With organized team activities opening on Tuesday, the rookies on the Dallas Cowboys roster are going to hear a lot from Jason Garrett about competition, and creating that competition.
“For all rookies, I think going into OTAs Coach Garrett does a great job of telling them, ‘Create competition,’” veteran tight end Jason Witten told the team’s official website. “A lot of them we’re counting on to play and play significant roles, and others are going to be contributors. This is the start of it. We’ve had good offseason workouts so far, but nothing like going to the field and taking those practice reps and getting better.”
This week is the first of three weeks of OTAs, leading up to the first mandatory minicamp of the offseason in mid-June.
Among those rookies who will likely see a lot of action in 2015 are first round pick, defensive back Byron Jones; second rounder, defensive end Randy Gregory; fourth rounder, linebacker Damien Wilson; and, of course, La’el Collins, the first round-graded offensive tackle who was signed as an undrafted free agent.