The Keith Davis Story will become a non-story much more quickly if the Cowboys safety will simply…
Sunday Notebook: Who's Hot? Who's Not?
NEWSMAKER: Keith Davis will obviously not concede his starting free safety job without a fight (and no, Keith, we don't mean a gunfight). After three practices, he's feeling no ill effects from having been shot. No problems physically or mentally. … or socially. After one well-defended pass Sunday, KD's celebration caught the attention of a teammate, who laughed and hooted, "We see ya, Killah!'' A new nickname? Keith "Killah'' Davis? I suppose, given his real-life circumstance, that's it's better to be the "killah'' than the "killee.'' WHO'S HOT: Temper, temper, fellas. Tackle Marc Colombo and linebacker Kevin Burnett exchanged blows in the first fight of any sort at camp – and it was a free-for-all for a minute, dozens of other Cowboys jumping onto the pile to get a piece of somebody in a different-colored shirt. WHO'S NOT: Flozell Adams was activated Sunday, so that left tackle spot is again taken. But for the two days Flo was out, why didn't Jason Fabini fill it? The truth comes out now: the veteran newcomer did not have an impressive minicamp, is way behind Rob Petitti as a right tackle, and, I'm told, coaches did not want to "reward'' him by switching him to first-team left tackle. QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Canty, if you're going to jog off the field like that, don't even bother coming back on it.'' – Parcells to defensive end Chris Canty. T.O. IN THE P.M.: As always, Terrell Owens is the last player to take the practice field. And as always, it's misunderstood as a gesture of selfishness. In truth, it's a superstition of his – and as long-time T.O. watchers know, he's got two other superstitions: 1) he tries to outwork everyone once he gets on the field and 2) he is almost always the first guy on the field when GAMES start. CHARTING THE 7-ON-7: Ten plays. Ten passes. And not an especially good pass among them. The short passing game was the focus of 7-on-7 work Sunday. Here are the charted results: 1) Bledsoe pass, badly incomplete in the flat. 2) Bledsoe pass, complete underneath to Witten. 3) Bledsoe pass, complete underneath to Jamaica Rector. 4) Bledsoe pass, complete to Witten, who needed to use his whole body to fend off Roy Williams to make the catch. 5) Romo pass, short out complete to Skyler Green. 6) Romo pass, complete in the flat to Julius Jones. 7) Romo pass, complete despite a bad throw, to T.O. 8) Romo pass, complete despite a bad throw, to Terrance Copper. 9) Henson pass, complete but inaccurate, to Sam Hurd. 10) Mroz pass, badly incomplete to Tony Curtis. Ten plays. More than enough to make observers suffer through. OFFBEAT BEAT: I'm told that on Friday morning, coach Bill Parcells got in a 90-minute workout in the gym. Two days later, we're told Flozell Adams, trying to get his conditioning up to snuff, ran a series of 50-yard dashes on Saturday. To be specific, 86 of them. Now, I'm no Richard Simmons. But something isn't adding up. Big Bill doesn't exactly look like a gym rat. … but I wasn't there. Flo? I WAS there. And while there might have been 86 of them – spread over the course of two hours by the way, making the task seem less grueling – those were NOT "dashes.'' Flo was traveling 50 yards, OK. But he was not "dashing,'' believe me. MISCELLANY: Tight end Brett Pierce re-injured his ACL in practice on Saturday and will be out for the season. … This is a baseball thing, usually, but it is fair to say the defense is waaay ahead of the offense at this point (the exception being whenever Owens goes deep. … Surgery on DE Marcus Spears' knee was deemed successful; he should be back within the month. … I've now had two staffers swear to me that they have faith that Tony Romo can serve ably as a stop-gap at QB. But like the hesitant Drew Henson, he was awful Sunday, throwing without accuracy or velocity. … Mat McBriar did not have a good day in the first fully-observed work for the punter. Don't be surprised – despite the solid status of McBriar and kicker Mike Vanderjagt – if the Cowboys run a few kicker-punter tryout types through camp in the coming days.
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