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DMN Camp Blog: Mosley, Archer Practice Report

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    GET YOUR POPCORN READY: It's Mosley Report time!


    • I know Archer probably covered this, but it's worth repeating that the two kickers who showed up today went a combined 1-for-8 on field goals. Mike Vanderjagt missed practice because of illness. Bill Parcells' body language (a scary thing) suggested that he wasn't thrilled about Vanderjagt staying in his room. He didn't know whether Vanderjagt would be available for the afternoon practice.

    • Watched Marc Colombo in 1-on-1 blocking drills this morning. He neutralized Kenyon Coleman a couple of times, and that's difficult to do in a drill that favors the pass-rushers.

    Colombo worked with the first team today, but don't read too much into that. Rob Petitti has struggled a little bit early in camp. The coaches want him to take his great off-season onto the field.

    • Had a long discussion with Jason Ferguson about this camp compared to the last one. Last year, he got banged up early and never really seemed to hit his stride.

    Parcells said today that Ferguson will be under a tremendous amount of pressure because of the lack of experience behind him.

    Second-year player Thomas "Pepper" Johnson and rookie Montavious Stanley both have a chance, but they are far from polished.

    "Last year, I had to share time with [La'Roi] Glover," Ferguson said. "Now, I'm getting a lot of reps and a lot of it's on me. I like it that way."

    Ferguson has a very engaging personality, and he's really reached out to the younger players. And count him among the many who are raving about defensive end/tackle Jay Ratliff.

    • Andre Gurode appears to have the upper hand at center early in camp. He once again worked with the first team this morning. Gurode is better than Johnson against 3-4 schemes, a point that Ferguson emphasized during our conversation today.

    "Al's more versatile," Ferguson said of Johnson. "I just wish we could combine the two guys."

    Parcells has rotated centers before, but I get the feeling he'd rather go with one guy.

    • Someone named Stephen Bowen (Hofstra rookie) blew by veteran offensive tackle Jason Fabini during 1-on-1 drills this morning. To the naked eye, Fabini appears to be struggling. Parcells said Fabini's still trying to overcome shoulder injuries he had last year.

    Beginning to think our Todd Archer was right when he selected Fabini as a semi-big name that could be deleted from the roster.

    • One of my favorite things to do during practice is to stand near former Giant Jim Burt during drills. He sort of gives you a play-by-play of what's happening on the field.

    A few nuggets from today: Heard him say that no one on this roster is capable of blocking linebacker DeMarcus Ware. "I've never seen anyone like him," said Burt, who once played with a guy named Lawrence Taylor...Though you wouldn't know it by talking to Greg Ellis, Burt said of him: "He's no longer a disgruntled employee. He's got the best position on the field. He gets to go up against tight ends and running backs."

    Burt thinks Ellis has a chance to make a successful transition, but Parcells keeps telling us that we're "way too far down the road" on this story.

    • One Dallas-area reporter ran up to tell former OU safety Roy Williams that his alma mater had dismissed its starting quarterback while Williams was still basking in the glow of his contract extension.

    This same 40-something journalist has been known to attend news conferences in UT basketball jerseys.

    Back with a new feature called Coaching Shorts in just a moment. Don't turn that Internet address!

    Posted by Matt Mosley [IMG] at 2:40 PM (E-mail this entry)


    Morning practice observations


    • Since we've been asked to give some sort of news on new linebacker Akin Ayodele, here goes: He had a nice pass deflection of a Tony Romo pass, using the correct technique (arm closer to the quarterback) to bust up the throw. Parcells has said Ayodele, the Irving native, is doing a nice job. We'll have more, promise.

    • Parcells mentioned the possibility of having receiver Jamaica Rector play a little cornerback. He had linebacker Ryan Fowler line up as a fullback in goal-line situations Wednesday. Remember last year Marcus Spears lined up at fullback during games as a lead blocker.

