* The Cowboys claimed TE J.J. Huggins off waivers from the Houston Texans this weekend.
Huggins was taken by the Texans with their last pick in the expansion draft after being left unprotected by the Cowboys. Dallas needed to pick up an additional tight end after rookie TE Bob Slowikowski, the Cowboys' sixth-round pick in last month's draft, tore knee ligaments during the team's minicamp last week.
Huggins, who played fullback for the Cowboys after Robert Thomas was injured last year, was released by the Texans this week.
* The letter that Emmitt Smith wrote to the entire team after last season is still being talked about around Valley Ranch, as well as the rest of the NFL. "I feel very good about where we are going," Smith said in an interview last week.
"The organization has tried to do everything possible to help us get better. Bringing in Bruce Coslet, and putting in a new system, acquiring all these players. How we come together is going to be very important now."
"When a guy like Emmitt Smith steps up like that, it's motivation for us," defensive tackle Brandon Noble said. "He said this is how it's done, let's do it, let's do something special. It was cool to see him do something like that and that will have a positive affect on the team going forward."
* Go ahead and pencil in second round draft pick Andre Gurode as a starter somewhere on that offensive line- most likely at center. "We have an awfully good opinion of Andre Gurode," said Dave Campo last week. Gurode has had looked outstanding during the two mini-camps held so far. In fact, he's pancaked a couple of guys on several occasions without going full speed.
* In other news, the Cowboys officially announced that training camp will be held in San Antonio this year. It marks the first time that an NFL team will exclusively hold their practices indoors.
While many people approve of the location, (in terms of the city) it's simply not a good move to practice indoors.
Training camp is when NFL players report to get back into playing shape, and practicing in the heat is a big part of that. Even though Campo is saying that the team is planning on "mixing it up" by moving some of the practices outdoors, it still shouldn't sit well with football purists.
It will be interesting to see if this effects the endurance of the team in the early stages of the season. Be sure to stay tuned to those close games that go late into the fourth quarter.
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