02:15 AM CDT on Thursday, August 3, 2006
By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
• Some people misinterpreted Bill Parcells
' comments to the kids running the chains during practice the other day when they messed up the down marker. He's joking. On Wednesday he asked, "What community college do you go to? Do they have admission standards?"
• Irving's Akin Ayodele
is coming along in his adjustment to inside linebacker. He had a nice deflection of a Tony Romo
pass, using the correct technique (arm closer to the quarterback) to bust up the throw.
• Parcells likes versatile players. He has Marcus Coleman
playing some safety, as is fellow corner Nate Jones
. In a goal-line drill he had linebacker Ryan Fowler
line up at fullback. Remember, last year Marcus Spears
lined up at fullback during games as a lead blocker.
• Tough morning for kickers not named Mike Vanderjagt
, who was sick and missed practice. Shaun Suisham
and Tyler Fredrickson
combined to make one of eight tries, and six of the misses were to the right.
• Scott Shanle
is not known as a big hitter, but during a team period he hit running back Marion Barber
so hard that Barber's helmet flew off.
• Tight end Sean Ryan
is feisty. He knocked off Stephen Bowen
's helmet on a block, prompting Jim Burt
, who's working with the defensive line in camp to say, "That Ryan, he's got a mean streak."
• These players returned kickoffs: WR Terrance Copper
, RB Tyson Thompson
, WR Skyler Green
, WR Jamaica Rector
, WR Patrick Crayton
, S Abram Elam
, WR Sam Hurd
, CB Lenny Williams
, RB Marion Barber
, RB Demetris Summers
• Quarterback Drew Bledsoe
shouted encouragement to rookie tight end Anthony Fasano
after a clutch grab, and Parcells brought Fasano back in the huddle to take some congratulatory head slaps from Bledsoe, Terrell Owens
• Parcells said don't read much into it, but Marc Colombo
was working with the first-team offense at right tackle. And this was the third straight day Andre Gurode
anchored the line at center with the starters instead of Al Johnson
• Tony Romo
heard from Parcells after some poor throws and decisions in the morning workout. Parcells has placed Romo on notice because of his expectations for the quarterback.