The Complete Dallas Cowboys Training Guide
The Dallas Cowboys start training camp in just a few days time with the primary goal being to build a postseason-bound team. Big D has missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
In order to end this recent streak, the Cowboys will look to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to call the offense and Monte Kiffin to find success with his Tampa 2 defense.
While the coaching staff and defensive outlook have seen changes, the Cowboys might also see some new faces on the roster. Veterans Will Allen and Justin Durant could start for Kiffin's new 4-3. The offensive line will surely feature rookie Travis Frederick in a starting role.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys' faithful will be hoping these changes will bring an NFC East title or at least a Wild Card playoff berth in 2013.
In the following slides, we'll look at the Cowboys from every possible angle heading into training camp in Oxnard, Calif.
Training Camp, Preseason Schedule
Training Camp Schedule
(All times listed in Pacific Coast time, as the Cowboys' camp is in Oxnard, California.)
July 21: 4 p.m.
July 22: 4 p.m.
July 23: 4 p.m.
July 24: 4 p.m.
July 26: 4 p.m.
July 27: 5:15 p.m.
July 28: 2:30 p.m.
July 29: 4 p.m.
July 30: 4 p.m.
Aug. 1: 4 p.m.
Aug. 2: 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 6: 4 p.m.
Aug. 7: 4 p.m.
Aug. 11: 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 12: 4 p.m.
Aug. 13: 4 p.m.
Aug. 14: closed to the public
Aug. 15: 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 16: break training camp.
(All times listed in Eastern Standard time)
Aug. 4: vs. Miami Dolphins at 8 p.m. (Hall of Fame game)
Aug. 9: at Oakland Raiders at 10 p.m.
Aug. 17: at Arizona Cardinals at 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: vs. Cincinnati Bengals at 8 p.m.
Aug. 29: vs. Houston Texans at 8 p.m.
The Cowboys have already trimmed down their roster before camp and will have to continue to do so as the new season approaches.
With almost 30 players to cut before now and then, the coaching staff has plenty of work ahead. At the same time, players will need to be making lasting impressions in order to wear the star on their helmet next season.
For complete analysis on the current Cowboys' roster click here.
Dallas has plenty of questions to find the answer to before next season kicks off. The team has to hope its players adjust to not only new personnel but a new philosophy on both sides of the ball.
Monte Kiffin is implementing a new defensive system, while the Cowboys are still looking to improve the offensive line to protect Tony Romo. There's also NFC East rivals like defending division champions Washington to figure out.
For a the full list of burning questions facing Big D before next season click here.
Biggest Camp Battles
From the No. 3 wide receiver position, to both starting safety positions, there are more than a few opportunities up for grabs.
Rookies both drafted and undrafted are looking to make their names in Dallas, as are veteran newcomers. Some of the veteran Cowboys will need to bring their A-game to camp.
Dallas will surely see some new names on the starting roster on both the offensive and defensive side of the football.
For a look at the biggest training camp battles, click here.
Rookie and Undrafted Free Agent Watch
While most drafted rookies will likely make the 2013 squad, the undrafted players are doing their best to make their cases to be as well.
Names like Kendial Lawrence could make some waves around training camp and make life difficult for more than a few veterans.
The Cowboys will also be keeping a keen eye on some of its more surprising 2013 draft picks like Gavin Escobar and Travis Frederick.
For a complete analysis of the Cowboys' rookies and UDFAs, click here.
The harsh reality for the 80-plus Cowboys currently on the roster is that more than a couple dozen will have to be shown the door before September.
Guys like Eric Frampton, who have a tough camp battle ahead of them, are already on the bubble before the first practice has begun.
The Cowboys will have to part ways with some talent they might even be fond of before next season begins, but that's how things go in the NFL.
For a complete look at which players are on bubble watch heading into training camp, click here.
Projected 53-Man Roster
After all the two-a-days and exhibition bouts, only 53 players will get to call themselves members of the Dallas Cowboys.
Some have nothing to worry about and are simply looking to get into game shape over the next month. Others are fighting for their jobs and trying to make the cut for one of the NFL's most high profile teams.
For complete analysis and projects for the Cowboys' 2013 roster heading into next season, click here.