IRVING, Texas --Due to the lockout, last year's rookies didn't have a single organized workout together until the team gathered in San Antonio for the start of training camp.
This year, in addition to a full offseason of allotted practices, the 2012 rookies will get an extra few days' work with coaches before the entire team departs for Oxnard, Calif., on July 28. It's a new provision for all teams in the reworked collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies, quarterbacks and injured players will report back to Valley Ranch on July 25 for workouts closed to the public.
"What we're going to try to do is create an environment for the players who are there where it can be really beneficial for them," head coach Jason Garrett said. We're not going to have quite the complement of linemen that we want, so we'll probably be more in a 7-on-7 type of situation throughout practice. There will be a little bit of team work, but there will be a lot of individual work.
"Really what you want to do is get these guys back and say, this is Day 1 all over again, and they start it up. You try to transition these guys as best you can. It's all new to them."