Anderson Ready for the Challenge

Newly acquired fullback Richie Anderson is familiar with the Bill Parcells way of doing things, and he's more than comfortable in being re-united with his former head coach. Anderson talks about his decision to come to Dallas in this report and we've also added some bonus news on Emmitt Smith.

Bill Parcells coached newly-signed FB Richie Anderson when he was with the Jets from 1997-1999.

"It's a great fit for me," Anderson said. "I felt comfortable with the situation and being with Coach Parcells and Coach Carthon. They were factors in my decision. I just want come in and help this team win a championship."

Anderson will compete with Jamar Martin for the starting job at fullback and will also make an impact as a third-down back. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder is a solid blocker but receiving is his forte. He has 2,449 career receiving yards with 10 touchdowns and 722 career rushing yards and two touchdowns.

In Anderson's Pro Bowl season of 2000, Anderson had 88 catches for 853 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 27 times for 63 yards. Though he has spent his entire career in New York, Anderson doesn't foresee any problems transitioning to Dallas because he already knows what to expect from Parcells.

"I know what he brings to the table," Anderson said. "I know his passion and what he expects out of the team. He is a coach who wants to win and he expects you to work hard and have a winning heart."

Emmitt Smith Update
NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith is scheduled to visit next Wednesday and Thursday.

"We're excited about it," said Cardinals new operations chief Rod Graves. "We've talked several times already. We're happy that he's interested in talking with us."

Undrafted rookie RB Marcel Shipp won the job midway through the season and was rewarded with a hefty contract extension in December. He would go to camp first on the depth chart unless the team lands an experienced player like Smith.

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