5 Things We’ve Learned From Dallas Cowboys’ Early OTAs

5 Things We've Learned From Dallas Cowboys' Early OTAs

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So far in the OTA process, the Dallas Cowboys have been an organization to watch. With the injury to Sean Lee and the news circus that always surrounds the Cowboys, expectations and optimism are always at a premium. 2014 will be a make-or-break year for Jason Garrett. It's been four years now and the Cowboys haven't even sniffed the playoffs. Here are five things we've learned in OTAs.

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5. Changes Put In Place To Stop Hamstring Injuries

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5. Changes Put In Place To Stop Hamstring Injuries

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Jon Machota of DallasNews.com reported that the Cowboys brought in new equipment to limit the hamstring injuries that limited Dallas' defense in 2013. 12 players suffered hamstring injuries last year and they have limited key players like Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in years past. By solving their hamstring problem, the Cowboys will be more healthy, which is something they desperately need in 2014.

4. Dez Bryant's Contract Extension

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4. Dez Bryant's Contract Extension

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Jon Machota of DallasNews.com also reported that talks between the Cowboys and Dez Bryant have begun. Stephen Jones also said that an extension before the start of the 2014 season is a real possibility. This news was only a matter of time. Bryant is one of premier receivers in the NFL and the Cowboys needed to do everything in their power to lock him up.

3. Zack Martin Garnering Attention

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3. Zack Martin Garnering Attention

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The bad news about Zack Martin is that people will label him as the player who tore Sean Lee's ACL. When the Cowboys drafted Martin in the first round, the message was made clear that the Cowboys wanted to improve their run-blocking attack and give more time for Romo to go through his reads. Martin has reportedly been a stud in the OTA process, and fans of the Cowboys hope that continues.

2. Full Faith In Tony Romo's Back

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2. Full Faith In Tony Romo's Back

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After the Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel in the first round, the team confirmed that Tony Romo is their guy. Dallas' brass also believes Romo can bring this team to the Super Bowl. Romo participating in OTAs tells me that the Cowboys did their homework on his back issue and they believe there is nothing to worry about.

1. Replacement For Sean Lee Will Come From Within

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1. Replacement For Sean Lee Will Come From Within

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Obviously the worst news in the NFL this past week has been the news of Sean Lee. Known as one of the best defensive players in all of the league, the Cowboys will be missing the quarterback of their defense. There were rumors surfacing that the Cowboys would sign Pat Angerer or Jonathan Vilma to fill in for Lee, but it looks like the Cowboys will replace Lee from within. Anthony Hitchens and DeVonte Holloman are options for the MIKE position.


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