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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Romo, Bryant, Witten, And Murray To Suit Up Tonight

Gameday, baby!

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More than Tony Romo to make debuts for Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten and Lance Dunbar will all make their preseason debut tonight.

"Let me tell you right now, I can’t wait," Bryant said. "Not me, but the offense just been waiting patiently. Me personally, I’m tired of going against the same guys, our defense. I’m ready to see another color."

Who's Playing, Who's Not vs. Cowboys -
The Ravens mothership expects Baltimore's starters to play between a quarter and the entire first half.

“Normally in the second preseason game you get a quarter, maybe a little more than a quarter,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “Some of that will be individualized for different players; we’ll have some play counts for a few guys, including Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players.”

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on the 2014 NFL season and beyond | The MMQB
The MMQB has an extensive interview with Tony Romo in which Romo talks about his future, Dez Bryant's progres, when he'll retire, and his offensive line:

It’s been a while since we’ve had a line this good. These guys are smart, dedicated, hard-working and they’re good. So I think we have a great chance to do some things we haven’t been able to do in years past. It’s going to be fun watching them play together this year. Zack is not your regular rookie who’s coming in wide-eyed and not understanding. He feels like a fourth-year guy who knows the system. I’m shocked whenever he doesn’t do something right, schematically. You can do a lot of different things in front of him right before the snap and he still picks it up quick. We’re lucky to have him.

Sullivan: Farewell Camp Thoughts From the Bald Head - Jeff Sullivan,
Sully offers up a long list of farewell camp thoughts, inlcluding these three thoughts on players who surprised at camp:

Rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens has had a really nice camp. Completely under the radar. Which is confusing since at times there seemed to be more media covering a football practice than at the White House briefing room. Still, didn’t hear much about Hitchens. The fourth-round pick has been solid, can play multiple positions, too, as can Justin Durant, who was hands down the defensive MVP of camp. It wasn’t even close, either.

Been two real surprises at camp for me, both on the defense, which is good news. Defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Davon Coleman. Now, there have always been players that practice better than they perform in games. That’s never going to change. That said, this duo has been explosive. Literally explosive. Can’t think of another word. And I know the front office brass has taken notice of both. Looking for sleepers to make the team? These are your two guys.

The team likes safety Jeff Heath a whole lot more than the fans realize. He’s also arguably the top special teams player on the team. The scouting department deserves a lot of credit for signing him as an undrafted free agent.

Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Ron Leary now on inside track in left guard battle with Mackenzy Bernadeau | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Funny how the headline suggests that Leary has the edge on Mackenzy Bernadeau for a starting spot, yet two coaches say that's not entirely accurate.

"Nothing has been decided at this juncture," Bill Callahan said. "We’re going to use the remainder of preseason games to assess and evaluate their performance and see who is getting better and we’ll play the best man."

Added Garrett, "We’re just going to have a competition there. Those guys are going to fight it out."

Cowboys show off upgrades to AT&T Stadium, want you to cheer with your phone | Dallas Morning News
Maybe this will get the home crowd a little more excited.

At a certain point in a game, [a new AT&T Stadium App] will send a push notification to the cell phones of those in attendance, telling fans to hit the "Unite this House" button. Those that hit the button will have their phone vibrate and the camera flash. The flashes will then be synced throughout the stadium.

Football Outsiders breaks down why they view 49ers as a 9.0 win team - Niners Nation
Football Outsiders put together their latest projections, and their mean projection for the 49ers is 9.0 wins, which comes on the heels of projecting the Cowboys as a 6.9-win team and should make for a much closer season opener than many people currently expect.

Coach Pete Carroll video detailing the Seahawks' tackling techniques | The MMQB
Interesting story here on how the Seahawks tackling techniques helps them stay aggressive while hitting within the rules.

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