- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys hold their mandatory minicamp Tuesday-Thursday but there is not much difference between one of these practices and the nine organized team activities they held in May and June.
"Some of the things are different as far as the structure (of the day) but the intensity will be the same," cornerback Brandon Carr said. "We'll probably turn it up a few more notches, but guys, believe me, we've been getting after it pretty good these past few weeks anyway. It's just longer days, more meetings. But it's still football."
Offseason football. The Cowboys will not be in pads, per league rules. It will also be a little bit of a review of what they went through in the OTAs. Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday will represent the early part of the OTA instillation with Wednesday and Thursday covering the rest of the OTA work.
"We're really laying the foundation for our offensive, defensive and the kicking game systems," Garrett said.
When the Cowboys reconvene in Oxnard, California, in July, the early practices will also be a review.
"You work hard to get up to this point to get ready for the OTAs and minicamp," running back DeMarco Murray said. "We had a good offseason of work with our strength coaches, had 10 practices with the OTAs and with these three days of minicamp coming up we've got to finish what we started and continue to work hard."