Parcells Meets with the Media

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys head coach met with the media after Monday morning's practice session. Included in this update are several roster moves, including three players who have been released.

FIVE ROSTER MOVES ANNOUNCED: Bill Parcells opened Monday's press conference in Oxnard with several new roster moves, including the release of three players.

"We signed a fellow named Fredrickson, he's a punter," he said. "Then we waived (WR Ahmad) Merritt, (LB J.J.) Horne and (CB Byron) Parker. Our roster is at 82 players. (TE Brett) Pierce waived injured today and then he'll revert to injured reserve after that."

Kicker Tyler Fredrickson is being brought in to challenge Mike Vanderjagt on kickoffs and also provide competition to veteran punter Mat McBriar. Fredrickson is local to the Oxnard, Calif. area.

FREE SAFETY UPDATE: One of the biggest questions for the Cowboys entering training camp was their situation at free safety. Parcells addressed the position Monday, discussing several players, including rookie Pat Watkins.

"I think (Pat) Watkins has a chance. I think he has a real good chance to be a real good player. I don't know that but I think he's got a chance.

"He looks very slender and he is, but he's 211 or 212 pounds already. I think with pretty good nutrition and weight training he's going to be in the 220 range pretty quickly.

Parcells also added that he knows what he has with veteran Marcus Coleman, who is spending time as a safety and cornerback, and that he's anxious to see how Watkins develops.

"He's got a lot to learn. He's a little green. But he's a good player to work with," Parcells said.

QUICK HITS: Safety Justin Beriault left the practice field early today, Parcells said, "he got hit in the head." ... Parcells confirmed that the team was interested in N.C. State LB Manny Lawson during the draft. ... Parcells also said the running game has improved in the last "couple of practices." ... When asked how Bobby Carpenter has grasped things at the NFL level, Parcells said, "Pretty well. He's smart." ... Look for back up QB Tony Romo to see significant action during the preseason. "I see a guy who is pretty smart and he's making less and less mistakes," he said. "Now he has enough background and knowledge and understanding that it's time for him to go forward. I'm going to play him. It's time for him to play and we are going to see what he can do." ... Parcells said of third team QB Drew Henson ... "He's not in that equation (like Romo)."

NEXT UP: The Cowboys will return to the practice fields for another practice Monday afternoon at 5 PM Pacific Time.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think I know pretty much what I have with Keith here. He's an aggressive player. He's fought his way onto this team and I have respect for him. I know he's a very good special teams player as well. We'd like to create some competition at that position. I don't think there is any secret about that." -- Bill Parcells on the play of Keith Davis through the first three days of camp.

QUOTE TO NOTE II: "We watched him last year at Detroit. He pretty much started for them and did pretty well. We thought he might be in the economic range where it would be feasible for us to make an attempt to get him. You are replacing the best guard ever to play for the Cowboys. To say, how different are we going to be, it's going to be hard to be as good as that. But hopefully we'll be good enough." -- Parcells on newly signed guard Kyle Kosier and how he could step in for former guard Larry Allen.

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