Day One: Winners & Losers

We've highlighted some of the winners and losers of the first day of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp in San Antonio. Cornerback Mario Edwards was just one of the players that impressed us Saturday.

CB Mario Edwards- Edwards recorded two interceptions on Saturday while trying to assert himself under the watch of new head coach Bill Parcells. The former Florida State Seminole has seemingly been the odd man out of the secondary this offseason with the emergence of Derek Ross and the arrival of Terence Newman. Don't count him out yet though. Edwards, who has always been noted for his unspectacular play, is in good shape and seemed to be as focused as anyone on the field Saturday. In fact, he saw action at both left and right cornerback today.

RB Aveion Cason- While some people questioned this trade with the Detroit Lions this offseason, Cason was put on one of the more impressive performances of the day during the morning session. Cason doesn't look like your typical Parcells' type of running back, but don't be surprised to see some early comparisons with former New York Giant Dave Meggett. "He did some nice things out there today, all of our running backs will get a hard look though," Parcells said to the media. With Hambrick likely a lock for a spot on the first team, look for Michael Wiley and Cason to go 2 and 3 in the pecking order in the backfield. Cason was easily the fastest back on the field Saturday.

WR Ken-Yon Rambo- Rambo has always had his moments during training camp, and Saturday was no different. The former Ohio State Buckeye made several spectacular catches drawing rave reviews from the crowd. There's no doubt that he's one of the most athletic receivers on the team, he just needs to put it all together one year during the regular season.

TE James Whalen- This former Kentucky Wildcat made several solid receptions, including one diving catch in front of a defensive back. There is already mention of Whalen improving this offseason and while everyone knows he has outstanding hands, he still needs to work on getting more physical off the line of scrimmage. There was nothing truly noteworthy to report Saturday in terms of brute power from Whalen, but he still catches the ball as good as anyone on the team.

RB Troy Hambrick- You have to give props to Hambrick for coming in under the 240 mark given to him by Bill Parcells this offseason. He's lost more than 20 pounds since tipping the scales at over 260 back in March. Weighing in at right around 238 pounds, it was obvious that he was about 2 steps quicker than what we saw of him last year. He's also taken a new approach as the heir apparent to Emmitt Smith. Yes, Troy Hambrick is actually trying to be humble when speaking to the media. If ever there was a player that will benefit from Bill Parcells- it's this guy. "I just want to win now," said Hambrick. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes for us to win football games, because 5-11 just ain't going to cut it." Hambrick had his moments Saturday, but Bill Parcells didn't have a whole to say about it. "I don't have a real good sense yet of Troy Hambrick yet. He is just getting a feel for our plays right now."

WR Antonio Bryant- Injuries seem to plague every team during training camp and the start of the camp this year for the Dallas Cowboys in San Antonio is no different. 2nd year wide receiver Antonio Bryant chipped a bone on the pinky finger of his left hand during the morning session. The former Pitt star had several drops after the injury and didn't appear to be as focused as some of the other receivers. He is scheduled to fly to Dallas Sunday morning for surgery to remove the chip. He is scheduled to head back to San Antonio tomorrow evening.

Quincy Carter & Chad Hutchinson- Nobody has really come out and said it yet, but neither quarterback shined in either session Saturday. Yes, it's still early, but everybody wants to see improvement out of the quarterback position. Neither quarterback looked bad, but neither quarterback looked good either. Quincy Carter threw several wobbly passes, similar to what we saw back in the early stages of 2001 and Hutchinson just seemed to be out of sync, missing his receivers both high and low. It goes without saying that neither quarterback appears to be comfortable with the offensive system being installed by the new coaching staff. "I don't think this will be smooth for any of our quarterbacks," Parcells said Saturday evening.

Quote to Note
"It's good to be back out there. It kind of gets you going," Bill Parcells said. "I'm glad to be out there. My eyes are racing around and my mind is racing around. Once you leave football, it's like you were never there. But now that I'm back, it's like I was never gone. It's hard to explain, but it's definitely a good feeling."

Two-a-days continue Sunday morning at 9 AM and Sunday afternoon at 3 PM with both sessions open to the public.

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