Romo on the field for first workout

OXNARD, Calif. – For all intents and purposes, Tony Romo's first practice of training camp looked a lot like his limited work during the Cowboys' offseason program.

Romo took an active role in the early, individual part of practice, though he limited himself as the afternoon wore on – despite the fact that the offense and defense didn't work against each other and won't until Saturday.

Regardless, Romo said he feels 100 percent as the Cowboys prepare to ramp up training camp, and he figures to feature prominently when the first live practice begins on Saturday.

"Today, without going against the defense, I felt like, ‘Let's be smart,'" Romo said. "Talking with the trainers and coaches and coming up with a plan, there was a certain number we were going to throw and I was able to hit that before I got through it. I was like, ‘I could keep going but we have this process going in and we're going to stick with it.'"

The so-called "pitch count" is going to change and increase as camp goes along, but Romo said he's content to take things easy initially. But to hear it from him, 2014 is just a small step. Going along with his similar quote from earlier in the summer, Romo reiterated Thursday he hopes to play well into the future, even joking that he'd like to play until he's 45.

"I feel personally like I've just started to come into the player that wanted to be six, seven years ago," he said. "I think and I've said it before but I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had throughout my career."

There's no doubt the Cowboys would love to see that prediction come to fruition. They aren't too keen to rush into things, however, which is why you can expect Romo's progression to remain gradual.

"He threw the ball around well. It's a work in progress. We're not trying to win the East tomorrow," said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. "It's a long training camp and the last thing we want to do is act like we're playing Sunday with him. We want to be conservative but at the same time give him the work he needs."


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