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Notes: Camp Additions, Garrett Talks Sensabaugh, Rookies React
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys added four workout players to this weekend's minicamp roster on Friday night.
Texas Tech wide receiver Darrin Moore decided not to return to camp following the afternoon's second practice. The Cowboys will replace him with former TCU receiver Antoine Hicks.
The team also added two running backs to Saturday's workouts - Jarred Salubi of Baylor and former Oklahoma running back Dominique Whaley. Salubi was a participant in last month's Dallas Day workouts for local prospects. The additions were made after Ray Holley left the field with an injury during Friday's second practice.
The final addition was former Rice tight end Taylor Cook.
Garrett Reacts to Sensabaugh's Retirement
The Cowboys moved Gerald Sensabaugh to the reserve/retired list Friday morning, one day after he signed a contract to end his career with Dallas.
The move came just more than two months after the Cowboys released the 29-year-old safety, who had played one season of a five-year extension. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he was surprised to hear of the decision.
“It did surprise me – I think he has football left in him,” Garrett said. “I haven’t talked to him since then, but he’s a young football player with a lot of football left in him.”
The Cowboys released the eight-year veteran in March in an effort to save space on the salary cap. Sensabaugh played 15 games in 2012, but it was his first season of his four-year Cowboy career in which he didn’t notch a turnover.
Though Garrett said he thought Sensabaugh could continue playing, he added that desire to do so was a critical element to an NFL career.
“One of the things that’s line one in football is the desire to do it,” he said. “It’s a hard, physical game, and if you don’t really want to do it, you’re in the wrong profession.”
Sensabaugh was drafted in in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played four years there before finding himself in Dallas. He tallied 312 tackles and 14 interceptions during his career.
Rookies React to First Workout
Cowboys coaches got their first live look at their new investments from the NFL draft. Garrett and several of his assistant coaches spoke at length on the importance of getting their rookies into the organization and getting them acclimated.
This wasn’t the first trip to Valley Ranch for any of the Cowboys’ high profile picks – Travis Frederick, Gavin Escobar or Terrance Williams. But the Cowboys’ top three picks spoke at length about the excitement surrounding their first day in helmets.
“The tempo is really high, and everyone is competing for a job. The competition is high,” Escobar said. “The thing that kind of jumped out at me is all the plays and knowing the playbook, and that’s something that, first and foremost, I need to know and needs to be second nature to me.”
Williams agreed with his pass-catching counterpart about the transition. But the Texas native said some things about the switch are welcome. Coming from Baylor’s up-tempo, high-flying offense in the Big XII, Williams said it was a nice change to have a break between plays.
“The game speed was a whole lot faster than it was in college, but as far as the whole getting plays, I finally get a break,” Williams said. “Instead of running from hash to hash, I can finally get into a huddle now and catch my breath for a little bit.”
Cowboys Sign Holloman
It’s not often to have a rookie sign a contract before he’s even reported to practice. But linebacker Devonte Holloman, the Cowboys’ sixth round pick and seventh pick overall in the draft, did just that Friday morning.
Holloman agreed to terms with the Cowboys just hours before the first session of rookie minicamp. The former South Carolina standout is the first of Dallas’ seven draftees to ink his deal, as he hopes to land a roster spot as a special teams contributor.
Holloman spent time at both safety and outside linebacker for South Carolina, where he started 35 games and made 207 total tackles during a four-year career.