Training Camp News & Notes

The Cowboys have now finished their first day of training camp. We've got notes on who looked good and who didn't through the first two practice sessions. The two things you can say is that the Cowboys picked up a gem in Antonio Bryant and Ken-Yon Rambo may have begun a march to more playing time.

The morning practices during training camp will generally be teaching sessions, and that's exactly what we saw on the practice fields Saturday. The afternoon practices will tend to focus more on the game itself with less teaching.

Most of the hour long morning session was merely instruction, with the last 15 minutes focusing on the same 7-on-7 drills that took place during most of the mini-camps this summer. "I thought we operated well out there on the turf, the guys seem to like it and that's good," said Dave Campo.

In the afternoon session, there was substantial more action, and several players stood out, including Ken-Yon Rambo, Mario Edwards, and Chad Hutchinson.

Rambo made several leaping grabs and seemingly caught any pass thrown in his direction. Edwards made several spectacular hits, one which probably will make TE Tony McGee think twice about going across the middle of the field. The former Florida State star also looked strong in pure one-on-one coverage.

Hutchinson looked sharp on almost all of his passes, launching several picture perfect bullets to Raghib Ismail and Antonio Bryant. Even though he made several mental mistakes, his day began much more smoothly than Quincy Carter.

Carter didn't do anything to stand out in the morning session, missing several easy passes across the middle of the field. He looked a little unsure of himself at first before picking up his game a notch in the afternoon.

"As far the reads go, both of them looked good. The reads were good with both Quincy and Hutchinson," said Dave Campo. "Quincy has jumped up right now. There is significant difference between Quincy and the rest of the quarterbacks right now."

Overall, his delivery looked much better than it did at the start of camp last year, but he still has some work to do with his accuracy. He did look strong on the deep ball, lofting several pinpoint passes right into the arms of his wide receivers.

One of those receivers that looked great was rookie Antonio Bryant, who continued to impress everyone in attendance Saturday.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Antonio Bryant signs autographs for fans following the team's afternoon training camp workout at the Alamodome. (AP)
There seems to be something about his persona that just makes you think that he will be something special in this league one day. Call him smooth, call him sleek- call him one of the most impressive wide receivers on the field, because that is exactly what he looked like Saturday. He was also very popular with the fans wanting autographs.

Rookie Jamar Martin didn't do anything to help his cause to overtake Robert Thomas at fullback. The former Ohio State Buckeye still needs to work on catching the football before he can be taken seriously as a starter.

Micah Knorr may be on his way out as the Cowboys punter this season. Filip Filipovic has a booming leg, and Knorr was inconsistent when the special teams took the stage in the morning session. The competition between the two is developing into one of the more intriguing battles of camp.

Almost 20,000 people attended the first two practice sessions- with even more expected tomorrow. "These fans were awesome here today," said linebacker Dat Nguyen. "They're all over the place and they got really loud in here. It's not really a distraction for us because you want to do your best when you've got that many people watching you."

In terms of injuries, Larry Allen has been working with the trainers, but has not yet hit the practice field full speed. He will be available in 2 weeks for full contact. Duane Hawthorne is listed day-to-day with a slight fracture of the tibia. Randal Williams hurt his calve during the last mini-camp at Valley Ranch, and he could be out anywhere from one to three weeks.

The Cowboys will practice again at 11 AM Sunday morning and also at 3:15 PM in the afternoon.

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