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Garrett Oozing Optimism Despite Sketchy Offseason



    The Cowboys contend that they’ll be a deeper team in 2014.

    A month from now we’ll begin learning if they’re a better one.

    Difficult to be too excited about the team’s offseason when it began with Sean Lee suffering a season-ending injury, featured Tony Romo not taking any live action snaps and was void of familiar faces like DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin.

    And in the draft, the Cowboys settled on Zack Martin when the Steelers up and nabbed the linebacker they coveted, Ryan Shazier.

    But as minicamp closed Thursday at Valley Ranch, head coach Jason Garrett – embarking on the make-or-break final year of his contract – was oozing optimism through the heat and humidity.

    “We had a really good practice to finish a really good minicamp to finish a really good offseason program,” Garrett told a slew of sweaty reporters. “We have the right kind of guys on our football team. They work the right way. They’re coming together. We have a long, long way to go and we all know that. We’ve made great strides here over the course of the offseason. I like how our team works and now it’s time for them to get away from it and come back recharged, ready to go, and get ready for training camp.”

    The Cowboys leave for Oxnard on July 22 and officially open training camp with a full-pads practice on July 24.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.