Wearing a Cowboys white jersey and his trade mark tights, Owens said he was having fun again.
"I am going to embrace it," Owens said. "I am here with a great team and a great coach and a great owner, and I am looking forward to the opportunity that I can make here and help this team win. That is why they brought me in here. I feel like once I get on the field, I will let my playing talk for me."
Owens plans to give the Cowboys his same old great play from the past.
But he says he is a different person, as he has learned from his mistakes in Philadelphia last season that resulted in a season ending suspension and his subsequent release.
He said he has been humbled by his time away from the game and is motivated come back better than ever.
"You kind of grow and learn from your mistakes and I think I have done that," Owens said. "I plan on trying to be a better person in life and better teammate."
Considered selfish and divisive in Philadelphia, Owens said he wasn't going to have any problems with coach Bill Parcells' disciplined style or conservative offense.
"Bill is going to shoot you straight," said Owens, who has had several conversations with Parcells about what is expected of him. "I feel I am straight shooter and so is he. I feel like it's a match made in heaven. I am looking forward to it."
Despite last seasons' dispute with Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb or his poor relationship with quarterback Jeff Garcia during his days in San Francisco, he doesn't foresee any problems with Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
"We have talked," Owens said. "I called him when I got signed and we have talked a few times and the conversation has been great. We have text each other a few times. He has been keeping up with what I am doing and I kind of keep up with what he is doing. Sometimes I bug him when he is on the golf course and he has to call me back later. But it has gone well."
Owens plans to make the most of this final chance in Dallas because it likely established how he will be remembered in the NFL.
"Well I feel like at this point that I am with the greatest team in the nation," Owens said. "I have a chance to go out here on top with one of the greatest teams, coaches and owners. This is chapter 1."
Quotes and Notes
--DE Greg Ellis may still be unhappy with his role in Dallas but he is not going any where.
Parcells reiterated that point to Ellis is a recent talk.
"We had a little talk recently," Parcells said. "It wasn't as pleasant as others we've had. But I think everything is straightened out."
Ellis, who tied for the team lead in sacks last year, is unhappy that he has been made a part-time player in the team's 3-4 defense. He boycotted the team's offseason program, likely in an attempt to get the Cowboys to release him.
Parcells said Ellis remains too valuable to the team as a pass rusher. He is the only proven rusher outside of linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
"I've always felt like Greg was with me," Parcells said. "I was just unhappy that he was not here for the majority of the off-season. But that's just the way it is. I told him he wasn't leaving here. He's not going to leave here. And until we get someone a lot better doing what he can do, then he's going to be an important part of the defense."
--QB Drew Henson still can't do enough to make Cowboys coach Bill Parcells happy.
Henson got some much needed experience in NFL Europe, finishing as one of the league's top quarterbacks, but it wasn't enough to impress Parcells.
"I can't say he made a lot of progress," Parcells said. "I think the experience was good for him and playing in the games was good for him but I was hoping for just a little bit more."
--Linebacker Al Singleton is absent from minicamp because is getting married on Saturday.
He is expected to be back with the Cowboys on Monday for the start of the organized team activities.
Also absent are linebacker Kevin Burnett, who is still recovering from a torn ACL, rookie offensive tackle E. J. Whitley, who out of the season with a torn ACL and receiver Tom Crowder, who broke his jaw playing in NFL Europe.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The book is the book. I feel like everyone can make their judgments after they read it. I think that book is basically as close to the truth as I can tell it. I don't feel that anything that book will entail will distract this team or my teammates or the Cowboys organization." -- Receiver Terrell Owens on his upcoming book on last season's mishaps in Philadelphia
--LB Kalen Thornton, who missed last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee, has yet to regain his health. He subsequently failed a physical before this week's minicamp and was released.
--RB Demetris Summers was signed a free agent contract before Friday's minicamp. Summers, who was kicked off the South Carolina football team failing a drug test, is in Dallas on a day to day basis. He got off on the wrong foot by showing up late to his first team meeting.
--DT Samuel Taulealea was signed to a one-year contract. Taulealea is a 6-1, 340-pound nose tackle from Concordia College who spent the spring in NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder, where he recorded eight tackles. Taulealea finished his playing career at Concordia College after a stint at the University of Colorado where he was a two-time speed, strength and conditioning champion and holds the school weightlifting record with a 710-pound squat. Taulealea attended St. Louis High School in Waialae, Hawaii.
It may sound strange, but having just signed a quarterback, bringing their total to three (not counting undrafted rookies and free agents), the Giants may not yet be finished in their search for the perfect backup to Eli Manning.
Most recently in the fold is veteran Rob Johnson, who has not played in the NFL for two seasons.
What's that? How does that compute? How can that be justified?
Well, first of all, the 34-year old was a fourth-round draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 out of USC, and guess who the head coach was? Right, Tom Coughlin, the current Giants' head coach.
He has started (did that once for Coughlin) and has played for five NFL teams -- Jacksonville, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Oakland and Washington -- and while he has never become a household name or a Pro Bowl player, he did acquire a reputation as a smart, experienced "teacher," if you will, of young quarterbacks.
In fact, when he decided to temporarily retire, he returned to Laguna Beach, Cal., where he and his dad, Bob, and his brother Bret operated Camp Quarterback. A few of the former campers include Carson Palmer, David Carr and Drew Brees.
Johnson also has that most prized possession -- a Super Bowl ring -- which he received as a backup for Tampa Bay.
"I wanted this as long as my arm was healthy," he said, "because it's no fun at all to play when you're hurting."
It was in 1998, Johnson's fourth year in the NFL and first with the Bills, when he hurt his passing arm. "I hit it on somebody's helmet," he said, "and it just got progressively weaker. I never actually blew it out, but they [the doctors] said the elbow ligament looked like a rope frayed at the end. I was having trouble gripping the ball, so I went for the 'Tommy John' surgery. They took a ligament out of my wrist -- some people have an extra one there, and I did -- and stuck it in the elbow."