    • Mike Vanderjagt missed practice because he was sick. Parcells isn't sure if the kicker will be out there for the afternoon workout. He's missed five of his first 12 kicks. And the Cowboys' kickers combined to make 1 of 8 tries Wednesday morning with all but one kick missing to the right.

    • Guard Marco Rivera had some tape outside his pants on his right leg. He didn't miss any time.

    • Marc Colombo was working at right tackle with the first team with Jason Fabini on the No. 2 unit and Rob Petitti with the threes. Parcells said he's just rotating his candidates. OK, but Colombo has been a surprise so far.

    • A Scott Shanle hit took off Marion Barber's helmet on a run, and Shanle's not known as a big hitter.

    • After a few poor looks in the two-minute drills, Parcells barked at Tony Romo, who has thrown four picks in camp.

    Posted by Todd Archer [IMG] at 2:40 PM (E-mail this entry) | Comments (0)
  2. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    A few nuggets from today: Heard him say that no one on this roster is capable of blocking linebacker DeMarcus Ware. "I've never seen anyone like him," said Burt, who once played with a guy named Lawrence Taylor...Though you wouldn't know it by talking to Greg Ellis, Burt said of him: "He's no longer a disgruntled employee. He's got the best position on the field. He gets to go up against tight ends and running backs." :)
  3. Bob Sacamano

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    :worthy:
  4. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    When do the Vanderjagt was hungover rumors begin?
  5. Charles

    Charles Benched

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    Interesting how thing s develop.....

    Mosley and Archer were the same cats saying Al johnson pretty much nailed down the starting spot by increasing weight............His talent has never been questioned. Well know Gurode appears to have the upper hand.

    I shouldn't be surprised these are the same guys who were trumpeting a CB named Jemeel Powell...........stunk it up got cut!!!
  6. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    and it looks like Romo has cooled off, 4 picks, I would expect that from Favre, but Romo? :lmao2:
  7. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    Vanderjagt ill, or hungover ? If he only misses morning practice, i'm betting the latter.
  8. Charles

    Charles Benched

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    :lmao2: :lmao:
  9. wileedog

    wileedog Well-Known Member

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    I admit it was the first thing that came to my mind.... :p:
  10. Screw The Hall

    Screw The Hall Well-Known Member

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    I hope at the end of the day we play with one center, and don't try to situationally rotate them.

    OL cohesion is to important especially at the center position for that to be beneficial IMHO.

    What you might gain in any given one and one matchup you are sure to loose with the other lineman constantly having to adjust to how the line calls are being made.
  11. Bungarian

    Bungarian Butt Monkey

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    Very Cool
  12. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I think once the season starts, Al Johnson will be the starter at center again. Gurode should be better in practices, he's going against a 3-4 and its mostly one on one drills. Al should show better in games when the mental side is needed more and he can show his ability to block on the move.

    Anyone seen this years schedule? Every team is playing a 4-3 defense. The ones that could give Al trouble are teams like Atlanta that still use a nt in their 4-3.

    9/10 @ Jacksonville
    9/17 Washington
    10/1 @ Tennessee
    10/8 @ Philadelphia
    10/15 Houston
    10/23 NY Giants
    10/29 @ Carolina
    11/5 @ Washington
    11/12 @ Arizona
    11/19 Indianapolis
    11/23 Tampa Bay
    12/3 @ NY Giants
    12/10 New Orleans
    12/16 @ Atlanta
    12/25 Philadelphia
    12/31 Detroit
  13. kTXe

    kTXe On To The Next One

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    I read somewhere that Favre thre 5 INTs in, get this, a SINGLE AFTERNOON PRACTICE!!

    :lmao:
  14. CaptainAmerica

    CaptainAmerica Active Member

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    Not overreacting here, (remember they call it "practice" for a reason), but can someone explain to me again why we didn't we make a run at Vinateiri?
    Seriously, what was the difference in $$?

    As a Yankee fan who has witnessed first hand the Yanks signing Randy Johnson one year too late, I hope I don't see a repeat with Vanderjagt. :D

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