Cowboys Looking for Wide Receivers

OXNARD, Calif. - Bill Parcells met with the media Wednesday afternoon between practice sessions in Oxnard. Among some of the intriguing items discussed was a potential trade to secure additional help at wide receiver.

ROSTER MOVES: The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent tight end Erik Jensen, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday. Jensen played his college ball at Iowa and was a member of the Steelers' practice squad last season.

"We signed a guy named Erik Jensen," Parcells said. "He's more of an F-position player. We are going to be looking at a couple of other guys here shortly as soon as we can get them in."

Parcells said that his scouting department is looking at wide receivers, and there may be a trade in the works if things work out.

"I've got the pro guys looking and we are talking with some teams," he said. "I think we are trying to be proactive on it and see which teams could be heavy in that area.

"We are heavy at a spot or two, so maybe we can do some business."

Parcells later said, "I don't who's probably going to be our 3-4-5 receivers yet. I'm just a little low on numbers. I don't want to run these guys to death."

LOOKING NORTH TO SEATTLE: With just two more practice sessions and a walk-through left before Saturday's preseason opener, Parcells said Wednesday he's looking forward to traveling up to Seattle.

"Seems like we've been up there a lot recently. I'm looking at getting the guys I really want to see for two and a half quarters. I want to put guys in there for an extended amount of time to see what they can do," he said.

Among the names mentioned Parcells was most interested in looking at are LB Kevin Burnett, DL Jay Ratliff, FS Pat Watkins, DE Jason Hatcher, and OT Pat McQuistan.

Parcells also said he has yet to figure out how he'll handle the rotation at the all-important right tackle position.

"I want to give guys extended time but I've got three guys there I want to look at. Maybe one won't go this weekend as much (Jason Fabini).

QUICK AKIN AYODELE UPDATE: When the Cowboys signed free agent linebacker Akin Ayodele this offseason, it didn't garner many headlines around the league.

So far during training camp, the same thing could be said, but that's not a bad thing. "He's doing pretty good," said Parcells. "I think he's going to wind up being pretty valuable for us."

QUICK HITS: Marcus Spears, who will not play in Saturday's preseason opener, could be back practicing with the team Monday. ... Parcells said he's giving the team a break this afternoon by working them in shells. "I don't want to say 'break' it's more like a test," he said. … Tony Romo could start Saturday's game in Seattle. "I think it's safe to say you'll Romo a lot in this game," Parcells said. ... Parcells introduced a new term to the media Wednesday, "scout swap." ... "We are sending our guys to a couple of teams and we are letting some teams to come here," he said. "I used to do that with Ron Wolf ... all the time."

COUNTDOWN TO GAMEDAY: The Cowboys have just three more days before 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 32 days away.

NEXT UP: The Cowboys will practice from 5 PM to 7:00 PM Pacific Time Wednesday evening. The team will hold its final official practice before Saturday's game in Seattle Thursday from 2 PM to 4:20 PM Pacific.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "With these two players (Marion Barber and Julius Jones), I'm more inclined to change the runners. And I want Tyson (Thompson) to be in the mix as well. Marion could be the third down guy and something else. Julius could be the lead runner. I don't think Tyson is ready for third down right now." - Parcells on how he'll use running backs Julius Jones and Marion Barber this season.

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