The Cowboys’ player-organized workouts have been well attended this month, with most of the players on last year’s team showing up. But so far, no rookies have attended.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who organized the workouts, told Charean Williams of the Star Telegram that 45 veterans attended the workouts last week. However, so far none of the eight players the Cowboys drafted last month have shown up.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is firmly in the camp that thinks the offseason workouts will give the Cowboys an advantage over teams that aren’t having as many organized practices.
“It’s been good for us,” Witten said. “I think we said at the beginning when we did this that we wanted to get an edge in the off-season. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do. We were 6-10 last year, so we have a lot we can get better at. [Romo] has done a good job of leading it, but a lot of other guys, too, are being responsible for their group — Marc Colombo and [Keith] Brooking and Bradie James and DeMarcus [Ware]. There are so many guys. It’s really an opportunity for us as leaders to take our team to another level. It’s been good from the standpoint of there’s no distractions. It’s go in and go to work and get better.”
Romo said he still expects to have an official training camp, preseason and full regular season.
“I still have a firm belief that people who make the decisions will come to a conclusion here that will be a benefit for all parties,” Romo said. “To all the players, it’s obvious: We want to play football. We want to be out there, and we want to be doing what we love to do. I hope, and I expect that will happen.”
But until it does happen, Romo, not Jason Garrett, will be the one organizing the practices.