Phillip Tanner's new look paying off so far

OXNARD, Calif. – Phillip Tanner has learned to like granola bars, salmon and broccoli and grilled chicken salads or baked potatoes.

“I’m at around 210 (pounds),” Tanner said. “I was pushing 220 last year, so the coaches they say they see a difference. Coach (Bill) Callahan was messing with me, ‘I thought about putting you at fullback last year,’ joking around that I was so big.”

The Cowboys hired Amy Goodson, a licensed dietician, last year, and Tanner spent this offseason listening to her prescribed menus.

“Amy lets me do two (cheat) meals a week,” Tanner sad. “On Fridays and Saturdays it might be a Wing Stop and probably some Dominos.”

The new-look Tanner has been a new running back. Leaner and lighter, Tanner looks more like the running back that made the Cowboys in 2011 as an undrafted free agent than the one that struggled to find room last year. On Tuesday he ran away from linebacker Bruce Carter after catching a swing pass.

Does he do that a year ago?

“Probably not,” Tanner said.