Highlights from the opening of Cowboys training camp
Highlights from the opening of Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California.
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett sat behind their Ford truck podium -- Jones sitting at the driver's seat, of course -- for nearly an hour Wednesday evening. The Dallas Cowboys owner and head coach were kicking off training camp with their usual opening press conference.
Here are some highlights:
• Jones didn't make any bold predictions about the current group winning any Super Bowls. He was reduced to comments like he's "very optimistic" that the team can come together and "compete right now."
• As he's done before, Jones also said this current roster is better "on paper" than the Cowboys were during their Week 17 season-ending loss to Philadelphia.
• In regards to Garrett's future as head coach, Jones said: "In terms of the record, this is not a make or break season for Jason."
• Garrett said he didn't want to open camp with a conditioning test because they have in the past and it's been a "recipe for disaster." Garrett wanted the team just to get to California and have a team run.
• In another attempt to prevent injuries, the Cowboys will not have their offense and defense go against each other in practice the first few days. They will wait until pads are on.
• When discussing the release of backup quarterback Kyle Orton, Jones mentioned how the presence of Brandon Weeden was a factor. The team liked what it saw from the former first-round pick during mini camp and OTAs as he took all of the first-team repetitions.
• Jones also dropped the word "fungible" when asked if Orton's money can be used on contract extensions for Pro Bowlers Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith and DeMarco Murray. (Fungible: being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.)
• Garrett said he's excited about this defensive group of players because of their youth, acknowledging that they're not going to have the "marquee players" they've had in the past on that side of the ball.
• The only players Garrett doesn't expect to be ready for Thursday's first practice: defensive end Anthony Spencer and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
• Garrett said he's excited about the addition of linebacker Rolando McClain, who is in California today but will head to Alabama on Friday for a court date. Garrett said McClain, who played at Alabama, received high praise from Nick Saban, which aided in the team's decision to acquire him from Baltimore.
• According to Garrett, quarterback Tony Romo hasn't suffered any setbacks and is expected to be a full-go Thursday.