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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Opening Ceremony, Let The Football Begin

Training camp has finally arrived; Ryan Williams cut, Jeremy Mincey holding out, and Tom Brady's suspension was upheld forcing him to miss out on his game against the Cowboys.

Opening ceremonies! (OK, it's not quite this elaborate in Oxnard.)
Opening ceremonies! (OK, it's not quite this elaborate in Oxnard.)
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The wait is finally over. Training camp officially begins today.

From Oregon to Oxnard - Kent Garrison, Dallas Cowboys

A nice little visual stroll through the history of training camp, from Forest Grove, Oregon in 1960 to new addition of "The Star" facility in Frisco, Texas.

Special Edition Video: A Look Back At 2014 | Dallas Cowboys

The new season is right around the corner, but before it gets started, Cowboys TV takes a look back with a video that recaps an emotional 2014 season.

It's time to start getting to work, but not everyone will be participating.

Dallas Cowboys release RB Ryan Williams, LB Cameron Lawrence -

The Cowboys finally called it quits with Ryan Williams.

Williams, 25, was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2011 draft, but his professional career has been plagued by injuries. He missed the 2011 season with a ruptured patella tendon, most of the 2012 and all of the 2013 season after a shoulder injury, and could now miss the 2015 season after a knee injury. He underwent his second knee surgery after minicamp in June.

It's hard to draw out a players full potential when they can't seem to get themselves out on the field.

But alas, the Cowboys are keeping the line moving as they signed running back, Gus "Bus" Johnson to take Williams spot.

Johnson is an undrafted free agent out of Stephen F. Austin. The last time you heard the name Stephen F. Austin, you were probably filling out your March Madness brackets, but don't let the small school deter you from getting excited about Johnson. He was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year after rushing for 1,683 yards and 23 touchdowns on 256 carries. Over the course of his collegiate career, Johnson averaged 6.2 yards per carry and finished with 51 rushing touchdowns and 3,892 rushing yards.

Lost in the commotion is the release of linebacker, Cameron Lawrence. In 27 games with Dallas, Lawrence had 18 tackles. He could have had more if he was better at tackling people. Lawrence will now return to his old job of posing for the cover of Harlequin romance novels.

Moore: What Cowboys’ release of Ryan Williams means for RB-by-committee approach | Dallas Morning News

Trade for Adrian Peterson. Sign Chris Johnson. Give the ball to Boobie Miles. Many people still seem to think the Cowboys running back situation needs some revamping. The Cowboys are constantly trying to get better so you can't rule out the possibility of a veteran RB signing, but the coaching staff still seem calm and collective about the guys they have on the roster.

Another player not making the trip to Oxnard is making that choice himself.

Dallas Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey doesn’t report to training camp as he seeks new contract | David Moore,  Dallas Morning News

When the plane landed in Oxnard, Mincey did not get off.

A Cowboys official confirmed that the veteran defensive end has quietly sought to restructure his contract over the last several months but an agreement hasn’t been reached. Another source said that Mincey has been unsuccessful in working out out a contract extension with the Cowboys since February.

Bob Sturm’s 2014 Cowboys pass rush analysis (Weeks 13-16): Mincey, Crawford pester Eagles | Dallas Morning News

Sturm breaks down each sack during the final four weeks of the regular season. The Cowboys may have had only 28 sacks on the year, but 18 of them came in the second half of the season. The team definitely showed improvement as the season progressed.

Special Edition Video: Offseason Additions | Dallas Cowboys

A video taking a look at the new kids on the block. Expectations are big, but only time will tell if they have the right stuff.

The Cowboys have never beaten the Patriots with Tom Brady as their quarterback. And it looks like they won't get a chance in 2015.

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, including Patriots’ game with Cowboys, upheld | Dallas Morning News

The October 11th match up between Dallas and New England will feature the two former Eastern Illinois standouts. With no Tom Brady, the Patriots will turn to Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. It's inevitable that the second year QB should feel a little added pressure...from the balls being properly inflated.

Without Tom Brady, New England Patriots-Dallas Cowboys game not same - Todd Archer, ESPN

The only downside of beating the defending Super Bowl champs in week five will be how discounted the game will be without the golden boy behind center for the Patriots.

Some people aren't too happy about Brady's upheld suspension.

Tom Brady’s upheld suspension drawing Twitter ire for remaining same length as Greg Hardy’s | Joshua Friemel,  Dallas Morning News

Ok. It's sunk in.

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