Three cities, 36 days, 40 practices, and 4,438 Dez Bryant stories later, Cowboys training camp has finally ended. The players reported to San Antonio on July 23, and wrapped up Friday in Oxnard, California. So what did we learn?
1. Patrick Crayton won’t be easy to dismiss. With Bryant hurt after a blistering start and Kevin Ogletree disappointing, the Cowboys realize they need Crayton to stabilize their receiver group.
2. Don’t call Felix Jones a starter just yet. We’re going to see a running back committee in Dallas just like last year, with Marion Barber in better position to have a big year.
3. Cowboys fans like to freak out about a few relatively sluggish preseason efforts on offense. Tony Romo will not be the problem on this team, people.
4. It’s probably not a big deal if Marcus Spears plays fewer snaps this year.
5. Losing safety Gerald Sensabaugh is a bigger concern. The Cowboys are thin at safety.
6. The offensive line is a concern. Doug Free solidified his starting left tackle spot over Alex Barron, but age and injuries have already started to catch up to the rest of the Cowboys line.
7. Losing tight end John Phillips for the season was a big blow, but the strong close to camp by Martellus Bennett provides hope that MartyB can finally live up to his promise.