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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Sports: Cowboys Begin Training Camp 

The Dallas Cowboys kicked off training camp for the 2004 season
Saturday morning in Oxnard, CA.

Expectations were raised by their 10-6 record and playoff appearance, but welcome to the world of the Dallas Cowboys. Quincy Carter has a couple of experienced veterans around him this year, as Eddie George and Keyshawn Johnson were acquired in the off-season. The development of Jason Whitten and Antonio Bryant needs to progress fluidly if the offense is going to improve on last season's performance.

The defense finished first in the league last season, but there were concerns about the pass rush. So the Cowboys went out and signed Marcellus Wiley, formerly of the San Diego Chargers. Wiley had a down year last year, but Bill Parcells hopes that he can return to the production of his Buffalo days. Cornerback is another concern for the team, as Pete Hunter has been thrust into a starting role in only his third season out of a small college. But with Terrence Newman, Roy Williams and Darren Woodson (who incidentally will miss all of training camp after back surgery) patrolling the secondary, Hunter will have some help.

I think it's going to tough to improve on last year's mark. Philadelphia and Washington both improved themselves in the off-season, and the Cowboys still have some questions about the offensive and defensive lines.

But with Parcells around, I wouldn't count them out.


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