Cowboys rookie class takes a break from OTAs

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 2:48 AM

DALLAS — One by one, they introduced themselves to the kids at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. On hand Wednesday were 22 rookie draft picks and free agents who took a break from football to visit kids.

"I'm Travis Frederick. I'm from Sharon, Wisconsin. I play offensive line."

Earlier in the day, they were on the field at Valley Ranch for their second week of organized team activities. It's all part of adjusting to life in the NFL.

"Just to see their smiles on their faces when they get a chance to meet with the Cowboys — even though we're really nobodies here, just a bunch of rookies," Frederick said. "But they really like to get a chance to see us, and it's great for us to be out here."

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for this rookie class. Three weeks ago they attended a rookie mini-camp, and have now completed five days of full team workouts.

Training camp is now just seven weeks away.

"It's going well, we're just diving into a playbook, learning every day, and just trying to get better," said Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar. "I learn something new every day."

"Just learning the system and getting accustomed to the new playbook and stuff like that," added running back Joseph Randle

And while the kids at Scottish Rite Hospital aren't sure who these rookies are, it really doesn't seem to matter.

"I don't think it matters to them," said linebacker DeVonte Holloman. "They're just happy to see somebody come out here and showing them attention."

And that's really all that matters.

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