5 Questions for the Start of Training Camp

Here are some questions facing the Cowboys heading into training camp...


1. Will Tony Romo get a new contract?
Although Romo wants a new deal, it's not in the best interest of the Cowboys to do anything until at least midseason.

At least then they can determine whether Romo is actually deserving of a new contract. And if Romo lives up to expectations, he will come out the biggest winner. Owner Jerry Jones has never had a problem paying his players top dollar when they deserve it.

2. Will Terrell Owens have a controversy-free season?
No. It's just not in Owens' nature to not have an issue with something. And rest assured there will be something that comes up with Owens this season. Still, that doesn't mean he will be a distraction for the Cowboys. If he comes up with the same numbers he had last year minus the dropped passes, he will be a plus. Keep in mind that new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will make a point to get Owens the ball as much as possible.

3.How many sacks will DeMarcus Ware have?
There has been a lot of talk about Ware approaching Shawne Merriman's sack total of a year ago. Ware had 11.5 in 2006 while Merriman notched 17. The biggest difference in 2007 is that Merriman's old coach and old scheme is now Ware's new coach and new scheme. Ware will be attacking the quarterback every down like Merriman did last year. Look for Ware to at least equal Merriman's 17 from last year. Of course, remember Merriman missed four games due to a suspension.

4. Will the Cowboys carry two kickers?
Look for Martin Gramatica to handle field goals. Rookie Nick Folk will likely start the season on the practice squad and could eventually be used to handle kickoffs. But make no mistake. This season is about winning and the Cowboys are not going to take a chance on a rookie kicker. So Gramatica will be the man. The question is whether they will have the luxury of carrying two kickers on the roster.

5. Will safety Roy Williams be a consistent impact player again?
There will be no excuses for Williams in 2007. Wade Phillips is taking him out off coverage responsibility and will use him close to the line of scrimmage where he plays best. He also plays linebacker in the nickel defense. So the Cowboys should get more impact plays from Williams at and behind the line of scrimmage. CAMP CALENDAR: Camp opens July 24 with a press conference and a kickoff party. The players must be there by 8 a.m. on July 25 with their first practice set for 2:30 that afternoon. Camp ends Aug. 8.

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