"I don't want to cut a guy I think can help this team," Fassel said. "If I have to redo some things I can do that."
Fassel might opt to keep six corners and only three safeties. There doesn't seem to be any way he can cut any one of the top six. Jason Sehorn and Dave Thomas are the starters, Emmanuel McDaniel is the nickel back, and Will Allen and Will Peterson are impressive rookies. The wildcard is Ralph Brown, who missed almost his entire rookie season with a lacerated kidney but has come back strong this summer.
* Rookie punter Rodney Williams tried some directional kicking, seeking to send the ball out of bounds as close to the goal line as possible. Fassel was stationed out of bounds, marking each punt. Williams knocked one kick that bounced out inside the two-yard line. "Not bad," Fassel shouted. "Next time get it out at the one."
Williams' best effort sailed directly out of bounds at the six-yard line, providing no opportunity for a return. "You're trying not to mess up," Williams said of Fassel's presence on the side. "It's kind of like getting orders from the president."
Fassel liked what he saw. "We're going to have to raise the bar on the goals, make it the six-inch line," he said.
* Rookie K John Markham wants his shot. He stood and watched as his competition, Jaret Holmes, had a strong showing vs. the Jaguars. Now it will be Markham's turn to show what he can do in Big Blue's game vs. the Jets.
"I would have liked to have gotten more kicks, it just didn't work out that way, so I'm looking forward to getting some [against the Jets]," Markham said. "I've kicked for a while and I know if I put too much pressure on myself I can't perform."
* WR Amani Toomer returned to practice after spraining his right ankle in Thursday's victory over the Jaguars.
* A few problems have arisen between the center-quarterback exchanges, leading to a hand-held camera on the field used to monitor the snap from C Dusty Zeigler to Kerry Collins.