Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie has been to training camp with four teams. The farthest he had ever previously trained away from home was a two-hour drive.
After more than three weeks in Oxnard, Calif., Hanie, like his teammates, is ready to go home to Texas.
“This is a unique experience,” said Hanie, a Forney High School graduate. “I thought it was awesome, though, really. The weather’s great. The fans are great. We got a good turnout. The fields were in good shape. They’re starting to tear up a little bit. But you can’t complain about being at the beach, and then this schedule was player friendly.”
Here are the things Hanie can’t wait to get home to:
Quote of the day
“I don’t even know your name, but you know mine.” Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to a Raiders player between plays
It might have been the biggest kick Dan Bailey has faced in his career. All he had to do was make it, and the Cowboys were headed to the beach for the afternoon instead of returning to the field for a walk-through Wednesday.
And he … missed?
Bailey, one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL with a 90.8 career average, was wide left. After tight end Jason Witten yelled for a do-over, Bailey had the ball moved back 5 yards and nailed it.
The Cowboys spent the day on the team outing, an annual end-of-camp ritual.
“They gave him another one,” Witten said. “We didn’t want to do that walk-through. But yeah, that was a big kick by Dan. Dan’s pretty clutch. He actually even moved it back 5. It’s a pretty gutsy move after a miss to move it back 5. That’s Bailey for you. He’s a guy who’s got a lot of confidence.”
The Cowboys are expected to return next summer for a 10th training camp in Oxnard. The team is in the final year of a three-year contract, but it holds three one-year options.
Nothing is finalized, and the Cowboys’ return is contingent on a vacant lot next to the practice fields continuing to be available for parking. But assuming the Cowboys are back in Oxnard in 2015, they could make a visit to the Raiders’ training camp in Napa, Calif., for joint practices.
“There have been some preliminary discussions,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’d like to be able to do it. It’s probably too early to say for sure.
“… I like doing this. I think it does nothing but help your football team. Any time you get in this competitive environment, it increases the sense of urgency of your football team.”