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Who to Watch at Training Camp for Cowboys

Training camp has arrived and here’s to good health and fortune of the Dallas Cowboys. With camp, people are always interested in seeing specific players on the field, and I am no different. However, I am not going to bore you with the same old cast of dudes everyone is interested in watching. We all want to see Jaylon Smith, Taco Charlton and Ryan Switzer among others, but here’s a differnt list of guys I’ll be paying attention to.

As a fellow Cowboys fan Eminem once rapped, “I got a list, here’s the order of my list that it’s in:” (Bonus points if you know the song)

Anthony Brown: Many think he might already be the best cornerback on the roster. Orlando Scandrick might have something to say about that, but Brown performed well as an unheralded rookie last season and his development will be something to pay attention to in camp. Really excited to see how he’s grown from last year.

Charles Tapper: Another second-year player, but Tapper wasn’t available to help the team last year due to a back injury. He’s slimmed down about 20 lbs. and is a freakish athlete, based on his 2016 combine numbers. Tapper has a very strong motor, which meshes perfectly with Rod Marinelli’s style, so seeing his transformation and getting a good look at him this summer is why he’s on this list.

Rico Gathers: Yeah, I know, he might be on everyone’s list too, but that’s how much hype he got this off-season. Gathers has all the athleticism of today’s new age tight end stars, but he is only missing the nuances of the game. Word was at the end of last year, he was difficult to stop on the scout team in practice, so the potential is building. He’s had a full year to address his steep learning curve, it’s time to find out just how big Gathers’ jump is from year one to now. The intrigue is there!

La’el Collins: The talent is there for Collins, but the position switch is something to pay detailed attention to. Collins has had highlight moments during his first two seasons, but not the consistency, perhaps tackle is his best fit after failing to dominate at guard. If Collins, who has worked extremely hard this off-season, can find his game at right tackle, this offensive line will make things tough on defenses. It’s going to be one of the major storylines of training camp.

Damontre Moore: As far as career sacks go, Moore is second on the list of those currently on the Cowboys’ roster. Moore is a former third round pick who has the talent to be a major contributor on the defensive line. The issue with Moore has always been his head, his temperament and attitude have never matched his skill set. However, the word from the team is that Moore has finally grown up and the light has come on. If he has finally ‘gotten it,’ Moore could be a surprising candidate to lead the Cowboys in sacks. Damontre is someone to watch in camp and he could be the biggest revelation you never thought about.

Jeff Heath: He might not be in the same boat as the other players on this list, but Heath is trying to establish himself as more than just a spot duty kind of guy. As it stands right now, the Goat is taking over as one of the starting safeties, we’re about to find out if that’s a wise plan. It will be nice to see if Heath fits as a starter and if he can create more turnovers.

Let the fun begin for the Dallas Cowboys on the road to the Super Bowl (hopefully). Who are you looking forward to watching in training camp?

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  1. Technically, Tapper was not injured. He had a congenital back problem, pars defect, which has been fixed. Whether he can play is another question to be answered. The secondary will be of interest, but we lost jags, and worst case is they are replaced with jags.

    1. My son had that same defect (discovered while pitching in college), the surgery to correct it is no small surgery, hope he is100% healed, if not he will reinjure it again…….. hope that the DBs drafted will turn out to be at least JAGS, Carr never missed a game in his entire time in Dallas, Claiborne was finally showing something for the huge price we paid to draft him, could never stay healthy.
      LB corps looks mighty thin with the Wilson issue and J. Smith’s snail-like recovery….

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