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Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys give Tony Romo & Jason Witten the day off; Ronald Leary sys he's 'definitely the starter' at left Guard; Too early for RB pecking order?

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The Dallas Cowboys are getting all the practices in this week in preparation for the Blue and White scrimmage coming this weekend. Though yesterday's headlines all centered around Darren Woodson getting his due, it's now back to the training camp grind for the current team.

Darren Woodson: The Irreplaceable One To Become A Cowboys' Immortal - Dawn Macelli - Blogging The Boys

Like his Ring of Honor predecessor, Cliff Harris, Darren Woodson changed the way his position was played. Both men struck fear in the hearts of their opposition and each was capable of changing the tone of a game with a single hit.

Well said my friend, well said.

Which Current Players Are Ring Of Honor Worthy? - Drew Davison - Star-Telegram

Now that Darren Woodson - or "Woody" as he is affectionately known by Cowboys fans - is on his way to the Ring of Honor, Davison takes a look at the current crop of players that could follow. Tex Schramm made Jerry Jones fully aware when he took over the Dallas Cowboys that the Ring of Honor was 'special', not just anyone could get in. In fact, Woodson will be just the 21st player in the club's 55 year history to be inducted and all but seven (including Woody, though Lee Roy Jordan and Cliff Harris have been finalists) have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Cowboys Give Tony Romo & Jason Witten The Day Off- David Moore- Dallas Morning News

The quarterback and tight end Jason Witten both took part in the morning walk-thru, but received what is gently referred to as a veteran’s day off from Wednesday’s afternoon session.

Ronald Leary Says He's 'Definitely The Starter' At Left Guard - David Moore - Dallas Morning News

When asked about the Cowboys acquiring La'el Collins, Leary said:

"It bothered me a little bit, but it’s part of the game,’’ Leary said of Collins’ presumed ascension. "I know I can play. I know I’m a starter in this league. I’ve just got to remind everybody.’’

"It is mine,’’ he said. "Definitely.’’

BTB Training Camp Video Diary: Practice Five - Rabblerousr - Blogging The Boys

The boys of BTB are sure having a blast in sunny California. Check out this video diary put together by Ol' Rabble!

"So, instead of offering you the full blow-by-blow to read, I thought I'd offer one to see. Here, for your visual delectation, therefore, is a "video diary," organized by the various periods in a typical practice session."

Training Camp Mid-Day Report: Too Early For RB Pecking Order - David Helman- Dallas Cowboys

Many think that perhaps Joseph Randle could separate himself rather quickly from the competition, however as always Jason Garrett begs to differ:

"I don’t even want to get into that," he said. "Joseph is off to a great start – there’s no question about that. But Lance Dunbar has done a really nice job, and we’re trying to give those young backs a look, too."


Cowboys Making Good Use, Or Poor Decisions, With DeMarco Murray Money? - Dave Halprin - Blogging The Boys

Lots of folks with opinions on the Cowboys paying extras to guys like Orlando Scandrick and Jeremy Mincey but they may be missing the point.

"This is valid to a degree, but I think it misses the context. One, the reason the Cowboys can afford to pay these slight upgrades is because they were financially sound with resisting paying Murray too much in the first place. Secondly, I don't think anybody could argue that Scandrick and Mincey weren't underpaid based on performance, especially Scandrick. And in Mincey's case, Dallas was essentially just giving him an incentive bonus that he missed out on from last season by less than 1% based on snap counts."

Camp Observations: Secondary ' Pretty Loaded'; Impressions Of Randy Gregory - Bob Sturm - Dallas Morning News

Sturm takes some time out to dish on what he has seen out in Oxnard thus far. Interesting take on the Cowboys' secondary.

"I think the secondary is pretty loaded right now. They’ve got four or five corners they feel really good about. Safety is a little thinner. As a group, they’re far more fortified than they’ve been in other years. Obviously, drafting (Byron) Jones in the first round changes the depth in the entire group. They seem to have a far more populated roster, talent wise, than I’ve seen in a while."


