Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones on Signing Draft Picks
As of Friday afternoon, the Cowboys have not yet signed their top three draft picks. According to vice president Stephen Jones, there is still time to get each deal done.
"Not a lot has changed since yesterday. We've signed everybody through round four," Jones said. "We've agreed with Canty, but he hasn't signed yet. We are still working very closely with Burnett, Spears, and Ware.
"It's not to the point that there is a problem yet. It's going to start to be a problem here in a couple of hours, but things tend to happen quickly when you get this close. Hopefully we are making a lot of progress on Burnett. I don't think I'm to the point yet where I'm going to call it a problem. They are represented by smart people. They are good players with good character and I know they want to be here.
"I think some of them are in the area, so they can get over here fairly quickly," he added.
Head coach Bill Parcells was in midseason form on Friday as he discussed his goals for this year's training camp, and also the much-publicized move to the 3-4 defense.
"I would hope we could the principles of that defense pretty extensively. We are going to use some concepts, and some principles of that," Parcells said of the switch. "We have made a conscious effort to improve the depth and the talent of our defensive line. How that affects the guys that were here last year, and their role, there's no way to know that right now."
Parcells became animated at the continuous questioning regarding defensive lineman La'Roi Glover, who could be facing a reduced role in the Cowboys' new defensive scheme.
Glover, along with DE Greg Ellis may not have the size to play their old positions in the 3-4.
"Football players play football. Glover has played nose tackle in the 3-4 before. I've seen him play it before. He's done that with two teams. I don't think there's going to be that much difference for him," Parcells quipped.
"Football players usually play football this time of year. I really don't like the idea of someone saying they can't prosper in a different kind of system. Not that he said that."
The Cowboys' third-year head coach was also asked about his expectations for the 2005 season. More specifically, the question was posed on whether or not 10-wins was a realistic possibility this year.
Not surprisingly, he refused to provide a prediction.
"I couldn't really answer that question with anything but a calculated guess. I just hope we can do a lot better than we did last year, and I'm very hopeful we can do that," he said.
Team Conditioning Issues?
Parcells also said he was pleased overall with the team's weigh in earlier this morning in Oxnard.
"I'm pretty satisfied with the weigh in this morning. A couple of guys are just a little bit over, but not too much. Everybody else is right on their weight, so that's good," he said.
"Everything is going well with the rookie class. I didn't let them go until July 14. They didn't leave Dallas until then, so there isn't going to be much deterioration there."
Parcells said Ben Noll will open training camp at right guard behind Marco Rivera, but he will also be responsible "mentally" for the right tackle position ... WR Quincy Morgan is 100% after hurting his shoulder during the summer ... Jacob Rogers is competing for the starting right tackle position along with Torrin Tucker and Kurt Vollers ... Rookie DE Chris Canty will practice in pads this week and will travel to North Carolina on Sunday for a final check up, he is expected to be full strength by August 8th ... Parcells says he expects wide receivers Terrance Copper and Patrick Crayton to "not be rookies any more" and make a "significant contribution."
The Cowboys coaching staff will meet with their offensive and defensive players for approximately an hour and 45 minutes immediately after the afternoon press conference. The team will also have conditioning later this evening. Stay tuned to TheRanchReport.com for continuous updated information from Oxnard, Calif. as the Cowboys open training camp.
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