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August 16, 2013

Jason Garrett's final camp message is the same: Focus on each day

Jason Garrett didn't say anything new or awe-inspiring in his final training-camp message to the team, imploring them to keep the same work ethic when they return home. The Cowboys packed up Friday and headed to Phoenix after a walk-through practice, their 29th day in camp.

"The messages don’t change a whole lot," Garrett said. "It’s the same kind of message about really focus on trying to be your best and working hard each and every day. I thought we had a really good camp. Guys came in in shape, ready to go, worked hard. I thought it was very competitive, as competitive a training camp as I’ve been around, and that’s really a tribute to the players and the approach they’ve taken. We try to put them in those situations, but they have to respond to those situations. So there’s a lot of battles on our team to make the roster, to become a starting player, to have a role on our team. I think those guys brought that to practice each and every day, and I think it made our team better."

The Cowboys return home Saturday night after their third preseason game. They have two weeks before the season opener against the New York Giants.

"I think our intensity level since Day 1 was sky-high, and we came out and performed the best of our ability," Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said. "We're very excited about the hard work we've put in, and we're looking ft forward to going out and expressing our skills.

"...Don't leave that training camp mentality. We've still got a lot of work to do."

-- Charean Williams



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