11:29 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 9, 2006
By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
• NFL Films had Bill Parcells
wired for sound during Wednesday's morning session. We're not one to say the coach was preening for the cameras, but he was a little more active and vocal than normal.
• For the first time in camp, the players were able to wear shells (scaled-down pads) at practice after wearing pads for 16 straight practices.
"I'm gonna give them a little – I don't want to say break – but it's a test," Parcells said. "If they do a good job, they might get another chance to go in shells someday soon."
• Agent Jimmy Sexton
– who represents Parcells, Bobby Carpenter
, Marcus Coleman
, Jason Ferguson
, Aaron Glenn
, Bradie James
, Marco Rivera
and Jason Witten
– was at practice. Marcus Spears
recently left Sexton for Steve Feldman
. Ken Kremer
, who works for mega-agency CAA – which represents Tony Romo
, Marc Colombo
, Rob Petitti
, Chris Canty
, Drew Henson
and Julius Jones
– was also at practice. Could Sexton and Kremer be on hand to finalize extensions for James and Romo? Maybe, but over the course of camp, a number of agents have been on hand.
• DeMarcus Ware
's athleticism is beyond reproach, but the talented linebacker had a funny moment when he tripped over a bag during warmups, causing his teammates to laugh.
• During one part of the tight end/F back blocking drill against the outside linebackers, Parcells had this to say to Lousaka Polite
after going against Greg Ellis
: "You can block him, you can block most of them."
• For the second straight day, Skyler Green
, Keylon Kincade
, Tyson Thompson
and Abram Elam
• The Cowboys continue to wear their throwback helmets in practice. They will wear the uniforms three times this year: Aug. 21 vs. New Orleans, Thanksgiving vs. Tampa Bay and Christmas against Philadelphia.
• After giving up a sack, rookie left tackle Pat McQuistan
was berated by Parcells for not knowing the play. A few plays later, Parcells encouraged McQuistan. You take the good, you take the bad.
• After not turning up field quickly enough on a third-and-1 play, Tyson Thompson
was scolded. Parcells wants to see him keep the drive alive rather than try to break a big run when one is not there.
• During seven-on-seven drills, Drew Henson
launched a perfect deep ball to Jamaica Rector
to the outside shoulder, prompting a fist pump from the quarterback.
• Drew Bledsoe
was particularly sharp in red-zone drills, going 3-for-3 on completions to Witten (twice) and Thompson.
• Linebacker Akin Ayodele
had to have his facemask straightened out after one play.