Monday News & Notes

"He was having a good camp, that's disappointing from our standpoint. He was making a lot of progress in a short period of time, noted Dave Campo on the season ending injury to fullback Jamar Martin. News on Martin's injury and much more is contained in this report.

Rookie FB Jamar Martin, who was expected to push Robert Thomas for a starting position this year, has been lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "We like Jamar, and we feel like he has a future in professional football, it just won't be there this year," said Dave Campo.

Martin had just laid a punishing hit on linebacker Paris Johnson when the freak injury occured. "It was in the middle drill, a linebacker was scraping and fell on the back of his right calf. It's really an unfortunate incident."

The Cowboys are already checking to see if another quality fullback could be cut anytime soon. "We'll look at the wire and see if somebody is out there, but we feel like Robert Thomas is coming off the injury really well," said Campo.

The Cowboys' head coach then immediately laid any rumors to rest concerning Troy Hambrick getting more looks at fullback this season, "We will not use Hambrick as a fullback. I think we did him a disservice last year by playing fullback, even though he did a good job."

Paris Johnson ended up breaking his right hand on the play, and he's currently listed as day-to-day. In other injury news, Dwayne Goodrich missed practice again with a left groin strain. He continues to remain day-to-day.

The Cowboys looked crisp out on the practice fields this morning, and with the overall noise level a little lower than it's been in recent days, Campo was pleased with how his team has responded. "I thought we had a good practice this morning, good energy. Offensively we are starting to make some practice. We had a live drill today, and there some guys that stood out," said Campo.

Campo noted that both Troy Hambrick and Daleroy Stewart kicked it up a notch with the pads on, but the Cowboys head coach was surprisingly not as optomistic about Bryant Westbrook.

"I think that Bryant is making progress, I don't think he's jumped out there and made us crazy about what he's doing, but he's making progress. Until he gets in the game situations, we aren't going to know where he is."

Westbrook looked solid out on the practice fields again today, intercepting Quincy Carter and getting in on a number of plays in the secondary. He continues to show little effects of his Achillies injury.

And then there is Roy Williams. If you haven't seen the former Oklahoma Sooner star in person, you are simply missing out- to say that he is an athlete would be an understatement. Williams seemingly gets in on every play, and the Cowboys' coaching staff has already taken notice.

Williams timed a blitz perfectly in the 11-on-11 drills this afternoon and if the Cowboys were playing in a real game, it would likely resulted in a quarterback sack.

"I think Roy is doing what we thought he would do," said Campo. "He has a knack of slithering to some people to get the ball especially in the running game, and he really breaks well on the deep ball. He's another one that takes it up a notch when the pads are on."

You could say the same thing about big center Andre Gurode. Gurode, who has looked impressive throughout the offseason, continues to improve upon that reputation this week. Gurode is a physical football player, even when the team isn't running full speed- he won't hesitate to force contact. The incredible thing is that Gurode is one of the smallest linemen on the first team, and he actually weighs in at over 320 pounds.

Wide receivers Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismail each looked strong in the afternoon session- neither one dropped a single pass with the exception of a deep ball down the side line to Galloway. Dave Campo was notably excited when just one long completion was made.

Finally, it looks like one receiver may be on the outside looking in. For the second consecutive day, Jeremaine Copeland dropped a pass in the 11-on-11 drills when most of the attention was on him. With all the young talent the Cowboys have stockpiled at receiver, even the slightest loss of focus could prove to be costly.

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