We’re just a day away from the Dallas Cowboys’ first practice of training camp 2014, and for players, it represents a sort of calm before the storm.
"It's truly work," said second-year center Travis Frederick, ESPN Dallas. "We're out here to work. We're out here to make our team better. I think that the team's done a really good job of doing things in the offseason. I can speak especially for the offensive line and tell you that our group has put in the work and we're ready to go. I know that we've seen that throughout the other (groups). We don't always get to work out with everybody else but every chance that I've seen guys are in here working, they're working extra and guys are excited and ready to go."
The mindset on the other side of the ball is pretty much the same. Starting safety and (suddenly) a veteran leader among the secondary, Barry Church says the super-competitive nature of camp is beneficial for all involved.
"The mindset is just to get better as a whole and as a defense specifically," Church said. "I'm part of the defensive side. When we go out there we just make sure everybody--from top to bottom, either first string or fourth string--knows their playbook front and back."
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