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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Romo Wednesdays Are Back, Cowboys Gear Up For Week 1

It's week one in the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys are deep in preparation for the New York 'Football' Giants to come ready to play on Sunday.

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Practice Update: Wednesday Off Day Reinstated For Romo; Hitchens Returns - David Helman - Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys get their swiss-army knife linebacker back just in time for the season opener. Anthony Hitchens has been a really good pick for the Cowboys and looks to fill the void while the Cowboys wait for Rolando McClain to finish his suspension.

"We do anticipate guys being out there. Even the guys who have been out there for a little bit, we anticipate them practicing today – maybe in a more limited fashion," Garrett said. "But we do expect a full complement of guys out there at practice."

What Are The Cowboys Getting With Davon Coleman? - Jim Scott - Blogging The Boys
Davon Coleman impressed a lot of people with his play against the Vikings and Texans back up players, but can he bring it against the starters?

He is not likely to be as disruptive as he was in the final two games of the preseason, but he has the strength to hold up at the 1-tech and the quickness to play the 3-tech effectively. He shows the ability to be an important piece of this defensive line going forward.

Romo Confident Wednesday Practice Routine Will Maximize Results On Sunday - David Helman - Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo had tremendous success last season after deciding it was best to take Wednesday practices off to work on his conditioning. Well, "Romo Wednesdays" are now if full-effect in 2015 as well.

"I think you know the ultimate goal is to be your best every Sunday," Romo said. "There’s a routine that we do on Wednesdays that I think is very beneficial that helps me build throughout the year when otherwise it’d be difficult to."

If Cowboys Want To Get To The Super Bowl, They Must Take Advantage Of Their Billion-Dollar Edge - Rick Gosselin- Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys were 8-0 on the road last season but only 4-4 at home. The Cowboys must bring the same mentality they take on the road to their home games in order to truly reach that pinnacle.

There are two teams standing in the way of the Cowboys in the NFC this season: the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Road games in January to Green Bay and Seattle spell doom. If the Cowboys are to advance to another Super Bowl, they must do it with an NFC title game at home.

Jason Garrett Doesn't Care About Who Starts At RB For Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer - ESPN
When it comes to naming the starting running back for Sunday's primetime opener, mums the word for Jason Garrett. Everyone needs to be ready to play.

"It doesn't matter," Garrett said. "The only thing that matters is everybody getting ready to play and when their number is called upon, be ready to go out there and be their best."

The Calm Revolution: How The Dallas Cowboys Have Become One Of NFL's Most Stable Organizations - Tom Ryle- Blogging The Boys
Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach of the Cowboys has seen a total remaking of the team - including the way it is run from the very top.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, Garrett didn't care about what was being said. He continued to set the tone and philosophy of the team. He never gave any sign of being flustered or anxious. Above all, he never let himself be deterred from shaping the team into what he felt it needed to be.

A Sense Of History: Cowboys Primed For Another Super Bowl Run - Rainer Sabin - Dallas Morning News
The hype is back in Dallas as the Cowboys seem to be on the cusp of another Super Bowl run, just as they were in the early '70s and '90s.

Flash forward to the present, and the Cowboys have a team fashioned to resemble those from the early ’70s and early ’90s that became championship material. Like the Cowboys of those years, this bunch is armed with a high-powered offense, has developed a clear identity and seems primed to benefit from continuity within its coaching staff.

Watching Watt, the Inevitability of Dez, and Steve Smith’s Retirement Tour: Meet the 2015 NFL Triangle All-Stars - Robert Mays - Grantland
Grantland has a great preview on what to expect from the 2015 season, the NFL's golden year, the piece on Dez Bryant is right from the hip and just plainly, the truth.

It feels right when a potentially crazy, brash, physically dominant specimen wears no. 88 for the Cowboys, and for the past couple of years, Dez Bryant has earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants. Right now, there’s no better choice at the goal line than throwing the ball in Dez’s general vicinity and letting him do what he does. There are taller wide receivers in the league, but no one else can make cornerbacks look so small.

With Strong Camp, Left Guard Spot Still Belongs To Ron Leary- Rob Phillips - Dallas Cowboys
When the Cowboys signed first-round talent La'el Collins shortly after the draft, a lot of folks wrote off Ronald Leary. However, Leary was out to prove all offseason that you can't just pencil anyone in over him.

"Very impressed," head coach Jason Garrett said recently. "It really doesn’t matter where guys come from; it matters what you do. We made that abundantly clear to everybody and Ron Leary stepped up and competed each and every day. He said, ‘I want to be your left guard.’"

Cowboys’ Brandon Carr Expects Plenty Of Giants Trash Talk About Odell Beckham Jr.’s Catch - Michael Florek -Dallas Morning News
Brandon Carr was posterized last season on Odell Beckham Jr.'s phenomenal catch but it hasn't exactly haunted him. Yet, as they prepare to take on the Giants this Sunday, he certainly believes he has learned from the experience.

As Carr said on Tuesday, he watched the replay a few times and then moved on from it. He also pointed out that the Cowboys still won the game.

Zack Martin A Full Go At Dallas Cowboys Practice - Todd Archer - ESPN
After resting for the last few weeks after suffering a 'bad stinger' in training camp, Zack Martin is a full participant as the Cowboys prepare for the Giants.

Martin, who is wearing a neck roll, went through a full practice, as did wide receiver Dez Bryant, who did not play in the preseason because of a nagging hamstring injury.

Rookie Gregory Eager For NFL Debut - Drew Davison - The Star-Telegram
After being the talk of training camp and preseason and seeing himself improve with every rep, Randy Gregory is now looking to take what he's learned to the opener.

"It’s the preseason and not all of them were against first-team offense," Gregory said. "A couple of them I kind of fell into, so I really wasn’t as happy with my play as I think other people were. It’s a stepping stone for sure, but I’m never satisfied. I have a lot more to improve out there."

Here’s A Start: Lance Dunbar Has A Defined Role As The Third Down Back - Clarence Hill -The Star-Telegram
Unlike the statuses of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, or Christine Michael; Lance Dunbar knows exactly what his role is for the Cowboys.

"Yeah, I know my role and the things they have for me," Dunbar said. "That hasn’t changed yet."

How Cowboys’ Tony Romo Compares To Eli Manning, Other NFL Starting QBs -Bob Sturm- Dallas Morning News
Just for exercise, Sturm runs down all 32 quarterbacks and shows you how good ol' number nine stacks up against his peers.

For no other reason than I want to post this every Opening Day, here are the records, playoff records, and Super Bowl titles for the 32 QBs who are their team’s respective "QB1″ at this moment in time.

Injury Report | Dallas Cowboys
Just a daily update on the injuries each team are dealing with. Giants' WR Victor Cruz looks to be doubtful and Jason Pierre-Paul isn't even listed but the Cowboys only had one sit out of practice, Tony Romo.

Eli Manning Has "Great Respect" For Romo; Who’s The Better Actor, Though? - Rob Phillips - Dallas Cowboys
As Tony and Eli prepare for their 17th meeting, Manning took some time out to credit Tony Romo for his DirecTV acting chops.

"I don’t know, I enjoyed Tony’s. His was good. He seemed very creepy," Manning said with a laugh. "He did a good job portraying that role."