Defensive end Jason Hatcher returned to practice Wednesday and said the Cowboys have the most competitive defensive line since he has been on the team.
“I think the standards are a lot higher across the board,” he said. “Everybody is playing at a high level right now because you’ve got a guy behind you who can do your job just as good. And every day you come out, get a chip on your shoulder, try to prove yourself.”
Hatcher missed a week recovering from a hamstring injury. He said it set back his preparation, but if he can get in one preseason game at least, he’ll be ready for the season opener against the Giants.
“It’s tough, man, because you have a goal where you want to be coming out of camp,” he said. “Felt like I got a little setback, and I’ve got to – not speed things up; I’ve got to be smart at the same time – I’ve got to get to where I need to be before New York.
“I’ve got to get one under my belt at least, to get in game shape, so I’ll know how to feel and I’ll feel comfortable going to New York.”
-- Carlos Mendez