2011 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Day 8: My Top 10 Observer-ations
9. Mat McBriar isn't exactly Rob Ryan, but he's departing pudgy and heading toward fat. McBriar pulled his hamstring running in last Wednesday's conditioning and has yet to punt in camp. I'm no one to talk, but No. 1's jersey is fitting awfully snug these days.
8. Once upon a time a dorky writer/radio show talk show host sat stagnant for four hours. Then he jumped up in the middle of his show and tried to run a 40-yard dash on The Alamodome's turf. The result? Strained hamstring. Getting old sucks.
7. You want job security? Try being one of Jerry Jones' grandkids. The little Joneses spend their camp time riding on golf carts, building ramps for their remote-controlled cars and, swear, going through drills with their own trainer.
6. David Buehler and Dan Bailey, meet Kai Forbath. Not sure why, but the Cowboys signed the former UCLA kicker on Tuesday to join the camp competition. Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza Award winner (Bailey was the 2010 winner) is placed on the non-football injury list alongside Andre Gurode, DeMarco Murray and 2nd-round pick Bruce Carter.
5. Talked to a source close to former Cowboys' right guard Leonard Davis. Look for him to sign with the Bucs or Broncos. Say what you want about Davis, but I just don't trust Montrae Holland.
4. Quite a gaggle of veterans standing around doing nothing at this morning's walkthrough: Doug Free, Kyle Kosier, Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman, Jason Hatcher, Alan Ball, Bryan McCann, Jesse Holley and now Gerald Sensabaugh are veterans not allowed to practice until the collective bargaining agreement is ratified. Hopefully Thursday.
3. The Cowboys have a receiver in camp named Tysson Poots. Even better? He's white. With a pony tail. Think an even crappier Bobby Carpenter. Still no sign of Harry Seaward. Starting to think it's not coming. To camp.
2. Attended the NFL referees' media session at The Alamodome on Monday. There are now eight times a player can be deemed "defenseless." Ugh. In general, said the ref, any time a player uses his head to hit a target above the bottom of the numbers it'll be a penalty. And on change-of-possession, kickers and quarterbacks are now "defenseless" and can't be touched unless they make an aggressive move toward getting involved in the play. Also, all scoring plays will be automatically reviewed, as in the last two minutes of each half. A coach throwing his challenge flag on a scoring play will result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In other words, in 2011 we'll get even farther from football as we once loved it.
1. So the Cowboys re-sign safety Gerald Sensabaugh. Another re-tread signing. Another sign that -- barring a miracle by Rob Ryan -- Dallas' defense in 2011 will be similar to 2010. In fact, the Cowboys have 10 of their 11 defensive starters back from last years's epic, horrible squad. Because, seriously now, Sensabaugh is average at best. Right? Next up for the Cowboys? Abram Elam of the Browns and maybe Jets' free agent Brodney Pool.