Parcells Meets with the Media

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells met with the media Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics, including the signing of a new defensive end.

OPENING REMARKS: As first reported by more than 48 hours ago, the Dallas Cowboys are bringing in former Pro Bowl right tackle Lincoln Kennedy for a workout Tuesday.

"I think we are just going to look at it and see how he's doing. Really that's it. That's all there is to it," Bill Parcells said. "He was just released from the retired list from Oakland."

Parcells also announced the signing of a new defensive lineman.

"Jason Davis, a defensive lineman. That puts us back at 83 (on the roster) I believe," he said.

WARE DRAWS PRAISE: Parcells issued some of his first comments on second year linebacker DeMarcus Ware Tuesday. And by all accounts, his first few days of camp have been rock-solid.

"He looks like he's ready to rock," Parcells said. "He had a real good offseason program. He's one of our strongest players now. He's really explosive. He's starting to know the game a little bit better. He knows what to do.

"I think he's going to be pretty good some day."

Parcells later said, "I think you'll see a better player this year. I think he should improve."

EYE ON THE LINE: Parcells issued a subtle warning to some of his veteran offensive linemen Tuesday. In particular, he said that he will likely start letting some of his younger players getting more reps in practice and also during the preseason.

"McQuistan, Proctor, they are starting to show some things," he said. "I'm not going to keep numbers here for very long. I've got some young guys I need to force feed some things to. The way to do that is to just play them.

"In the long run if it works, it will be much more beneficial to our team."

When asked about the state of his offensive line compared to this time last year, Parcells was somewhat reluctant to give out too much information, but he did have some positive things to say.

"I think mentally we are well ahead of where we were this time last year. And we've got some smart players playing now. So that's good."

QUICK HITS: Parcells said of rookie tight end Anthony Fasano and his progress through the early stages of camp, "He made a couple of mental errors yesterday. We are starting to get into that information overload part of camp. I expect him to make a quick transition. He's playing the exact same position using 90% of the exact same terminology. Of all the rookies, I think he can make the quickest transition." ... Parcells said that Greg Ellis was doing "pretty well" dropping back into coverage as a defensive end/linebacker. ... Parcells said of wide receiver Jamaica Rector, "I think he's a versatile kid. He's got some quickness. We gave him some turns at corner last year and I think he could do that in a pinch. He's a hard working kid. A little distractible but he tries to work at his job the best he knows how."

NEXT UP: The Cowboys will practice just one time Tuesday, from 2:00 PM to 4:20 PM Pacific Time. The team will return to a two-a-day format Wednesday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Round himself. That's about what's left to do for him. He just kind of has to put the finishing touches on things. And if he does that, he has a chance to be a real good player in this league for a long time. He's what you are looking for at the tight end spot. I don't think it's any secret that he's played well. Loves football. Loves it. He's fun to be around." - Bill Parcells on tight end Jason Witten.

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