Camp Rumors, Scoop, & Analysis

Derrick brings us the latest from San Antonio, including an indepth look at some of the past problems from Quincy Carter, as well as some insight into the biggest mouth of them all in Troy Hambrick.

We are now officially through the first five days of training camp, and already a whole host of players are making noise up and down the depth chart.

Mario Edwards is kicking everybody's tail at corner so far. Who new?

Woody Dantzler is still trying to earn a spot on the team, but as a safety? Bill, it's time to wake up and realize that he owns Reggie Swinton in the return game. Let him do his thing on special teams and then sneak him in the game once in a while as a scat back. Anyone remember Dave Meggett?

A couple of guys from the 2002 draft are really starting to make some noise, including Roy Williams- which is expected, Andre Gurode- he's blowing everybody off the ball, and also Derek Ross and Antonio Bryant.

And what about this Quincy Carter kid, where did he come from?

He's actually a step ahead of Chad Hutchinson. I'm about as stumped as can be regarding his situation, but you have to give credit where credit is due.

Carter may have the edge, but I still don't think we'll see him beat out Chad Hutchinson, and neither do the Insiders that seem to know everything about what's going on with the Dallas Cowboys.

In fact, as we first suggested earlier this year, the two-quarterback system isn't out of the question in 2003, and that remains the case today.

Strangely enough, Bill Parcells is choosing to ignore information that has been passed down from the old coaching staff regarding Carter. And from what we've been told, it's enough to seriously make you wonder why he's still with the team.

Carter had his problems with the offense last season, but based on several confirmed reports, he went above and beyond the call of duty to improvise on the fly.

Reggie Swinton touched on his version of the story in a recent radio interview, but that's only half of what really happened. We should be allowed to release more information on this sensitive subject, later in August, so stay tuned.

On to the Cowboys' special teams, where Billy Cundiff is once again up to his old tricks. One day he has a golden foot, the next he couldn't kick his way out of a barn. Call me crazy, but I don't see how Bill Parcells could trust this guy through a 16-game regular season.

The Dave Campo era has long since faded as Bill Parcells moves the Cowboys towards a much brighter future.
Sure, he's no Tim Sedar, but then again who is. It's almost sad when you look back on Sedar's career in Valley Ranch affectionately. Hey, he could sure run the heck out of that fake field goal play that Dave Campo seemed to always rely on.

Ola Kimrin was brought back in after being cut this past weekend to compete against Cundiff, prompting Parcells to tell the Dallas Morning News, "A squad shouldn't just have one kicker in camp. There's no incumbent at that position."

Certainly everyone can agree with that, but why Kimrin? Is anybody else wondering why the Cowboys never get one of those clutch veteran kickers like Morten Anderson or some guy who actually has made a field goal or two in the NFL? Just a thought.

Defensively, Mario Edwards is clearly the surprise of camp. He's jamming guys off the line of scrimmage, disrupting routes, showing good speed and technique, and he's doing it all against the Cowboys' strong and aggressive receivers.

"He's being physical out there, and he's much more confident this year. If Mario is the best guy, then I don't have any problem playing him," said Cowboys' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

As we've commented in several reports this week, the Cowboys' secondary has the potential to do some great things in 2003.

Second year safety Roy Williams continues to look good and veteran Darren Woodson is equalizer with all of his experience that he brings to the table.

And then there's Terence Newman, who figures to continue to climb up the depth chart as he builds up his confidence against the tall, physical Cowboys' receivers.

"He's capable," said Bill Parcells. "But he's still got a long ways to go and right now he's just a rookie, and you all know how I feel about rookies."

Of course, how could we talk about training camp without mentioning the Troy Hambrick merry-go-round? First he shows up at camp under the weight specified by Parcells, then he looks lacidasical through the first 3 days of camp.

After turning it up a notch, he quickly decided to announce to the free world that he's not even considering a running back by committee situation in 2003.

How about keeping your mouth shut and showing us why the Cowboys didn't acquire a big time free agent running back this offseason Troy?

The guy honestly has talent, anybody that watches him on film or in person can tell you that. His head just doesn't appear to be screwed on straight.

Finally, the overall attitude at camp is so much different this year. As several media outlets have reported over the course of the last week, there "festival" type atmosphere is gone.

The team actually looks focused in every drill and in every scrimmage, and the respect for the coaching staff has increased 10-fold. If that doesn't make a difference in the win-loss column in 2003, then I don't know what will.

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