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I smell training camp


Sniff…sniff…what’s that I smell? The first whiff of training camp. Yup, we’re within a week of the first practice. Hallelujah!

I know it’s almost time for training camp because a lot of the articles are about…you guessed it…training camp.

ESPN says our biggest issue is finding a legit #2 WR.

Teams will often shade the free safety to [Terrell] Owens' side, but late in the season, opponents also bracketed Jason Witten, who is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league, which really slowed this offense down. Patrick Crayton, last season's No. 2, put up good numbers (50 catches and 7 TDs), but is not a big playmaking threat. Backup developmental receivers Miles Austin and Sam Hurd will push Crayton for that spot this season and finding that complementary receiver to take pressure off Owens and Witten will be a huge lift to an offense that struggled late in the season.

Don Banks says it’s all about AJ being a choir boy.

Six weeks of good behavior is all that stands between Pacman, oops, Adam Jones and reinstatement to the NFL. If the ex-Titans cornerback and poster child for the league's get-tough approach to personal conduct can't stay off commissioner Goodell's radar screen between now until Sept. 1, then heaven (and Michael Irvin) help him.

And the LA Times – with a hat tip to the Star-T – goes with the standard.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo needs to prove he can win when it really counts. Two years ago, he botched the field-goal hold in Seattle and the Cowboys bit the dust. And last season, he couldn't get it done against the Giants.

That's consecutive one-and-done playoff performances. And a trend that goes back even further.

Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes that in the last three years Romo was the starter at Eastern Illinois, his team lost each of its three first-round games in the Division I-AA playoffs.

"Superman had his kryptonite," Lebreton wrote. "Tony Romo has the playoffs."

Here’s a looong article
about training camp from a paper near Oxnard


Tony Romo is getting in some final rounds of golf.


As BTB-regular sublimezg noted in this FanShot, the Dallas Cowboys website has a new look. About time. Their site was looking very old-fashioned; the new one looks more modern. I’ll have to get used to it but I give them a thumbs-up.

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