Cowboys camp preview

Updated: July 21, 2006, 3:25 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

Three Burning Questions

Can running back Julius Jones hold up physically for a full season and give Dallas a ball control offense?
With Dallas going to a one-back offense, where Jones has the freedom to pick holes and create on his own, he should have more success and take less hits than he has the last couple of years. This formation will allow him to make some presnap reads and identify the defensive schemes. You get the feeling the Cowboys are starting to sour on Jones a little bit because he has only been active in 21 of 32 career games, and it is important for him to get through the 2006 season with better durability than he has shown in the past. If Jones struggles, we may see backup Marion Barber getting more carries, because he is more physical between the tackles. However, Barber is not as nifty and lacks the big-play threat of Jones. The only negative thing about this new offensive formation is that with two tight ends as a part of your basic set, we may see defenses put eight defenders in the box, which could make it a little tougher for Jones to find those holes.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.