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Minicamp Will Offer a Look For The Cowboys Future


Today starts the Dallas Cowboys’ three day minicamp. While most eyes will be looking at the QB play, the WR play, and even the DL play. There are some other interesting things to look for during the camp. With Sean Lee out there should be plenty of eyes on the LB corps on who will take over the MLB position. Anthony Hitchens might be the guy to fill that role. Beyond the Linebackers there are a few other things to watch for, one might surprise you.

First, one of the most interesting positions coming into the offseason was the safeties. Many fans, including myself, wanted the Cowboys to upgrade the position with either a top flight rookie or veteran. Instead the Cowboys decided to stand pat and roll with what they had on the roster. Seeing the development of Wilcox and Johnson will be critical as the team heads into training camp. If Matt Johnson stays healthy he could be what the Dallas Cowboys have been waiting for, if not, the safety position will look much like it did last year in terms of players. It will be the hope of many, that they have developed.

The next position will be that of WR. Now I know with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Dwayne Harris (more on him in a minute) it would seem the Dallas Cowboys are pretty well set at WR. How they move these four around will be a little bit of an insight of how the offense could work this season. However, there are a few prospects that could turn some heads and make the team. It is interesting that the Cowboys did not release L’Damian Washington after his shoulder injury, they could keep him as a PUP this season and see what he can do next.

The last position I think no one is looking at is kick returner. Dwayne Harris has said he wants to be one of the elite kick returners, and he very well could be. However, there are some players the Cowboys brought in that are 4.4 and 4.5 guys who will either play next to Dwayne or take some of the load from him. To win in the NFL you have to play all three phases of the game, and while Dwayne is an amazing return guy, it will be in special teams that some of the rookies can make a difference.

So there is a little bit of a primer for the minicamp. I am interested in what some of you will be watching for. Oh, and I really can’t wait until pads come on. I am psyched to see what J.C. Copeland can do.

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  • IBleedBlue

    I for one will be very interested in how the O-line meshes. None of those skill players get diddly-squat if they don;t do their jobs. Actually both lines are the focus, imo. I don’t see MJohnson unseating JJ at the Safety slot. If he can form a nice rotation, we’ll be that much stronger. Sounds like that’s what RodM is stressing, a wave of defensive players all capable of filling a spot on demand.

    JC Copeland is a train collision waiting to happen. Love that guy but he needs to keep his head up coming through the hole.

    • SmartThinking

      FYI — no player on this or any team gets ‘diddly-squat’ if they don’t produce. Every position is in contention on this Dallas team with the exception of, possibly, QB.

      There have been thousands of words in this forum and many others expended on how the lines on both sides of the ball need to be better focused — better coached, better staffed, better prepared, better players, better defensive scheme, etc. Your comments on this subject are redundant, boring and simply don’t advance the dialogue. Perhaps you can offer us eager readers an original thought on this subject rather than just re-hashing what others, including myself, have been writing about for months now.

      By the way, just watched an interesting segment on NFL AM re: their take on Weeden being a dud. Even the national television sports media sees what you, obviously, cannot. They’re stating Orton will return later this summer just like I and several others on this site have stated. But, hey! Compared to you, what do the national experts know anyway?

      Have you ever actually seen J. C. Copeland play football? I’d be curious to know how you get your knowledge? I agree with you. But, between the two of us, I’m the only one who’s actually watched him play.

      • IBleedBlue

        So now you’re just going to out-right troll me.

        That’s awesome. I love how much I’m already in your head.

        FYI, JC Copeland is from Troup Co HS in Georgia where he was teammates with Reuben Foster. I’ve watched him since before he ever thought of becoming a Tiger. LOL @ you once again.

        • SmartThinking

          Did you read my comment on NFL AM’s characterization of Weeden’s lack of talent today? I know they’re just the national sports media and not the world’s greatest judge of quarterback talent such as yourself, but, do you care to reassess your opinion?

