And on this painfully hot day the Dallas Cowboys conducted one of their OTAs, where the team "improves every day" as coach Jason Garrett likes to say.
Included on this field of sweat is second-year linebacker Bruce Carter, the team's second round pick out of North Carolina last year.
Carter did just about nothing last year, but it is way to early to determine if he is yet another Dallas Cowboys' second round dud and will join the ranks of Martellus Bennett, Anthony Fasano, Kevin Burnett, Jacob Rogers. Or Carter could be another Sean Lee, who was a second round pick in 2010.
On Wednesday, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Carter was progressing and making the necessary adjustments from moving from outside to inside linebacker.
"He's the guy we thought he was when we drafted him," Ryan said.
If you recall, Carter came to the team as damaged goods with a bum knee. He barely played last season; according to something called ProFootballFocus.com, Carter played 41 defensive snaps in 2011.
"His timing is exaclty what we thought it was when we drafted him. This is going to be a big offseason for him," Garrett said. "From Year 1 to Year 2 is very significant. You want to see him out there playing. He's responded to what we are doing in the weight room and on the field. He's growing every day and we can see it. He has a long way to go and everybody knows it."
Carter is apparently over the knee injury, but if the team thought he was developing at the right rate they would never have signed Dan Connor away from the Panthers in the offseason. Carter should be a starting inside linebacker next to Sean Lee. Should be. But right now he's competing for the job.
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