Now, almost two years after the surgery that takes at least 18 months to recover from, he is ready to compete. He'll find Tim Hasselbeck (the incumbent backup), Jared Lorenzen and a free agent named Josh Harris. There are still rumors circulating that Jay Fiedler and even former Giant Kerry Collins are also under consideration.
"When I'm healthy I can compete," Johnson says. "I love the competition. And now I'm healthy."
Johnson's last NFL touchdown pass came on December 23, 2002, when he hit wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson for an 18-yarder in a 17-7 Monday night loss to Pittsburgh. Six days later he made his last start, taking the Buccaneers to a 15-0 victory over Chicago.
Quotes and Notes
--A little mystery has been solved. Two weeks ago, the Giants announced the signing of defensive tackle Junior Ioane, 6-3 and 335, a six-year veteran who last played for Houston.
A day later they announced he had been released.
The assumption was that he failed a physical, but the Giants won't sign a player until he passes that exam. Now it can be explained.
The NFL determined that there was a glitch in the contract, and refused to accept it. When that happens, the pencil-pushers take over and, technically speaking, Ioane didn't have a contract. That meant he was a free agent -- and it was generally reported that he had been released.
That's the technical side.
The reality is just a little different. The Giants cleared up the contractual error and re-signed him. So the NFL machine geared up again, announcing that the Giants had signed defensive tackle Junior Ioane, who had so recently been released.
Ioane might be more important than the casual observer might think. It is more than casually obvious that the Giants are considering a conversion to the 3-4 defense. With the loss of Kendrick Clancy, a departure via the UFA route to Arizona, there was no suitable nose tackle on the roster.
The most likely candidate was William Joseph, the first round pick in 2003, but he isn't constructed in the true mold of a nose tackle. Clancy was. So is Ioane, an Arizona State product familiar with that demanding and thankless position.
--QB Rob Johnson, drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars when current Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin filled that role there, is also familiar with two current members of the coaching staff -- quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride and running backs coach Jerald Ingram. Also, assistant athletic trainer Byron Hansen was the head trainer at USC when Johnson was an undergrad.
--Several rumors of position changes involving players have circulated, including DE Justin Tuck to defensive tackle or strong-side linebacker; DT William Joseph to defensive end; No. 1 draft pick Mathias Kiwanuka from defensive end to strong-side linebacker; and right guard Chris Snee to center. As usual, there was no comment from the coaching staff.
--PK Jay Feely missed only seven field goals all season (three in that OT loss to Seattle) and set a team record with 148 kick-scoring points. Seen in the team locker room last week, he smiled when reminded about the Seahawks' game. "I guess that's never going to go away, is it?"
--DE Michael Strahan, a six-time Pro Bowl veteran, was asked how he will treat the No. 1 pick, DE Mathias Kiwanuka. "I'll tell him what he has to do, and how he should go about things," he said. "But this is the NFL. They don't want me to be his babysitter."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "My dad's quarterback camp this spring included Kellen Clemens (Jets' second round draft pick) and some of those guys and I could throw with them. It was a matter of whether I could do that, throw as long and make it through two-a-day practices. I did. I'm ready." -- Giants' newest QB, Rob Johnson.
The Eagles, who drafted one Olympian in April -- moguls skier/wide receiver/punt returner Jeremy Bloom -- are apparently interested in adding yet another.
The agent for gold medal-winning sprinter Justin Gatlin said the Eagles have contacted him several times over the last three weeks to see if Gatlin would be interested in signing a free-agent contract with the team.
The 6-1, 170-pound Gatlin, who is co-owner of the world record in the 100-meter dash, hasn't played football since his sophomore year in high school. But the Eagles would like to give him a look-see as both a wide receiver and kickoff returner.
That doesn't seem likely, though. Renaldo Nehemiah, the former world-record-holding Olympic hurdler who represents Gatlin, said he has not returned calls or e-mails from the Eagles and has barely mentioned the team's inquiries to his client.
"Football isn't a necessity (for Gatlin)," said Nehemiah, who spent three seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers (1982-84). "He's doing well enough. He doesn't need it."
Nehemiah could be trying to say Gatlin isn't interested or he could be trying to say the Eagles need to up the ante.
The Eagles finished 14th in the NFL last season in kickoff returns, averaging 22.2 yards per return. Rod Hood finished fifth in the NFC in kickoff returns with a 23.7-yard average. Hood, the team's nickel corner, seldom broke any longer returns. The Eagles had the fourth fewest 30-plus-yard kickoff returns in the league last year.
They also don't have a lot of speed in their wide receiving corps now that Terrell Owens is gone. Their fastest wideout is contact-shy Todd Pinkston, who missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Quotes and Notes
--Safety Brian Dawkins was part of a contingent of NFL players and executives that traveled to Germany last week to visit injured American soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The visit was sponsored by the USO. The day before the visit, the group attended the NFL Europe League's championship game, World Bowl XIV.
--The Eagles' draft class had the second highest average Wonderlic intelligence test score in the league. Their eight picks averaged 26.9 (out of 50) on the test. The only team's pick that scored higher were the Jets (28.0).--Two of the best training camp battles are going to come at left guard and strong-side linebacker. The Eagles' traded last year's starting left guard, Artis Hicks, to Minnesota and will have three players -- Adrien Clarke, Todd Herremans and rookie fourth-rounder Max Jean-Gilles -- compete for the starting job. Last year's starting SAM 'backer, Dhani Jones, is back. But he played poorly last season. Both third-year man Greg Richmond and rookie third-rounder Chris Gocong will push him for the starting job.