Wednesday News & Notes

Chad Hutchinson has had better starts than Wednesday morning. The former quarterback out of Stanford struggled to find his rhythm in the 7-on-7 drills at the Alamodome, throwing 3 straight incompletions on consecutive plays. News on both Cowboy quarterbacks are contained in this report.

* While Hutchinson did start off slowly, he did manage to warm up by the end of practice, hitting his backup tight end in the endzone for a nice completion, as well as a long pass to Ken-Yon Rambo.

* Quincy Carter looked much better Wednesday than he did just 24 hours ago. He started out the morning practice session with a bang, completing five of his first six passes in the 7-on-7 drill. The highlight came with a bullet across the middle of the field good for about 15 yards to Antonio Bryant.

* And speaking of Antonio Bryant and Quincy Carter, the two having seemingly been spending much more time together. The two arrived on the field at the same time, and appeared to engage in several indepth conversations throughout the day. Perhaps the rookie is trying to build a strong working relationship with the guy that will be responsible for getting him the ball this season.

* The Cowboys are now less than 48 hours away from their first scrimmage against the Texans, but don't expect to see the starters out there too long Friday evening in Houston. "Our starters are not going to go alot at the first scrimmage," said Dave Campo.

"We've got 90 players on the squad that we want to see how they operate against another ball club. Right now we are talking about three 10 play drives each." Campo also indicated that there will be live special teams scenarios so that he can see how rookie kickers Billy Cundiff and Filip Filipovic respond under a live rush.

* Make no mistake, Roy Williams has been a ball hawk ever since he set foot on the practice fields at Valley Ranch. And he continues to look impressive in his first week of training camp, but talk of the Cowboys having the best safeties in the league might be a bit premature.

"I think that Darren Woodson is still one of the best safeties in the league. And obviously we feel that Roy Williams will one day be one of the best safeties in the league," said Dave Campo. "Roy is picking up things relatively quickly. Even if he doesn't know exactly what he is supposed to do, he has good instincts."

* The acquisition of Jeff Robinson as the long snapper has been quite the talk of training camp this week. "Jeff is one of the best of the league and he has ability to be a tight end for us as well. Even though he's a very good snapper, he's a combination guy that can help us out," said Campo.

Robinson is the only snapper out there that consistently gets the job done. "Did you see the other guy?" Dave Campo said laughing this afternoon.

* Bryant Westbrook didn't exactly have a great day, as he was burned by both Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismail on fairly deep passing plays. Westbrook appears to be moving well, but his instincts are still rusty.

* Jermaine Copeland rebounded from two poor days in a row to make several nice catches on Wednesday. He caught a beautiful fade pattern in the corner of the endzone on a perfectly thrown ball from Quincy Carter in the morning session, and he didn't drop a pass for the first time in three practice sessions.

* Both Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson spent an extensive amount of time working with quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson today. Most of the discussions centered around their footwork.

* Finally, the Cowboys finally showed a little trickery Wednesday evening when holder Micah Knorr completed a touchdown pass to Brandon Noble in the end zone on a fake field goal.

Knorr pulled up as the holder and rolled out to his right before hitting Noble with the scoring strike. You might remember the Cowboys using Tim Seder on two successful fake field goal attempts over the course of the last two seasons.

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