The Dallas Cowboys assembled Monday for the first day of the offseason conditioning program but, even before then, quarterback Tony Romo was quite pleased with how many teammates he saw regularly at team headquarters at Valley Ranch, getting a head start on the work of the offseason.
“We’ve had a great turnout,” Romo told the team’s official website. “A lot of guys are wanting to get in and get after it, and I think that’s a great sign. I’m all for seeing all the guys in there every day. You’re always getting better.”
In the first few weeks of the program, the Cowboys (and all 31 other teams, for that matter) primarily focus on strength and conditioning, and rehab for injured players; then next month, once the draft class is complete, they’ll move into on-field work. The offseason program wraps up with a total of 10 days worth of organized team activities, during which no contact is permitted, but teams can run 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
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“None of this is mandatory,” said Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. “We’ve made a pact: When we’re here, we are going to work. When you’re in the building, you need to give 110 percent. You should be exhausted when you leave this building, mentally and physically.”