Friday AM Notebook: Who's Hot? Who's Not

OXNARD, Calif. - First round draft pick Bobby Carpenter has clearly made an impression on Bill Parcells and on everyone else attending training camp.

AM WHO'S HOT? First round draft pick Bobby Carpenter has clearly made an impression on Bill Parcells and to everyone else attending training camp in Oxnard.

Carpenter, who should be battling Al Singleton for a starting outside linebacker spot, has also been moving around as the Cowboys try to figure out just how much he can handle as a rookie.

Again Friday, he practiced as the second team weakside linebacker as Parcells continues to tinker with lineup.

While he may not be ready to lock down a starting spot just yet, believes it will happen soon enough.

Also Friday morning, Parcells was seen given detailed instructions to Carpenter as the team practiced in the redzone.

AM WHO'S HOT II? Jay Ratliff did a great job Friday pressuring Drew Bledsoe in an extended period with the first team defense going against the first team offense. He also had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage that drew applause from the defense.

AM WHO'S NOT?: The wide receivers, and in particular rookie Skyler Green and also even Patrick Crayton.

Green, who was hoping to challenge for playing time as a wide receiver, has been inconsistent catching the ball through the first week of practice. He's suffered through a couple of drops and also received a public earful from Parcells on at least two occasions.

Parcells even confirmed as much Friday morning, saying, "His best chance here is as a kick returner."

Green was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year during his final season at LSU, and that appears to be his best way to see the field as a rookie as things stand today.

Meanwhile Crayton, who did put together a couple of strong catches during Thursday's practice, also had a fumble and has had a less than stellar past two days in the eyes of Parcells.

Friday he lost control of what appeared to be a touchdown catch in the corner of the endzone.

PLAY OF THE DAY: How about rookie FS Pat Wakins stepping up once again? Watkins made a clean break up of a pass intended for Jamaica Rector on a post pattern that was extremely impressive.

TO IN THE AM: Once again, Terrell Owens did not practice, citing a sore hamstring as the issue.

And while it is unclear if he will hit the practice fields Friday evening, hears he will definitely be on the field Saturday.

QUICK HITS: Andre Gurode continues to see the majority of snaps with the first team at center. .... Mike Vanderjagt missed a chip shot field goal from 35 yards out as the team practiced hurrying on the field at the end of a game.

ANOTHER TIDBIT: Newly signed defensive end Jason Davis has impressed in his just first few days with the Cowboys. In fact, word is the defensive staff may try him in a more extensive role in the interior defensive line in certain situations in the coming days.

NEXT TO BE CUT? Drew Henson did nothing to help his cause Friday morning, throwing two passes that should have been intercepted by FS Marcus Coleman and linebacker Rocky Boiman. Would the Cowboys be ready to part ways with him already? Likely not, unless the right veteran was there for the taking. Undrafted free agent QB Jeff Mroz also remains on the chopping block.

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