May 23, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) defends against receiver Dez Bryant (88) during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Camp Competition: The ‘Boys Have Come Out To Play


One of the best things about training camp is the competition between players vying for the same roster spot. Guys will do everything they can to beat out the other guy and get a chance to be on the big stage. Naturally this breeds competition between opposite sides of the ball at the same time. Just like in year’s past, this is prevalent at Cowboys’ camp.

Obviously to get the most out of the players there has to be competition. Competition brings the best out of players and in turn puts a competitive team on the field for the season… hopefully. Not only does there need to be competition for starting spots, but for second and third string players as well. The NFL season, and the game of football for that matter, is  a brutal one. More often than not these depth-chart players play a substantial role for the team.

May 23, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) defends against receiver Dez Bryant (88) during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

So far the most exciting competition is not between two guys fighting for the same spot, but rather between two guys that are going to have a spot on the roster come week 1. Dez Bryant vs. Brandon Carr has been a show of two talented players trying to show why they costed as much as they did, as well as why they are unquestioned starters on this year’s roster.

So in an effort to make sure they are both fine-tuned machines, these two have been lining up across from one another on a regular basis. Needless to say the two have shown why they are considered one of the best at their respective positions on the roster. Some days Bryant gets the better of Carr, and other days it’s the other way around. This is only going to make each player better and make the Cowboys in general more competitive throughout the season. By far this is one of the best, and most exciting competitions to watch througout this year’s training camp.

Other News and Notes

  •  So far Kevin Ogletree has the inside track on the third receiver position. This may not matter much if Dallas is actually in talks with free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress
  • Mackenzy Bernadeau is back to practice and will get some looks at center. Considering the inconsistant play of the other players vyeing for center, this may be a good thing.
  • Derrick Dockery is pushing hard for a roster spot. With Nate Livings still out with a hamstring injury, Dockery is filling a much needed hole at the guard postion.
  • James Hanna is proving to be more than what most, including myself, game him credit for. Reports from Oxnard say that he is quick and making plays. With John Phillips out right now this may be Hanna’s chance to move up the depth chart.

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