Cowboys trust in John Phillips

Dependable backup to Jason Witten expected to be a vital part of offense

Updated: June 25, 2012, 1:17 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Almost all of the stories about the Dallas Cowboys' 2009 draft class are about how bad it turned out to be.

Linebacker Jason Williams, the team's top pick that year, flamed out in less than two seasons. Third-round pick Robert Brewster, a guard, was another offensive line failure. Brandon Williams (fourth), DeAngelo Smith (fifth), Michael Hamlin (fifth), Stephen Hodge (sixth), Mike Mickens (seventh) and Manny Johnson (seventh) never made the team or never made an impact.

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