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Cowboys News: Romo's New Motion, Claiborne's Mind Ahead Of His Body, Special Teams A Focus

The Cowboys are starting to focus on the regular season as they get ready for the first game.

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First off, the injury news from Monday morning.

Anthony Spencer Still Out As Opening Week Begins - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

The 29-year-old Spencer's injury means journeyman George Selvie could start against the Giants. Selvie didn't join the Cowboys until the fourth day of camp.

Dallas' Ronald Leary returns to practice - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas

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.

Romo discovers 'something special' with throwing change

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.

Cowboys Corner: Mo Claiborne: Body needs to catch up with mind; shaking off rust with first team and scout team reps

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."

Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne believes the Giants will target him Sunday | Dallas Cowboys Blog

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."

Broaddus: Rosario Move More About Faith In Andre Smith

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 Smith was 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.

Has former NY Giants LB Kyle Bosworth been asked by Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo what to expect Sunday in opener?: ‘We’ve talked about it a little bit’ | Dallas Cowboys Blog

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."

Cowboys Corner: Giants studying USC film and Tampa Bay film to get a feel for what Monte Kiffin wants to do

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.

Infographic: A Detailed Look At The Roster Breakdown

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.

O-Line, Murray Still Confident Despite Lack Of Continuity

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 Murray are 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.

Dallas confident in injured projected starters Ronald Leary - ESPN Dallas

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.

Cowboys Corner: Jason Garrett: Cowboys roster moves, trade and waiver claim were all done with special teams in mind

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.

Cowboys Corner: Edgar Jones knows why Cowboys, one of his favorite teams, traded for him: special teams

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."

Dallas thin at corner, but not at 2010 level - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas

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.


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