reps inside the Alamodome were precious to Romo. Now McGee, a fourth-round pick a year ago, understands he's auditioning for more time to grow in the Cowboys' system. Jon Kitna won't play forever, and the team will eventually need another primary backup to Romo. It'll be interesting to see if McGee makes good, snap decisions and seems comfortable in practice. We saw signs of such traits in the offseason.
Mike Hamlin: Right now Alan Ball is the projected starter at free safety. Hamlin is competing for reps, not just with Ball in the base defense, but possibly in certain packages. He has worked hard to get stronger in the offseason, forced some turnovers in OTAs, and the Cowboys like his instincts. If he keeps improving, they'll get him on the field somehow. Could be a starter in 2011.
Mike Jenkins: It was remarkable to see Jenkins' confidence grow, starting in camp last year all the way through the playoffs. He took ownership of the right cornerback job and rubber-stamped it with a Pro Bowl season. Now the 2008 first-round pick enters camp with high expectations, but he seems to have found a groove in this defense. The one-on-one pass drills are a good chance to watch Jenkins up close. He's got good catch-up speed that allows him to be physical at the line of scrimmage.
Boudro's: Can't live solely on concession food, so I had throw this in there: a Texas bistro located right on the River Walk. Great steak and fish.