There's little doubt that the veterans of the Dallas Cowboys know the importance of offseason workouts, like those comprising this weekend's three-day mini-camp, which wrapped up on Sunday with a practice at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
This doesn't mean, however, that they like them. Linebacker Bradie James said this weekend that the veterans of the team don't exactly look forward to these early offseason workouts. It's not hard to see why: over three days, Dallas practiced in temperatures up to 98 degrees.
"Kyle Kosier just said, 'How come we hate this more than training camp?'" James said on Friday. "And I think it's more that [in training camp] we see the end, we see the light."
Of course, the same players that detest these workouts wouldn't have it any other way. Particularly for the younger members of the team, the offseason workouts are crucial in the always-trying transition from college to the NFL.
"We've been practicing, practicing, practicing, but it's good because it simulates what we'll be going through in a couple months, a month," James said. "I think the continuity is great and we're still having fun. It's good for [the rookies] because they have no clue. I remember my rookie year, you hit that wall so early, so hopefully they can hit that wall in preseason game five and bounce back off of it.
"That's a lot of practices, but that's what it takes to be a pro."