- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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CANTON, Ohio – The Cowboys have been practicing in Oxnard, Calif., since July 21, but a normal training camp schedule is about to begin.
“You always appreciate the extra week and always appreciate the extra practice time,” coach Jason Garrett said, “We made an effort as a staff to use it to our benefit as oppose to a detriment. With the way we’ve practiced it’s been good for the team. The players are fresh, but we got a lot of bonus work in. Now we get the normal rhythm of the preseason. (But) anytime young players get a chance to play in a game, that’s a positive for them. This is when they grow the most.”
But the Cowboys hope to see more veterans practice on a full-time basis this week. Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau practiced for the first time last week and did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go this week. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff could also see his first work of training camp.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was pleased with the outcome of Sunday’s 24-20 win against Miami, but he was more pleased with what he saw from the younger players that will benefit them in the long run, like Travis Frederick, Ronald Leary and the running backs.
“We got everything we had hoped we would get out of having this extra ballgame help build our team,” Jones said.