improved teams due to offseason moves.

Five teams improved the most

1. Cowboys. By adding receiver Terrell Owens and kicker Mike Vanderjagt to a 9-7 team, the Cowboys virtually assured themselves of another winning record. But that's not all they did.

Coach Bill Parcells continued to make additions to his preferred 3-4 defense. They signed linebacker Akin Ayodele from Jacksonville and made linebacker Bobby Carpenter their No. 1 draft pick.

They added tight end Ryan Hannam from Seattle and made tight end Anthony Fasano their No. 2 draft pick.

Although losing veteran Larry Allen to San Francisco can't help an offensive line that often struggles to protect statuesque Drew Bledsoe, the addition of Jason Fabini and Kyle Kosier plus the return to health of Flozell Adams are plusses.

The Cowboys are expected to line up tight end Jason Witten and Fasano together, opening up things even more for Owens and the best deep threat in the game, Terry Glenn.

Even our cast-offs help another team make the list.

2. Panthers. The Cowboys couldn't use Keyshawn Johnson anymore after signing Owens, but the Panthers sure can. They had no one to consistently take pressure off Steve Smith last year, which didn't seem to faze Smith much. Just think what Johnson might be able to do.

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