Day 4: Training Camp Winners

Today, we take a look at some of the early winners and losers of training camp in Oxnard. Julius Jones makes our initial list, but not because of the reasons you're probably thinking.

* If any one player is establishing himself as an up-and-coming star for the Dallas Cowboys this season it's tight end Jason Witten.

Witten and Parcells and gone back and forth with each other through the early stages of training camp, with the head coach calling him "pretty boy" on several occasions Tuesay.

In all seriousness however, Witten has made quite an impact on Parcells in only his second year of action.

Witten, primarily known as a pass-catching tight end throughout his college career at Tennessee, and through his first season in Dallas, has begun to turn heads on the coaching staff after demonstrating his willingness to become more of a physical player.

To put it simply, Parcells loves it.

"We have to have a versatile player playing this position," said Parcells Tuesday. "If we don't have a player that can do his part, we will not run the ball effectively."

"I like what I've seen," added Parcells of his second year tight end. "But we've got a long, long way to go."

Last season, Witten led all rookie tight ends with all rookies with 35 receptions, and those numbers include a broken jaw in early October that essentially left him out of 2 games.

In addition, 18 of those 35 catches went for first downs.

* Rookie running back Julius Jones makes our early list of winners because he hasn't done anything like what we saw out of Troy Hambrick in year's past.

The humble Jones realizes he has a lot to prove to the organization, and with Eddie George now in the mix, he knows that he has to be fully focused on the task at hand at all times.

Jones got an ample number of snaps yesterday during a simulated scrimmage environment and didn't do anything monumental, but his work ethic and attitude will prevail in the end.

"I'm learning," said Jones. "And that's what it's all about right now."

Julius Jones catches a pass during camp earlier this week.

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