Deion Sanders made a guest appearance at training camp earlier today at the request of head coach Dave Campo. You might remember the former all-pro cornerback showing up at Valley Ranch for a mini-camp several months ago.
"Primetime" worked with the cornerbacks extensively Tuesday morning, and it didn't take him long to get into the specifics of who looks good, and who still needs work. Mario Edwards, in Sanders' estimation, is the real deal for the Cowboys. "He's the best on this field, the best corner going. He's matured a lot and he wants to learn the little things. That's what I love about him. He's so hungry," said Deion.
The Cowboys added 6-year veteran fullback Derrick Harris to their training camp roster late Monday evening. The move comes after the losing rookie Jamar Martin for the season and converted linebacker Scott Zimmerman for at least two weeks. Harris has started 20 games during his NFL career, including 14 in 1998. He basically has been brought in to ease the burden off of starter Robert Thomas.
Look for Harris to see time at fullback as well as a special teams player. The former Miami Hurricane has only carried the ball 17 times during his NFL career, but he has seen extensive time on a variety of special teams. "I've got confidence in Robert Thomas, but we have the opportunity to bring in a veteran guy that can compete. He does some things that we like, and that's good for Robert and for us," said Campo. Harris has spent his last two seasons in San Diego after spending his first four years in the league with the St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys also brought in another fullback, but he did not me the organizations' expectations during his physical.
After a strong performance last week against the Oakland Raiders, coach Campo has been more willing to indicate the offense is starting to show significant improvement. "I'm starting to get the feeling from watching practice that our offense is starting to come around a bit. We are starting to make some progress there, and hopefully we'll continue to see some progress this weekend at Carolina," said Dave Campo.
Much of that improvement centers around the play from the quarterback position. Quincy Carter has responded from his strong performance in his first preseason game against the Raiders with a great week of practice. Looking poised and confident, Carter completed two sweet touchdown passes to Joey Galloway during the morning session Tuesday. It is safe to say that his confidence is at an all-time high.
Bryant Westbrook may finally be turning the corner, so to speak. He reportedly has his strongest practice of the year this morning, breaking up a total of three passes and demonstrating some outstanding recovery speed in his coverage. Perhaps the arrival of Deion helped Westbrook take his game to the next level. "After that injury he had, all of his instincts, and everything has to all be rekindled. That's going to take a little time but he can do it," noted Sanders.
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