Cowboys' Hot Routes: Top 5 initialized players

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Top 5 initialized players

J.J. Wilcox has become a hit in practice. The rookie safety is making his way up the depth chart with a combination of aggressiveness and ball-hawking, so much so that he might make his way into the starting lineup sooner than expected. Fellow rookie B.W. Webb had an interception in the scrimmage last weekend, giving himself a chance to make the team, too. If they do, they would be one of only a few guys with initials for their first names who have played for the Cowboys. Here are the top five:

1 D.D. Lewis, linebacker, 1968 and ’70-81. Played in 186 games for the Cowboys. Made eight interceptions.

2 L.P. Ladouceur, long snapper, 2005 to present. Has played for the Cowboys eight seasons without making a mistake.

3 L.G. Dupre, running back, 1960-61. Led the Cowboys in rushing in 1960 with 362 yards, plus three TDs.

4 J.D. Smith, running back, 1965-66. Part-time back final two years with Cowboys after 4,000-yard career as 49er.

5 J.W. Lockett, running back, 1961-62. Multipurpose back and punt returner.

Hall of Fame stage

Rookie running back Joseph Randle has to be feeling better about himself. He sounds like it, anyway. He smiled when he talked about playing in the preseason opener in Canton, Ohio. “It’s going to be a big deal for me,” he said. “First NFL game. And getting to do it in front of the Hall of Famers? I mean, how much better does it get?”

Williams hurt

Rookie receiver Terrance Williams landed on his back and hit the back of his head during practice Friday. He left with a team doctor and did not return. On the sideline, he was examined without his helmet and appeared to be given a concussion test.

Remembering Canton

Jason Garrett remembers his first visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I was in seventh grade. I remember walking in there and just being completely amazed by the place,” he said Friday. Garrett said he lived outside of Cleveland when he was growing up, and he remembers the feel and atmosphere of football in Ohio, and the Hall of Fame. “I’ve played in this game. I’ve coached in this game. And every time I go there, I have this same kind of feeling.”

Quote board

“I went through this situation last year, so I know it. I know it well. There’ll be opportunities. … I’ll get opportunities, and we’ll go from there. I don’t know how many opportunities there’ll be, but there’ll be some opportunities.” — Injured receiver Danny Coale, on losing time to make the team

Numbers game

2,854 Attendance on Friday in training camp, bringing the camp total to 39,394.

Injury report

LB Alex Albright, back, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Landon Cohen, eye, day-to-day

C Ryan Cook, lower back, undetermined

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

TE James Hanna, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

OG Kevin Kowalski, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Nate Livings, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Jeff Olson, head and eye, indefinite

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

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