          This is a forum. When you respond, even with truly unbalanced input like you consistently contribute, you must expect those that know better to challenge you. You don’t know the first thing about professional football. Your comments bear that out.

          You watched Copeland play H.S. ball in Jerkwater, Alabama? Congrats. You should have come to Baton Rouge and watched him knock people down in ‘Death Valley,” where it counted.

          • IBleedBlue

            Your reading comprehension is as poor as your journalistic skills. JC Copeland is from GEORGIA. But hey, don’t let facts or the notion that you skimmed right over my post get in the way of you hearing yourself drone on and on and on and on about how some other blog agrees with you. And I’ve been to Death Valley. The one is LA and the one in SC. I’d still rather watch high school ball, especially given that the best in the country is played in my home state (that would be GA, in case you weren’t paying attention. AGAIN.) every Friday night. But, of course, you’ll say none of that counts.

            Which again makes us all laugh hysterically at you.

            Have fun with your trolling. I’m off to take my kids to Crossfit. Because they’re athletes and not sideline dorks.

          • SmartThinking

            This from the football expert who called last year’s offensive line, and I quote, “stellar!”

            Really? Stellar? Once again, your assessment of true football talent is …. well…… just stellar!
            And you base all your vast expertise on watching high school football in Jerkwater, Alabama?

            More name-calling from you rather than actual responses. Churchill once said, ” name-calling is the last weapon of the illiterate.”

            I went back and re-read some of your responses to stories on this site. Obviously, originality isn’t a particularly important component of your vast store of football knowledge. Why not try actually defending your ridiculous comments for us, would you? Explain again, why Weeden is such a wonderful backup QB. Oh. It must be all those “meaningful reps” he’s getting these days in the mini-camp. That’s what the national sports guys called it, too.

            It’s too bad you don’t know what you don’t know.

          • Reid Hanson

            Gentlemen, please cool off for a moment and remember what the comment section is for here – It’s for fans to discuss sports in a friendly, open-minded, and welcoming way. Differences in opinion are going to happen every day. Please respect one another (even if you are absolutely convinced they are wrong). We want to keep an environment that encourages others to post their opinions or questions without fear of negative feedback.
            No need to reply any further. I just ask that you cool off and help create/support a friendly community here for Dallas sports fans. Thank you.

          • SmartThinking

            Oh. Finally a comment from the guy who blocked me from responding to his stories because he couldn’t handle the pressure of answering tough responses regarding where he got his information. Best read it here where you can control it, Reid.

          • IBleedBlue

            LOL. You’ve been blocked by one of the writers?

            That comes as a surprise to no one.

          • SmartThinking

            Yep. It takes someone writing with an actual idea and real content to bruise the ego of one of these writers. Reid couldn’t take the heat either. Of course, you wouldn’t know. Your best shot is calling me names. Can’t wait to read your next attempt at analysis. Since this is a forum, expect a response.

          • Reid Hanson

            Gentlemen, please cool off for a moment and remember what the comment section is for – It’s for fans to discuss sports in a friendly, open-minded, and welcoming way. Differences in opinion are going to happen every day. Please respect one another (even if you are absolutely convinced they are wrong). We want to keep an environment that encourages others to post their opinions or questions without fear of negative feedback.
            No need to reply any further. I just ask that you cool off and help create/support a friendly community here for Dallas sports fans. Thank you.

          • IBleedBlue

            I agree, sir. I wish he would just let it go. He’s trolled me in about two other articles trying to make his point about how much Weeden sux and he would have never signed him were he the GM. I’m just toying with him now. I have no axe to grind, aside from the fact that he still has the poorest reading comprehension in all of tronz-land.

            FWIW, I said THIS YEAR’S O-line should be stellar. And again I am from GEORGIA, not Alabama. But you can’t tell this clown anything. I’m so far in his head he’s probably hearing voices. Is there an ignore feature here? There should be. I dare say he has the intestinal fortitude and discipline required to use it though.