Training camp vs. spring training?
Brandon Weeden wasted no time in saying he doesn’t miss playing baseball. He went to spring training for four years from 2003-06 and his pitching career flamed out as he reached only the High A level. But Weeden resurrected his sports career by turning to football. He became a star quarterback at Oklahoma State and is going into his third NFL training camp — first with the Cowboys. Here’s five ways Weeden breaks down the comparison:
1“The mindset. Guys use spring training to kind of come in and get in shape and use it to get reps. In football, you’ve got to come here in shape. There’s a whole process before it all starts.”
2“The environment, just how relaxing spring training is. I mean, it’s chill. As a pitcher, if you’re not playing that day, you’re done by noon and you can be on the golf course or at the pool or whatever you want to do in the afternoon. Here, it’s 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s more of a grind.”
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3“Living conditions. We’re spoiled here in Oxnard. The whole setup is unbelievable and about as good as it’s going to get. I remember my last year in baseball, spring training with the Royals in Surprise [Ariz.], and we’d go eat at Luby’s every day at 4 p.m. with all the old people. So the food and all of that is a lot better here.”
4“The length. Spring training is a lot longer and a little more laid back. A lot of people are shocked when I tell them baseball players can leave in the middle of the game when they’re taken out. You just go, get your work in and you’re done. Everyone here is on pretty much the same schedule and working together.”
5“One similarity — camaraderie. You spend so much time together, either in the locker room or away from the field, that you get to know the guys pretty well. There are not many similarities, but that’s one of them.”
Jason Garrett is always looking for different ways to motivate his team and jumped at the opportunity to talk with tennis legend Billie Jean King this off-season. Garrett had a lengthy phone conversation with King, which was set up through the Star-Telegram’s own Charean Williams, and shared what it meant to him before camp got under way.
“It was an amazing conversation,” Garrett said. “I can remember being a kid seeing her play and obviously being at the top of her field. She was No. 1 in the world for a number of years.
“She’s one of these really brilliant people who says, ‘You know I really don’t know anything about it. I love watching football. I follow your team. I don’t know anything about it.’ Then, she’d say 10 things that were remarkably dead on and insightful.”
Quote of the day
“Fungible? I have no clue what that word is … interchangeable, replaceable? Hopefully [Jerry Jones] is not using it when he’s talking about me. I hope I’m not replaceable, interchangeable.” — Defensive end George Selvie on his thoughts about Jones using the word “fungible”
1,856 Announced attendance for Day 1 of camp
The Cowboys released guard Tyronne Green. ... Former University of Texas DT Chris Whaley is back with Cowboys after clearing waivers. He is on the roster on the non-football injury list and will redshirt in 2014.
G Ronald Leary (strained hamstring): Placed on PUP list but is expected to return early next week.
DE Anthony Spencer (microfracture surgery on knee): Placed on PUP list and will be monitored daily.
DT Amobi Okoye (personal health issue): Placed on non-football injury list.