"There's always competition," Connor said. "No matter what they say or how good the player is, there's somebody who's going to be trying to get there, so this is just like any other year.
"Whoever gets out there, that's great. But any team I've been on, it's hard to get through the season with just the starting linebackers. You need guys who can come in and play, if injury happens or even just rotational, give a guy a break or give Sean a breather here and there. It's never been a problem having too many good 'backers."
Seeing how Carter played in just 41 snaps last season as he recovered from knee surgery, it would not be a surprise if Connor beats him out for the starting job. Either way, Connor is happy to be on an "unbelievable" Cowboys team.
"Heat's been brutal but everything else has been great," Connor said. "It's an unbelievable team. This is a great group of guys. Great coaching staff. Everything's been smooth. It's something to be excited about. The fans should be real excited about the team they put together here."