The Dallas Cowboys head to California in a week, the Associated Press takes a pre-camp look at los Pokes.
Dallas Cowboys preseason capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (13-4)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Oxnard, Calif.
LAST YEAR: Their 13 victories matched franchise record and led
to NFC's top playoff seed in first season under coach Wade
Phillips. Had NFL-record 13 Pro Bowl players, including Tony Romo,
Terrell Owens and Jason Witten with record-setting years. Still
failed to win in playoffs, making it 11 seasons without a
postseason victory after losing at home to New York Giants,
eventual Super Bowl champions swept by Dallas in regular season.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: CB Adam Jones, trying to shed "Pacman"
nickname and image; LB Zach Thomas; RB Felix Jones (first-round
draft pick from owner Jerry Jones' alma mater, Arkansas); CB Mike
IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Julius Jones; LB Akin Ayodele; S Keith
Davis; NG Jason Ferguson; assistant head coach/offensive line coach
Tony Sparano, now Miami's head coach.
CAMP NEEDS: Determine how cornerback/kick returner who wants to
be formerly known as "Pacman" fits in after being suspended from
NFL all last season, and hope nothing happens to keep commissioner
Roger Goodell from reinstating Jones for regular season. With
uncertain status of 34-year-old WR Terry Glenn (only two games last
season after two operations on right knee before contract
squabbles), need to solidify receiver spots opposite Owens.
EXPECTATIONS: A dozen seasons removed from winning their fifth
Super Bowl championship, the Cowboys appear to have what's needed
to end that drought. All Pro Bowlers are back and Jerry Jones is
anxious for super return on his big spending of past few years.
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