Cowboys still need "camp mentality"

August, 18, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the first time since July 18, the Dallas Cowboys were able to sleep in their own beds after returning to Dallas late Saturday night following their 12-7 loss at Arizona.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would not put the overall result and the poor play of the offense on the possibility the players’ minds might have been home even if they were still playing a game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I do think we played hard with the right kind of spirit and competitiveness,” Garrett said.

The Cowboys are off Sunday, but when they report back to work on Monday at Valley Ranch for the first time this summer, Sean Lee wants the mindset they had in Oxnard, Calif., to be the same now that they are home.

“I don’t think we’re close to being ready for the first week of the season,” Lee said. “We still have to take the next two weeks and improve every week. We still need to have that camp mentality when we get back to Dallas.”

The Cowboys will practice in the morning to avoid the hot afternoon temperatures and will hold a practice Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.

“I think it’s easier in some ways when you’re back in your element,” Lee said. “Back at home you can kind of take that next step. Now it’s like getting in the routine that takes us through the regular season.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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