This year’s training camp is going to be much, much different for the Dallas Cowboys.
There won’t be any cameras from HBO following Tony Romo around. No more Terrell Owens rants, questions, catches, etc.
But one thing is always the same at training camp: Jobs will be won and lost, careers will begin or end and dreams will start or be shattered.
Since training camp is less than a week away, we here at The Landry Hat are doing a series that showcases five different position battles to keep an eye on during two-a-days.
Number 5: Backup Nose Tackle.
Defensive tackle might be the position where the Dallas Cowboys are the thinnest.
Our starter, Pro-Bowler Jay Ratliff is pretty darn good. After him, though, is a collection of guys who have been in and out of the NFL over the last few years.
See if you recognize any of these names: Tim Anderson, Jonas Seawright and Junior Siavii.
No? That’s because every one of them has spent at least one full season out of football. Siavii sat out 2006 and 2007, Tim Anderson missed the 2008 season and Seawright has been out since 2006.
So this position battle, as inglorious as it may be, is wide open.
Anybody else that the Cowboys bring in has to be the favorite here. I guess Tim Anderson would have the slight edge here, having played more than any of the other candidates.
But if Jerry Jones goes and gets somebody who has stayed in the NFL since he was drafted, which Jones should do, that player would have to be the odds-on favorite.
Long Shot: Jonas Seawright
Seawright might look the part at 6’6, 335 pounds, but he didn’t play the part when he got his chance with the Giants in 2006.
Seawright played in nine games that season. He had one tackle. Good luck, buddy.
Jerry either has to go looking for another nose tackle or we’re stuck with one of these bums.
Next: Nickel Backer