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July 24, 2012

Sean Lee planning to find his way to Valley Ranch this week and steal some looks at the tape

Vacation’s over. Sean Lee is going to be back at Valley Ranch on Wednesday morning when the Cowboys start three practices for rookies, injured players, free agents and quarterbacks.

He won’t be practicing.

But he’ll be watching the tape later.

“It’s always good to get an extra read on your offense for training camp,” he joked to reporters Tuesday at a promotional appearance in Dallas.

Those “extra reads” must be doing Lee some good. The third-year linebacker has been one of the most productive players on the team through his first two seasons, with 137 tackles, six interceptions, nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

So vacation or no vacation, he admits it was tough for him to think about anything but football.

“You get a break, but as the season gets closer and closer, the more excited you get,” he said. “In July, as much as you want to rest, it’s tough to do it.”

Lee is one of the reasons the Cowboys are expected to be better on defense this year. The additions of cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr made the Cowboys a darkhorse pick with some analysts.

But Lee brushed that off.

“We were a trendy pick two years ago, and we started 1-7,” he said. “That means nothing unless you put it on the field. We need to win games in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to be better on defense. More consistent. Making plays in two-minute situations. That’s what’s going to get us wins. When it comes to preseason picks, it doesn’t matter until you put it on the field and get wins.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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