First-round C Travis Frederick is running with the starters in Cowboys OTAs.
Owner Jerry Jones is handing Frederick the job, which is unusual even for top-ten picks. Frederick was the No. 31 selection in last month's draft. Typically, the charade of "competition" is carried out through at least minicamp. Labeled a "reach" by most draftniks and league insiders, Frederick will be on the spot as a rookie.
Cowboys WR Danny Coale (knee) is practicing at OTAs Tuesday.
Coale tore his ACL in November, and it's unlikely that he's going through practice full-speed. It's still good news for the 2012 fifth-round pick because just 11 days ago he had yet to be medically cleared. After spending last season on the practice squad, Coale faces an uphill battle for a roster spot.
Tony Romo will miss OTAs after undergoing surgery to have a cyst removed from his back last month.
Romo had the procedure done just before the draft and only needs a few more weeks to recover. The 33-year-old is optimistic that he'll be cleared in time for mandatory minicamp from June 12-14, but he'll certainly be all systems go for training camp. Romo says he could play if the season started today.
ESPN Dallas still considers Dwayne Harris the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver.
"Harris is the No. 3 receiver, but rookie Terrance Williams wasn't drafted in the third round to sit the bench," writes Calvin Watkins. It's going to be a competition to keep an eye on. Harris came on down the stretch last season, catching 17 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown over the final seven games. In a high-volume passing attack, the No. 3 spot could yield some fantasy value.
The Cowboys' goal is to make No. 31 overall pick Travis Frederick the starting center as a rookie.
Frederick will "compete" with Phil Costa and Ryan Cook, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has already stated that the rookie will immediately be a starter. Aside from LT Tyron Smith, the Cowboys' offensive line was a disaster last season. Both guard spots and right tackle are up for grabs in training camp.
The Dallas Morning News expects fourth-round CB B.W. Webb to "make an impact" this season.
Webb wasn't drafted to be a starter, but he should see immediate playing time in nickel and dime packages. The Cowboys view Webb as the eventual replacement for current slot corner Orlando Scandrick. Webb has generated a ton of buzz since minicamp and shouldn't have any trouble finding his way on the field as a rookie.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith has revealed he dealt with near constant harassment from his family about money last season.
Smith was forced to file a protective order against his parents, and called the police on two of his sisters after they showed up at his house unannounced to "harass and torment" him "in the pursuit of collecting financial gain." It had to be a draining distraction for a player making the transition to the blindside, but the 22-year-old Smith still graded out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Smith is a candidate to take a big step forward this season.