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August 24, 2009

Could controversial video board be advantage to Cowboys?

While the NFL's competition committee and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wrangle about the height of the massive video boards, the team thinks it could serve as a home-field advantage it stays at the 90-feet it is now.


That is the view of receiver and punt returner Patrick Crayton.


“You got to get used to it because there are a bunch of balls that look like they’re going to hit a lot,” Crayton said. “They get right up there and then they don’t hit and you’re like, ‘OK, it didn’t hit, so I’ve got to play this.’”


In the Cowboys’ 30-10 victory over the Titans, Crayton and Cowboys rookie DeAngelo Smith muffed punts. The Titans’ Tuff Harris managed to catch all four of his attempts and averaged 12.3 yards.


Still, the Cowboys should get used to the dynamics of the board whereas visitors coming in for the first time will have to adjuston the fly.


“Hopefully, it might even be an advantage for us to work in there enough to where we have a feel for where the ball is and seeing it with the screen up there and all those things,” coach Wade Phillips said. “It would be good for us if we had some kind of advantage that way.”

Jeff Caplan


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