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.