After last weekend’s draft, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones believes the team is in much better shape than they were (a) at this time last year and (b) at the end of last season.
“We are better just simply because we are ready for it this year, and we have numbers that we don’t have to be bringing people in,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “For me, I feel better tonight than I did when we quit playing last year. That isn’t just optimism for me. I, factually, can look down here and say we’re a better team than we were this time last year as reality would have it.”
Jerry’s son and the team’s executive vice president Stephen Jones agrees with his Dad’s assessment. The team brought in over 20 undrafted free agents on top of their nine draft choices, which the Joneses hope will foster an ultra-competitive atmosphere at Valley Ranch.
“No question. We’re younger. We’re better,” Stephen Jones said. “We’ll have over 30 players between our draft picks and our free agents--that’s a third of our football team--that are going to be either drafted or signed over the last three days. We’ll end up cutting quite a few players, when we’re through signing everybody, guys that as we’ve been going through the last week or so that we feel like, ‘Hey, we need to get younger and we need to give some young guys a chance to show.’ I think we got better.”
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