Tuesday Notebook: Offense Improving

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WHO'S HOT? Well, maybe "hot" is not the right word, but the offensive line has shown steady improvement over the course of the last week or so, as has the entire offense.

Slowly but surely, things are starting to come together at right tackle, where Marc Colombo has settled in as well as Rob Petitti and Jason Fabini.

The much-maligned Fabini actually practiced with the first team Tuesday.

At left tackle, it's become clear that Flozell Adams is improving by the day and should be back to full strength within the next two to three weeks.

Marco Rivera appears to be as healthy as he's been in years at right guard, and the Cowboys also seem to be set with a rotation at center with Andre Gurode and Al Johnson.

Speaking of Gurode, he may be the biggest surprise of training camp on offense. Parcells suggested earlier in the week that he's become less distractible and it's showing on the field with less mental errors and more consistent play.

"I've been keeping it all together since the beginning of camp," he said. "I know what (Parcells) wants. I know what he's said and it's coming together for me. It's something that I'm going to continue to work on ... doing the little things and continuing doing the little things over and over."

While Big Bill has talked a lot about Gurode and his improvement, he hasn't mentioned too much about Kyle Kosier at left guard- which is good.

Kosier may not be Larry Allen, but he's young and aggressive. He also has handled just about every defensive lineman the Cowboys have lined up against him during the first 10 days of camp. Tuesday it was more of the same as Kosier held his own against Jason Ferguson in a couple of drills matching the offensive line against the d-line.

And how about rookie Pat McQuistan, the little known tackle out of Weber State we were all scratching our head about three months ago? As a reserve lineman, he's made some noise of his own, holding fellow rookie Jason Hatcher in check a time or two Tuesday.

WHO'S NOT? Heard anything about rookie defensive tackle Montavious Stanley lately?

Neither have we.

Stanley has practiced with the second team at defensive tackle the last two days and has been inconsistent at best. His motor always seems to be running, which is good, but he's been engulfed by bigger players and at times has been overmatched, which is not good.

Yes it's still very early in camp, but so far, it's easy to understand why the Cowboys are moving players into the interior of the line- because they need to find more depth there.

As it stands now, Stanley, a sixth round draft pick out of Louisville, is not in a great position to make the 53-man regular season roster. Ouch.

PLAY OF THE DAY: While we missed personally missed seeing this play, (don't ask), we were told that wide receiver Jamacia Rector made a sensational one-handed catch for a touchdown that caused a stir on offense.

NEWMAN SLIGHTLY INJURED: Cornerback Terence Newman sat out a handful of drills Tuesday with what was said to be an ankle sprain. The injury is not believed to be serious. He commented to several fans afterwards that it was nothing he was concerned about.

T.O. UPDATE: Aside from riding the stationary bike some more, Terrell Owens did minor route running Tuesday. While it wasn't much to watch, anything involving T.O. moving around is a good thing. When he comes back to practice with the rest of the team is another story.

NEXT TO BE CUT: LB Oliver Hoyte. We've heard decent things about this former N.C. State player throughout training camp, but the numbers at linebacker don't help his cause.

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