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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Most Likely Team For Rebound; Tony Romo Ready To Roll

Despite a suspect defense and other questions, the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of people expecting big returns in 2016. Tony Romo may be making his quarterback debut this weekend.

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Cowboys Are The NFL’s Best Shot For A "Worst To First" Story In 2016 - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
After the debacle of 2015, can the Cowboys return to the playoffs in 2016?

The Cowboys defense may not be that much better in terms of personnel going into 2016, but they should get more turnovers for two reasons. One, the Cowboys offense should once again score points, forcing opposing offenses to take more chances and consequently make more mistakes. And two, the Cowboys were extremely unlucky last year in getting turnovers, a simple regression to the mean statistically should account for more.

Wed. Practice Report: Moving Back To Dallas; Who's Available For Friday? - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
It’s a bit of a misnomer to say that training camp is winding to a close, considering what lies ahead for the Cowboys.

Alfred Morris Elliott got two reps, as mentioned above, but the lion’s share of the first-team work went to Morris – who was outstanding. It’s always hard to gauge running backs in training camp because tackling is not allowed. But Morris seemed to break through to the second and even the third level before he was even touched on most of his runs.

Ranking NFL's most likely worst-to-first teams - Aaron Schatz, ESPN
The Cowboys finished dead-last in the NFC East in 2015 with a 4-12 record, but they have the best shot of any division's cellar dweller to make it to the playoffs in 2016, writes Aaron Schatz.

So which of last year's eight last-place teams are most likely to make their way into the playoffs? One is the clear favorite: the Dallas Cowboys. It won't be a big surprise for the Cowboys to go from last to first because last year they went from first to last.

Tony Romo feels ready, "very confident" going into preseason debut - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Unofficially, Tony Romo completed 64.3 of his passes in training camp in the team and seven-on-seven drills.

"Then it’s time to go play. You tighten everything up and you simplify it and you go out there and do it. From day to day, that’s always the mental part of it that you’re trying to assess, but I’m excited about what we did here. I feel very confident going in. Words are meaningless. You got to go prove it."

Jason Garrett: I have a 'very positive feeling' about this Cowboys team - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Emotions ran high during Tuesday's afternoon practice. Punches were never thrown but it was clearly the most physical practice of 15 practices thus far.

"I have a very positive feeling about the approach that we're taking, the mindset our team has, the mentality they have. As a coach, that's all you can ask for. That's going to give you the best chance to have success."

Ezekiel Elliott: Running Behind Cowboys O-Line Is "Easiest Job In America." - OCC, Blogging The Boys
Elliott is looking forward to running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

"I think I probably have one of the easiest jobs in America," he said. "I get to run behind the best O-line in America, run through those huge holes, they make your job easy."

While It Might Be Brief, Romo Expects To Play & "Do Good Things" Friday - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo didn’t say he was playing. But he certainly sounded like a quarterback getting ready to get his first game when the Cowboys take on Miami Friday night at AT&T Stadium.

"I don’t know, we haven’t discussed the amount," Romo said. "I know I’m getting ready to go."

Jason Garrett: Cowboys got better in Oxnard - Todd Archer, ESPN
As the Dallas Cowboys leave training camp in Oxford, California, behind, coach Jason Garrett says the team has grown.

"Now, we're a long way away. We know that. Coaches know that players know that, everyone knows that. But the approach has been outstanding. We've had a chance to see a lot of young players practice and play in-game. I think they've grown over the course of the last couple of weeks. We've had veteran players come back and get the rust off and get themselves ready to play football again. So over the next three weeks, we will give all of those guys a chance to play in games and continue to refine our team. I think our team had an outstanding approach coming in, worked hard every day and we got better in our time here in Oxnard."

NFL using chip-equipped footballs in preseason to improve game - David Humphrey, The Star-Telegram
The NFL is monitoring how the football travels during preseason games only.

Included among the data that will be collected are the distance the ball travels on a given play, the football’s proximity to the goal posts on a field goal or point-after-touchdown attempt and the location of defenders relative to the ball when it is thrown or caught.

Why you should watch Ndamukong Suh instead of the ball in Friday's Cowboys-Dolphins game - SportsDay
Babe Laufenberg, Dallas Cowboys radio color analyst and former NFL quarterback, answered questions in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights...

Laufenberg: Yes!!! We saw some of it last year, but it is the one time that you want to not follow the ball and just watch them go at it.  I don't know if there is a better guard in football than Zack Martin.  Everything you want in a player and a person. Shudder every time I think about the possibility of drafting Johnny Manziel instead of Martin.