Training Camp Well Underway

With the Dallas Cowboys training camp now in full gear, here are several important news and notes headed into the first full week in Oxnard, California.

Battle of the Week: Quincy Carter vs. Vinny Testaverde for starting QB -- Carter is the incumbent who led the Cowboys to 10 wins last season. However, he must be better in 2004 to keep his job. He had 21 interceptions last season and that won't be tolerated. Testaverde is a veteran whom Bill Parcells trusts. He will either push Carter to new heights or replace him if he falters. Make no mistake about it, though, this is a competition for the starting job.

Other Battle Fronts: Eddie George and Julius Jones at running back is more tandem than competition. Both will play and hopefully complement each other with George's power and Jones' speed. ... Bradie James and Dexter Coakley at weakside linebacker is a true battle. The two will alternate daily with the first team. The Cowboys hope the bigger and faster James has a breakout season and unseats three-time Pro Bowler Coakley.

Player of the Week: S Tony Dixon -- This four-year veteran has done little since joining the Cowboys as a second round pick. He has yet to be become a starter, making just two tackles in the regular defense last year. With Darren Woodson out for training camp with a back problem, Dixon has a chance to show the Cowboys can be the starter for future. Either he steps up in Woodson's absence, or the Cowboys will look for his replacement.

Rookie Report: RB Julius Jones signed a six year deal with the Cowboys that includes a $1.9 million signing bonus. ... OT Jacob Rogers signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys that voids back the four that includes a $1.4 million signing bonus. ... G Stephen Peterman signed a four year deal with a $650,000 signing bonus. ... CB Bruce Thornton signed a four-year deal for a total of $1.75 million.

Injury Report: SS Darren Woodson is out six to eight weeks after undergoing back surgery. He has been placed on the active physically unable to perform list.

C Gennaro DiNapoli should be back from a stress fracture in his foot before the end of preseason but he was still placed on the active physically unable to perform list.

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