The Dallas Cowboys take to the field in a mandatory mini-camp starting today, and although there will be no Tony Romo under center for the Cowboys, there will still be plenty of things to lookout for. Better yet, there will be plenty of players to be on the lookout for as the Cowboys will have almost perfect attendance, except for Romo and DeMarcus Ware, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
Although the workouts are similar to the OTAs the Cowboys finished up last week, there will be one big difference; people now are more in the know about who the Cowboys offensive play caller is. Whether anyone admits it or not, Bill Callahan is likely the man in charge of making the calls and it will be interesting to see how much is reported about the play calling during the three day mini-camp.
It’s also the last chance for the Cowboys to get to see the improvements the rookies and the more inexperienced players have made over the course of the past month with rookie camps and OTAs over with. These practices may also be an indication of who will lineup where to start training camp next month. What happens over these workouts may give clues for Cowboys fans as to who will be the starting guards or who lines up next to Barry Church at safety when that first real practice comes around in training camp.
Perhaps the biggest thing we can take from this mini-camp is that after these three days of practices, the Cowboys players will be off until training camp so the team will want to make sure every player knows what’s expected of them before camp rolls around in late July. It’s the organizations last chance to make an impression on the players as to what’s going to be expected of them come July 21, when the toughest work will be done.
It’s just three days of practices in mid-June but it can make a difference in what happens in July, when things really start to matter.