Day Six: Winners & Losers

We've got Friday's winners and losers from training camp in this extensive report. One question on everyone's mind...did Chad Hutchinson finally make our losers' list? We also take a quick look at several players that we should all be watching in Saturday evening's scrimmage with the Houston Texans!

CB Terence Newman- Rookie cornerback Terence Newman has earned a spot on the first team for the Cowboys' scrimmage with the Houston Texans Saturday evening. Newman earned the spot over veteran corner Mario Edwards. It was originally thought that Edwards may keep his starting position after looking like one of the top cover corners on the field through the first 5 days of camp. Anybody familiar with the phrase, "Money Talks?" Yes, we firmly believe that applies here when you consider the contract that Newman signed just last week.

S Woody Dantzler- The former Clemson quarterback is doing everything possible to make the team in 2003, and it looks like he's finally making his presence felt in the secondary. He drew a thunderous applause Friday when he picked off a Quincy Carter pass from his safety position. It was the first interception recorded by Dantzler during training camp. Ultimately, his skills will be best utilized on special teams, but making a few plays on defense keeps his stock steady in the eyes of most. Before Friday, one of the rumors floating around involved Dantzler being moved back to offense in some capacity.

QB Chad Hutchinson- Yes, our golden boy finally makes our losers' list after an overall gloomy first week of training camp. He ended Friday afternoon's practice session by overthrowing everybody in sight. Simply put, we think that Hutchinson appears to be focusing too much on his arm strength on some of his throws. Instead of trying to send everything in there like it was coming out of a shotgun, he needs to be more relaxed and ease up on the old arm. Another problem we see in Hutchinson is his footwork. Once he senses the pocket closing, his feet start moving around all over the place. He'll need to show more poise and control once things start to break down.

WR Reggie Swinton- While it was somewhat surprising to see Swinton's name on the first team as a punt and kickoff returner for Saturday's scrimmage, we don't think that one is going to stick for too long. In fact, we give the clear edge to Woody Dantzler in that department. We are also projecting Swinton to be cut before the end of camp.

Guys to Watch Saturday
Obviously this is the first in a series of steps in helping determine which quarterback will emerge as the starter in 2003. The smart money, we believe, is still on Chad Hutchinson, but Quincy Carter has been proving people wrong for the last 7 days. After Saturday's scrimmage, we'll know a lot more about which one of these guys has the clear-cut edge.

Carter has shown more consistency with his delivery through the first week of camp, but Hutchinson still has the edge from a physical standpoint. Carter has the edge in mobility, but Hutchinson has the bigger arm. Carter has also guided the offense to more scores in their situational scrimmaging over the course of the past week. That in itself gives him an edge, and I won't be the first to tell you that is huge in the eyes of Bill Parcells.

Let the controversy continue, because this one isn't going away for quite some time.

Defensive tackle Willie Blade has been practicing with the first team the past couple of days, so he's definitely one to watch to see how he responds with significant playing time. Quietly, Bill Parcells has been impressed with what he's been able to do through the first week of camp.

Of course, rookie cornerback Terence Newman and 2nd year corner Derek Ross will likely get a few tests thrown their way now Saturday evening. How will a secondary with so much youth respond? This is only the first of many challenges for one of the youngest, but most talented defensive backfields in the NFC.

Another guy that we'll have our eye on is fullback Jamar Martin. The former Ohio State Buckeye isn't listed anywhere on the first nor the second team entering Saturday's scrimmage. However, if he gets any significant action at all, we fully expect that to change.

The Cowboys and Texans will practice together at 9 AM in the Alamodome Saturday morning before scrimmaging at 7 PM Saturday evening. Tickets for the scrimmage can be purchased by calling TicketMaster in San Antonio at 210-224-9600. Tickets may also be purchased at the Alamodome.

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