Cowboys Will Most Likely Take Extra Point - Todd Archer- ESPN Dallas

No surprise here, when you have a kicker that is money, not always best to gamble.

With extra points becoming 33-yard attempts this year due to a rule change, some believe teams will eschew the kick for a two-point play more often. Last year the Cowboys did not have a two-point try. They have had only seven in Garrett’s four years as the full-time coach.

From 'Meat On The Bone' to Barebones: Joseph Randle Now Watching His Words - Brandon George - Dallas Morning News

The Cowboys love Randle's confidence but want him to make sure he isn't making headlines every practice.

"Randle is still talking, but it’s become painfully clear he’s going out of his way to say nothing. Cowboys public relations officials have been working with Randle and how he speaks to the media. They’ve even had him practice some question-and-answer segments."

Dez Bryant Talks 'Celebrity Status' , Byron Jones, Returning Punts -Drew Davison- Dallas Morning News

On losing his one-on-one compete drill with Byron Jones: "That was a good job by him because I had it. He had my right arm. I practice on my left and my right enough. I had my eyes glued to the ball. He just made an outstanding play. He ripped it out, I had to congratulate him. I sure was trying to bring it in."

After Year Off, Versatile Gardner Taking Full Advantage Of Welcomed Reps - Nick Eatman - Dallas Cowboys

One of the ultimate Cowboys fan-favorites, Gardner is just happy to be able to compete. Coach Garrett called him out this week and boy did he deliver.

"It’s going good. Football isn’t like riding a bike, so it takes a little while to knock the rust off and get used to striking a blow and using your hands," Gardner said. "Each day I’m feeling more and more comfortable. It’s fun to be out here and competing."

Fight With Dez Part Of Patmon's Competitiveness - Matt Clarida-

Tyler Patmon was fighting to keep a roster spot in year one, now he's fighting for much more. This young man wants to become something special for the Cowboys on Sunday. As of now, he's been having the best camp of any defensive back on the roster.

"The fight with Bryant may be just one story, but here in Oxnard the Cowboys think it fits in well with the way Patmon has approached his NFL journey. Coming out of Oklahoma State, he didn't run well at the combine or show enough size to league general managers. After he went undrafted, his chance came at Dallas' rookie minicamp in May 2014, where he had four practices to earn a training camp invite. He did."

London Calling: Byron Jones Just Needs Time To Put Talent On Display - Dan Turner- Dallas Cowboys

The Mothership's guest columnist flew in to Oxnard from London, UK. He reminds us that patience is a virtue and that the Cowboys are in a pretty good spot.

'If anyone can handle these expectations and remain level-headed, it’s Byron Jones. It’s easy to become enamoured with Jones’ athleticism, but his intelligence and intangibles are at least as impressive. Speaking to him after practice, you can tell that this is a young man who was raised right. He looks you in the eye when he speaks to you, and has a quiet confidence about him."

Brandon Carr Hopes Improved Footwork Takes Him Far In 2015 - Todd Archer - ESPN Dallas

Very interesting observation by Mr. Archer, who has watched Brandon Carr's workout routine thus far in Oxnard. It's all about footwork for number 39.

"With my job, at the line of scrimmage you can win or lose a down with your feet or with your hips, just with your eyes and your reactions," Carr said. "So these drills incorporate different things where I flip and turn and just get my feet in the ground quick and get out of my break quick. That helps me here against live action with the receivers."

Lance Dunbar Injures Right Ankle In Practice - David Helman - Dallas Cowboys

This is something that is worth keeping a close eye on with Dunbar because he's been a major part of the offense this early into camp.

Darren McFadden On The Mend, Almost Ready To Return - Brandon George - Dallas Morning News

To end the news and notes on such a low-light from yesterday's practice would be a shame. So instead, it looks as though Darren McFadden is almost ready to lace them up!

Make sure you stay tuned to BTB throughout training camp where we'll keep you updated on everything you need to know.

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