Jason Garrett: Cowboys ready for training camp

June, 13, 2013
IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys' offseason workouts ended Thursday at Valley Ranch and the next time coach Jason Garrett will officially see his team on the practice field is July 21 in Oxnard, Calif., to start training camp.

So are the Cowboys ready for camp?

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"I believe we are," Garrett said. "I think we've had an outstanding offseason. You heard me say this a number of times. The attendance we've had in our offseason program was nearly 100 percent every day and certainly in the OTAs and minicamp and that's a reflection of the kind of commitment this football team has made.

"We've worked very hard. I think we've made progress. I think the younger players have improved in a very short period of time. The older players, the guys who have been here, are understanding some of the changes we've made that we think can benefit our football team and trying to understand what those changes are and get acclimated to them."

Among the highlights:

*New defensive scheme moving from 3-4 to a 4-3. A new offensive playcaller with Bill Callahan replacing Garrett. There are new coaches at running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and special teams.

*There were several players who missed the entire offseason, including quarterback Tony Romo and fullback Lawrence Vickers for back surgery. Numerous other veteran players getting time off for rest included Jay Ratliff, Miles Austin and Jason Hatcher.

*Anthony Spencer hyperextended his knee during the OTAs and missed the entire veteran minicamp. DeMarco Murray missed the first four OTA practices with a hamstring tweak.

*First-round pick Travis Frederick moved into the starter's role at center over Phil Costa and third-round selection, Terrance Williams is the No. 3 receiver over Dwayne Harris.

*Kyle Wilber moved from outside linebacker to defensive end. Barry Church and Will Allen were the first-team safeties the majority of the offseason.

*Dez Bryant was outstanding in the offseason, beating the Cowboys cornerbacks in a variety of routes.

*The backup quarterbacks were inconsistent, including veteran Kyle Orton, which raised concerns among team officials who put a claim in for Mike Kafka.

Overall, Garrett said the team has made progress and he likes "the chemistry of the football team."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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