CB Mario Edwards- This former Florida State Seminole has to be considered one of the surprises of training camp through the first three days of practice. While most people have been focused on Derek Ross and Terence Newman in 2003, Edwards has quietly demonstrated that he's not going without a fight off the first team. His confidence is at an all-time high and he's playing much closer to the line of scrimmage than what we've seen in years past. If he's able to keep up his strong play, he'll be a starter against the Falcons on September 7th- bank on it.
WR Terry Glenn- With several SilverStarDigest scouts in attendance through the early part of training camp, one wide receiver seems to be consistently performing at a high level- and that's former Green Bay Packer and New England Patriot Terry Glenn. All Glenn has done through the first three days of practice is catch everything in site and do exactly what he's told. Could the Cowboys have found a gem in this crafty veteran? Maybe, but he still has a host of other talented receivers to beat out if he's going to see significant time in 2003. In our estimation, he still hasn't beaten out Joey Galloway.
CB Terence Newman- The fifth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft is starting to look like just that on the practice fields as he works his say up the depth chart. Newman joined Pete Hunter on the 2nd team Monday morning after having worked exclusively with the third team up to that point. His confidence level seems to be rising as he starts to work more and more with the type of players that he'll be surrounded by once he moves up with the first team later during training camp.
OL Andre Gurode- No secret here, Andre Gurode looks like one of the best, if not the best offensive lineman on the field through the early part of training camp. If the secondary is looking like one of the most improved units on the field, the offensive line can't be far behind, and one of the main reasons is the former Colorado star Gurode. To say that he's blowing people off the ball would be an understatement. He's big, he has excellent footwork, and he seems to respond to this new coaching staff in ways that he hasn't before.
PK Billy Cundiff- His inconsistency has been well documented throughout the course of the last year, and headed into the heart of training camp, nothing seems to be getting better. It's time to put up or shut up Billy Cundiff. The Cowboys can't afford another season with a liability kicking field goals. Unfortunately, only Ola Kimrin has been brought back in to compete against the former Drake star.
Veteran safety Darren Woodson signs autographs for a few fans after Monday's afternoon practice at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Move, Get Out the Way
Tyson Walter moved from center to left guard and Matt Lehr moved from left guard to center Monday morning. One can only guess that Bill Parcells may be listening to the advice of some of his cohorts that were brought in Sunday to help him evaluate talent.
Other players that we haven't mentioned but look to be performing at a high level include CB Derek Ross and DL Willie Blade. We haven't had the opportunity to really get a look at what Blade has been able to do for ourselves, but the word is that he's caught the eye of the Bill Parcells and the rest of the coaching staff. Second year player Derek Ross has been steady throughout the course of his second full training camp in San Antonio.
Neck & Neck
Neither Quincy Carter or Chad Hutchinson has emerged as a clear cut starter, but insiders still say that Hutchinson is still the one to beat. Carter has shown significant improvement through the first three days of camp, but privately, the new coaching staff still feels that Hutchinson possesses more tools, has a stronger arm, and better accuracy than Carter. The possibility of using a two-quarterback system, if necessary, has not been ruled out.
Rookie center Al Johnson is missing most of his hair and eye brows after being involved in a training camp prank for rookies. Johnson looked impressive today on the field, despite his lack of hair. He spent part of the day practicing with the first team and has reportedly caught the eye of Bill Parcells.
"Antonio Bryant is a very ambitious, gifted athlete that seems to be, work ethic-wise, willing to do anything to be successful," said head coach Bill Parcells. "He's a little high-strung, but that's okay. I've had some high-strung guys before. It's just the idea of trying to learn the player and what his ability is exactly and to try to use it with a vision that I think is proper for him, and I try to do that with all the players."
Greg Ellis injured the two middle fingers on his left hand during the afternoon practice session and was taken to a nearby medical clinic for treatment. Antonio Bryant continues to play after having minor surgery on his left pinky Sunday afternoon. "I don't really think about it that much," Bryant told reporters later in the day. "I'm just trying to get better out there, with or without the injury."
Today, the Cowboys spent the morning session at a local San Antonio high school, but tomorrow the team resumes their two-a-day practices in the friendly confines of the Alamodome. The Cowboys will practice form 9-11 AM during the morning and 3-5 PM during the afternoon.