‘Sneaky’ Romo Works At Cowboys Minicamp

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, right, playfully covers his jersey number with fellow quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) during an NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Irving, Texas. Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton is a no-show for the first mandatory offseason practice with Weeden, a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2012, the No. 2 quarterback in Orton's absence.

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IRVING – The Dallas Cowboys opened Tuesday’s three-day minicamp with a familiar, welcome and limited sight:

Tony Romo was under center.

And then he tried to get under center again — during a portion of the workout beyond walk-through, pat-and-go and a pretty intense making-all-the-throws operation of the slot-receiver route tree — using a more sneaky approach.

"You saw that, huh?” Romo said coyly.

"It was pretty obvious that the jersey was a little snug on him,” coach Jason Garrett said when noting that the enthusiastic Romo, trying to take it slow while recovering from back surgery, attempted to don Caleb Hanie’s No. 7 jersey to steal some reps. "That’s when I looked and said, ‘Get him out of the huddle.’

Romo pledges to be ready for the July 22 reporting to camp in Oxnard, complete with a repeat of last year’s pre-camp mountain-running.

"I’m miles ahead of last year,” Romo said of his conditioning. "I don’t think they’re comparable. I think last year I was just starting around this point so this year I’ve had whatever [number of] months to kind of get myself into feeling like I can go. Now it’s going to be more perfecting as opposed to just trying to hammer everything out in four weeks, three weeks.”