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July 29, 2010

Defensive backs are competing

The Cowboys produced only 21 takeaways last season. Only four teams had fewer -- Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis and Washington. That has been a point of emphasis for the Cowboys defense.

To that end, Terence Newman started a competition among the defensive backs.

"We are challenging each other: You have to get picks to not do push-ups," Newman said. "It's another way to get us to compete with each other and try to make the team better. I was walking out one day and said, 'Hey, whomever gets the most picks doesn't have to do push-ups. Loser does 40."

Newman was the winner on Thursday and stood over his teammates as they did their push-ups.

-- Charean Williams



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