Parcells Meets with the Media

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys head coach talks about Wednesday morning's practice session, Roy Williams and his new contract extension and much more!

WEDNESDAY ROSTER MOVE: Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells announced one roster move on Wednesday.

"We will waive Vontrell Jamison, that puts as at 82," he said. "Spears is just starting his rehab. That's about it."

Jamison, a defensive end originally out of Clemson, was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad last season.

ROY WILLIAMS LOCKED DOWN: It was announced Wednesday that the Cowboys have signed Pro Bowl strong safety Roy Williams to a four-year contract extension.

When asked how Williams has improved under his watch, Parcells said, "I think technically he's better. I think his awareness of the game is better. His vision on the field is better. I just think that overall he's better. He has a better working knowledge of what's going on."

Of course, Williams is the second veteran locked into a long-term contract by the Cowboys in recent days.

Dallas also signed Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten to a long-term deal before the start of camp.

"We think a lot of those players," Parcells said. "The more of those you can keep, the better off we'll be. We are considering talking to a few other players as we go here."

VERSATILE COLEMAN VALUABLE TO PARCELLS: Parcells was complimentary of veteran free safety/cornerback Marcus Coleman Wednesday.

"I think Marcus has looked pretty good," he said. "His weight is down. I've always liked the player as you guys know. I think he's got some versatility here for us which will be valuable. I'm trying to do a little of that with Nate Jones as well.

"If you could have a couple of guys that can play a little corner and a little safety in a pinch, that can be really helpful. I think Marcus can play for us on special teams as well."

Coleman is expected to compete with Keith Davis and rookie Pat Watkins for the starting free safety position.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE CONCERN: Parcells shed light on a pressing concern through the early stages of training camp on Wednesday ... depth at defensive tackle.

When asked if he was concerned about his team's depth at the position, he responded, Yes, I sure am. I have two young kids here. I've put some time in on Pepper Johnson. I want to see how he does. The guy we signed yesterday (Jason Davis) might be able to play that a little bit if we want to.

"I am concerned about that position. I don't know who that's going to be yet. There's a chance we could move somebody in there from the end spot.

"But it's pressing on (Jason) Ferguson. He's got to play well."

QUICK HITS: Parcells said that safety Justin Beriualt is doing, "a lot better" after being hit in the head earlier this week. ... Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told reporters that he wished DeMarcus Ware had more of a mean streak and Parcells agreed with that assessment. "He's a nice kid," he said. I agree with Mike on that. I wouldn't say he's passive though." ... Parcells said of right tackle Marc Colombo, "I think he's in a position where he's really trying to improve himself." ... While the defense continues to be ahead of the offense through the first five practices of training camp, Parcells said he hopes that starts to change more by the end of the week. "At the end of the week (he expects that change) but defense is definitely ahead," he said.

NEXT UP: The Cowboys will practice again Wednesday from 5 PM to 7 PM Pacific Time. On Thursday the team practices just once, from 2 PM to 4 PM.

COUNTDOWN TO GAMEDAY: The Cowboys have just 10 more days to prepare for their first preseason game of 2006. Dallas travels to Seattle on Aug. 12 for a road game against the Seahawks. The season opener in Jacksonville is now just 39 days away.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Compared to where we were last year at this time on defense, we are light years ahead." - Bill Parcells on the performance of his defense during the early stages of training camp.

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