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Web Posted: 08/04/2004 12:00 AM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
Parcells tight-lipped about Newman
Is coach Bill Parcells toying with the idea of using second-year cornerback Terence Newman at wide receiver some this season?
Newman, who played corner, receiver and punt/kickoff returner at Kansas State, has been running a few routes with the receivers after practice.
Asked about it Tuesday, Parcells said, "Working at receiver? Oh, I don't know." Pressed for an answer, Parcells said, "I don't feel compelled to tell you everything. I don't know."
Newman told DallasCowboys.com that he enjoys playing receiver.
"I think it's fun to go out there and run routes," Newman said. "Playing defense, it's a tough job. But I think I could handle a little bit more."
Refiguring Randal: Parcells wants to get more out of 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver Randal Williams, who has been primarily a special teams performer for the Cowboys.
"I would like to get him both in the running game and the passing game," Parcells said. "My expectations for him will be higher than last year. He's big and can block. That will give us two big guys (at wide receiver) that can block."
Veteran Keyshawn Johnson is one of the league's best blocking receivers.
Payback time: On Sunday, Parcells poked fun at tight end Jason Witten after the second-year player got smacked by linebacker Bradie James. "That will bring him out of pretty boy status," Parcells said after watching Witten get nailed.
On Tuesday, Witten collided with Parcells while attempting to catch a pass, knocking the coach to the ground.
"I showed him," Witten joked later. "He learned his lesson."
Roster moves: The Cowboys have re-signed rookie wide receiver Brandon Middlton, a Houston alumnus, and waived rookie wide receiver James Newsom, leaving the roster at 85 players.