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

OXNARD, Calif. - Is the Cowboys' defense really doing that much better than the offense? You bet it is, at least up to this point of training camp. And the difference in the level of play between these two units may grow even more before things change.

PM WHO'S HOT? How about DL Chris Canty?

The former Virginia Cavalier who was viewed as damaged goods before the 2005 draft now appears to be poised for a strong season in his second year in the league.

What's more, at his size he is versatile enough to move to the interior defensive line to serve as a back up to Jason Ferguson and company, as Parcells likes to say, "in a pinch."

"This has been the first time I've been this healthy in a real long time. Since I was in college," said Canty. "You look at that, plus all the work I've put in since last year and I think I've got a chance to do some things."

Indeed he does.

Canty was a regular in the backfield during the Friday morning session, and even though he was held in check Friday evening, his progress over the course of the last year cannot be ignored.

Here's to a fourth round pick that may end up becoming the the steal of the 2005 draft.

PM WHO'S NOT? We will go with Flozell Adams, who was working with the second team Friday evening at left tackle.

Bottomline here is Adams is struggling and still appears to be rusty after missing the better part of the 2005 season with a torn up knee.

Plenty of time for him to get the job done, and he has held his own at times, but you'd like to see more of him through the first week of camp.

Wait, isn't this what was said of Flozell before he was injured and missed more than half of last year?

PLAY OF THE DAY PM: Al Singleton drilled rookie running back Demetris Summers in the backfield on a play that created a stir in the crowd.

CONSIDER THIS: It's already been well-documented that the defense has started training camp extremely strong.

The scary thing is, however, is how many of the plays being called in the 11-on-11 drills are seeing an increasing amount of pressure by the defensive line.

And truth be told, many of those plays are allowed to continue to develop, where if it was a real game, Drew Bledsoe would have been taken to the woodshed.

Yes the offense will get better, but has anybody considered that this defense is really that good?

Through the first week of training camp, believes it is.

Bill Parcells may be "frustrated," as he said earlier Friday, but his defense should keep him in every single game this season, possibly scoring a few points of their own along the way.

QUICK HITS: Rookie RB Demetris Summers looked as good today as he has at any point during training camp, hitting two runs for long yardage while making several defenders miss. He also had another 5-7 yard gain that was made strictly by his ability to instantly shift his body. ... Keith Davis also plowed into Marion Barber during tream drills for one of the nastiest hits of the day. Davis also had another strong hit on Tyson Thompson. ... The offensive line seemed to improve as practice wore on, which is something that could not be said in previous days. ... The Cowboys are locked and loaded at tight end with Pro Bowler Jason Witten, rookie Anthony Fasano who has looked great in his first week of camp, and also Ryan Hannam, who Parcells said Friday was a pretty good receiver.

T.O. IN THE PM: Not surprisingly, Terrell Owens did not practice Friday evening due to a sore hamstring.

Owens has now missed the last three practices, even though Parcells told the media this morning that he was not injured. He spent a good bit of time again Friday evening on the stationary bike.

Insiders still say he will be on the field for Saturday's scrimmage. We'll see whether or not that actually happens.

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