July 30, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys players go through some stretching during opening day of training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys Training Camp: Let The Games Begin

Dallas Cowboy’s training camp is here and the competition is heating up. Yesterday was the first day of workouts, and after all the festivities and the opening ceremony, the players got to work on the gridiron. There were many occurrences that happened at camp yesterday, from Bill Nagy getting x-rays too Mike Jenkins breaking his silence. Considering it was only the first day, there is a lot to talk about.

One incident that caught my attention was the battle for the safety position, which arose due to the absence of Brodney Pool. Pool was unable to participate in practice because he failed a conditioning test. Consequently, he was forced to work with conditioning coaches and watch from the sidelines as his competition gained momentum. As of this moment, Barry Church has the leg up in the safety competition.

Furthermore, the combination of Danny McCray and Matt Johnson working only with the second team, and the void Pool created, Church has the opportunity to create separation for himself. It’s not something to get overly worked up about since it was only first day of training camp. And it is possible Brodney Pool can be on the field as early as today. Remember, besides the safety position, there are not too many open starting positions up for grabs. This should be a position of interest this offseason hence it is something to keep an eye out for.

Something else to keep an eye on is Mike Jenkins. Now that he has broken his silence and denied reports of trade demands, it will be interesting to see how Rob Ryan will utilize him. Try visualizing Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, and Mike Jenkins working together on the field. With that much talent at cornerback, it will be difficult for opposing offenses to handle.

The Cowboy’s defense now has stability and youth at the cornerback position and appears much improved on paper. But we wont know if they have really improved until we see them play against opposing offenses. As for the safety position, I would continue to keep my eye on Barry Church. He has the potential to emerge as the front-runner in the safety position battle.

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