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Dallas Cowboys training camp 2008: The Battle of the Backups

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The countdown on the left says 0 days and just a few hours remaining until training camp starts. I thought we would never get to this point and now the season is just around the corner.

As the Cowboys head into camp this year every single starting position is pretty much a lock. The only real fight for a starting spot could be between Anthony Henry and Adam Jones but I forsee Henry starting on opening day against his old team. No, the real battles this year will be for those coveted backup roles, specifically #3 receiver and the #3 cornerback. Will Miles Austin finally start to realize his full potential this year? Will Orlando Scandrick push first-round draft pick Mike Jenkins (who isn't in Oxnard just yet) for the coveted nickel cornerback spot? All intriguing battles that will shape the depth of the team.

To me the most important roster spots to be filled will be on special teams. Last year our coverage wasn't all that spectacular and we lost some key players to free agency. It will be interesting to see who will be able to step up into the role of leader on special teams. On a team like the Cowboys, where all the starting spots (and much of the backups) are pretty much spoken for, young players need to make a name for themselves on special teams. Being aggressive and yearning to improve upon last year will go a long way for these fringe players to make the active roster.

Just a few more hours now until we get to read Grizz's first practice report.

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Various articles covering the start of camp:

Todd Archer says the Cowboys face high expectations this year.

The Cowboys have no doubt what their ultimate goal is.

Nick Eatman says that although camp is starting, there are still some unresolved issues.

According the JJT this is Wade Phillips' last season as coach, no matter what happens.