As the Dallas Cowboys go through Organized Team Activities (OTAs), fans are getting an early glimpse of what the Cowboys think about certain players. Every year, players who aren't believed to be much more then a camp body can turn into real contributors.
For rookies and free-agent signees, OTAs are the first opportunity to prove themselves with their new team. For some returning players, the practices represent an opportunity to show improvement from the prior year.
Even though it is still very early in the process, there still has been movement up and down the depth chart. It is very important, especially for the young players, to start off well in OTAs and the mandatory minicamp and carry that momentum through training camp to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.
The most important aspect of OTAs and minicamps are for players to learn the Cowboys playbook and schemes. If a player doesn't grasp the playbook now, then they likely won't last long when training camp starts.
An important attribute players must have to be effective is to play fast. And a player can't play fast without intimate knowledge of the scheme and playbook. He must know his keys and assignments to be able to react quickly enough to get the job done. A large majority of work, to get to the point where that player can play fast, is done in the offseason.
Without further ado, here are some players who are making the most of the offseason and moving up the depth chart.