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Vander Esch Express arrives to camp in time to watch son wolf howl after great play

It was no coincidence that the Vander Esch Express showed up at training camp the same day that wolf howl was heard for the first time after a great play by linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

The 2018 first-round pick, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last year, has picked up where he left off with a strong start to training camp.

Vander Esch, nicknamed the Wolf Hunter, picked tight end Jason Witten’s brain about routes while covering him on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he put the lessons to action when he batted down a pass intended for Witten near the sideline. The fans in the stands began doing his patented wolf howl, followed by several of his defensive teammates. The highly competitive Witten bit his lip and kept his mouth shut.

This all happened on the same day was Vander Esch’s parents drove the Vander Esch Express from their home in Idaho to California for training camp.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.