NFL writer identifies the wrong key camp battle for the Cowboys
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By Tony Thompson

With just over two weeks until the Dallas Cowboys step onto the practice fields in Oxnard, Calif., excitement is mounting. In this training camp preview, Around The NFL’s Jeremy Bergman breaks down the entire NFC East.

Covering the club’s most important position battle, newcomer to watch and biggest looming questions provides great insight into the storylines he believes likely to emerge over the rest of the summer. That doesn’t mean everyone must agree with these takes, however.

Most important position battle: strong safety. Dallas’ roster is rock solid in nearly every phase except perhaps the secondary — and particularly at safety.

While the strong safety battle in Dallas will be one to watch, it’s hard to imagine there being a huge difference in the play of safeties Jeff Heath and George Iloka. The Cowboys have used a rotation there in the past, in part due to having no blue-chip player at the position, but also to keep Heath’s snap count down due to his special teams duty.

The more important battle will take place on the offensive line. While at this point there’s no reason to doubt that Connor Williams will play left guard and La’el Collins will remain at right tackle, it’s conceivable that third-round draft pick Connor McGovern pushes for playing time. This doesn’t even get down to the competition at the bottom of the position group with undrafted free agent Mitch Hyatt vying for a roster...



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