Cowboys Camp: Wednesday Morning
Pro Bowl pass rusher DeMarcus Ware left practice early this morning, but it looked like nothing serious. He either tweaked his back or took a blow to the head during full-pads scrimmage. But he walked off the field under his own power, seemingly with all his extremities functioning properly.
More Wednesday morning observations:
*I don’t say this often so clip and save: Nice column today by Jean-Jacques Taylor of Dallas’ Only Daily. I was thinking just yesterday as I chatted with secondary coach Dave Campo how nice it was to be able to talk with assistant coaches. Under belligerent Bill, remember, assistants were under a gag order. He’d bring in old Giants Jim Burt and Carl Banks and I remember writing how it was insulting to have a head coach who cherished the Giants’ past more than the Cowboys’ present. He’s gone and lookie who’s here: Nate Newton, Michael Irvin, Erik Williams, Duane Thomas, James Washington, Larry Lacewell, Gil Brandt … Refreshing I say.
*It’s a little alarming, all the balls being dropped by receivers. Rookie tight end Martellus Bennett botched an easy one this morning, Isaiah Stanback had two hands on two balls that wound up on the ground and Patrick Crayton had a catch punched loose by Roy Williams. A little too reminiscent of the playoff loss to New York if you know what I mean.
*Let me just say this, Tank Johnson is a beast. Rookie running back Felix Jones trying to block him was the mismatch of camp.
*Safety Courtney Brown made the best play I’ve seen so far, leaping high into the air to pick off a Tony Romo pass intended for Patrick Crayton in the back of the end zone.
*Linebacker Kevin Burnett is flying all over the field. He broke up two passes this morning in 7-on-7 drills.
*In case you’re wondering, I’ll be referring to Adam as “Pacman”. Like everybody else. I know Jones requested that the media call him Adam, but at camp head coach Wade Phillips calls him “Pack” and players call him “Pack” and Jones is even signing autographs “Pacman.” Says Jones, “I’m not really shedding the nickname. I’m just shedding it for y’all. All of my teammates can call me Pacman. You guys aren’t my teammates.” As you wish. Pacman.
*Finally, funniest sight at camp is the training tent set up in the end zone. It’s a very barbaric white tent, equipped with rolls of tape and a training table, stuff that like. Some prankster, however, thought it’d be funny to turn it into a faux VIP cabana with a “Reserved for Kim Kardashian” sign. If I only had a nickel for every person who’s gawked inside, only to be sorely disappointed. -- Richie Whitt