Phase Three

A foot injury sidelined fifth-round pick Danny Coale on the first day of OTA's.

  • Brandon Carr. It's the first on-field look at the $50.1 Million Man since he signed a monster five-year contract on the second day of free agency. Carr is expected to start at cornerback from Day 1, and he could get some work on the left side after playing primarily the right side for the Chiefs since 2008. With first-round pick Morris Claiborne (wrist) and Mike Jenkins (shoulder) out, look for Orlando Scandrick to join Carr with the first team. * Wide receiver rotation. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are back as starters, but who's behind them? The Cowboys will use these workouts to closely evaluate a slew of young guys, though fifth-round pick Danny Coale will likely have to sit out due to a foot injury suffered Tuesday. They're high on second-year veteran Andre Holmes, who did not appear in a game last season. Kevin Ogletree is back for another shot at the No. 3 job, and first-year wideout Raymond Radway continues to make his way back from a serious leg injury. * DeMarco Murray. Last year's leading rusher says he's 100 percent recovered from ankle surgery. Like Radway and others coming off injuries, the Cowboys could be cautious with Murray. But we may get a chance to see how he's moving for the first time since he went down last Dec. 11 against the Giants. Before the injury, he was on pace to become the team's first 1,000-yard back since Julius Jones in 2006. * Tackles Flipping. The Cowboys believe last year's first-round pick Tyron Smith is ready to protect Tony Romo's blind side. They're also optimistic Doug Free will bounce back on the right side, where he started seven games in 2009 for an injured Marc Colombo. For both, it's a matter of reversing the plays and the techniques in their heads. The interior offensive line will have a new look, too, making Bill Callahan's unit the most intriguing position to watch besides corner. * Inside Linebackers. The club is optimistic last year's second-round pick Bruce Carter will eventually form an athletic tandem with Sean Lee. But free agent signing Dan Connor, a 19-game starter with Carolina, will challenge Carter for the job. All three figure to get plenty of snaps this year, especially with more nickel packages to counter spread formations. It's hard to evaluate linebackers without tackling, but Wednesday will present the first look at the new rotation.
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