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Friday, August 16, 2013
Garrett: Training camp 'very competitive'

By Tim MacMahon

OXNARD, Calif. -- This was as competitive as any training camp he’s been around, NFL lifer Jason Garrett claimed. As camp wrapped up, he challenged the Cowboys to keep that intensity.

“Don’t have that leaving-training-camp mentality,” receiver Dez Bryant said, recalling Garrett’s message to the team at the end of Friday morning’s walkthrough. “We’ve still got work to do.”

The next stop is Arizona, where the Cowboys play the Cardinals in a preseason game Saturday night, with the majority of the starters scheduled to play 15, maybe 20 snaps. The Cowboys will be home for the rest of their preparation time leading up to the regular season.

“The message is don’t change a whole lot,” Garrett said. “It’s the same kind of message about trying to be your best and working hard each and every day.

“I thought we had a really good camp. Guys came in in shape, ready to go, worked hard. I thought it was very competitive, as competitive a training camp as I’ve been around. Really a tribute to the players and the approach they’ve taken. We try to put them in those situations, but they have to respond to those situations.”