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Former Eagle Cedric Thornton Compares Offseason Workouts Between Cowboys, Philadelphia

Cedric Thornton has been on two different teams during his five-year NFL career. 

The 27-year-old defensive lineman was signed by the Eagles after going undrafted in 2011 and was in Philadelphia through the 2015 season. The former Southern Arkansas standout was signed by the Cowboys this offseason.

Thornton signed a four-year deal worth roughly $18 million in March.

The 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive lineman has now been with Dallas for a couple of months and has gone through offseason workouts with the franchise.

He explained the difference between the Eagles and Cowboys' workouts to the Dallas Morning News.

"A lot more aggressiveness, a lot more impact in our walkthroughs, and they expect us to be in better condition than we were in Philadelphia," Thornton said. "Coach Garrett, Coach Marinelli, all the coaches around here have very high expectations for us right now going into the OTAs and going into the minicamp, so are the training camp expectations. It's definitely different in that aspect as far as Philadelphia, but I like it. I love it."

The Cowboys, under Garrett, are known for having pretty intense offseason practices. 

Garrett said the one thing he's hoping to see during mandatory minicamp, which started on Tuesday, is competition. 

“We’re trying to build our team,” Garrett said. “One of the things we want are guys who are naturally competitive, we want guys who thrive in those kind of situations. It’s our job as coaches to create some of those situations because they come up every week in the NFL. As you’re building your team, you’re running your plays, installing your defense, you’re doing what you’re doing schematically and technically and the kicking game, you also have to work these game situations. You want guys who want to compete in these situations.

“It’s always tricky cause we have helmets and jerseys on, we all know that, so we talk about competing the right way in practice and understanding he’s your teammate. But we also try to put them in the situations and see how everybody responds. It’s a great way to build your team and grow your team to get better in those situations, it’s also a great way to evaluate players to see how they handle those situations.”

The Cowboys are in minicamp through Thursday.