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Tuesday Cowboys Camp Reports

First off, if you haven't ever checked out Rafael Vela's practice reports, they are great reads. Here are today's AMPM and Monday's PM. Vela looks at special teams and offensive line performances in depth.

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Calvin Watkins also has his AM and PM reports, and Tim McMahon asks whether John Phillips is pushing for Martellus Bennett's snaps. They are very different players, and McMahon acknowledges that. I will say that Phillips' skill set is a nice complement for the featured guys in this offense. 

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Todd Archer has his practice observations as well. He says that Roy WIlliams has strung together a few nice practices. Archer also says that Alex Barron has looked good so far in camp.

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McMahon also has a piece on Brandon Williams, a guy who I think could be one of the stories of this camp. Williams fits a formula for a value pick: good production in college but a slow 40 time, and a drafter - Wade Phillips in this case - who knows exactly what he's looking for at the position and knows how to develop this type of player. Williams has impressed Phillips, who talked about his quickness off the ball in his press conference today.

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Nick Eatman looks at why Marion Barber will be starting at running back for Dallas. I've been one of the many who anticipate that Barber will need to be marginalized some this season, but I suppose I'll wait to see for myself just how much quicker he looks with the the dropped poundage before I debate the point.

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Kyle Kosier is getting a look at center, the hope presumably being that the Cowboys can dress just two backup offensive linemen on game day.

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Phillips announced just before afternoon practice that Felix Jones would miss with a bit of swelling in his knee, but Jones surprised and practiced anyway. See our injuries StoryStream for updates on notable problems. 

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Elsewhere, Osi Umenyiora appears to have a pretty serious hip problem still lingering, and Terrell Owens joins a notorious group - at least in Dallas - on the Bengals.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.