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News: Dmn Mini Camp Report

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  1. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Friday's mini-camp report: Henson gets most of the work
    06:54 PM CDT on Friday, April 30, 2004

    By MATT MOSLEY / DallasNews.com


    IRVING – Quarterback Drew Henson took almost all the snaps during his first practice Friday. Of course, the only other quarterback in Friday’s rookie mini-camp was Brett Mitchell.

    Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones seemed pleased by what they saw from Henson, although Parcells admitted to getting Henson and Mitchell’s numbers mixed up early in the almost two-hour practice.

    The Cowboys’ eight rookies were all in attendance as well as 13 free-agent rookies who were signed over the past few days. An NFL rule doesn’t allow any veterans to participate in rookie camp, but plenty of veterans showed up to watch the practice.

    Quarterback Quincy Carter watched with great interest as Henson threw passes to the likes of Northwestern Oklahoma’s Patrick Crayton and Houston’s Brandon Middleton.

    Parcells and his coaching staff took the players through a typical training camp-type practice, which included individual and team drills.

    Here are the high and lows from Friday’s rookie camp:

    The Henson report: Drew Henson was 22-of-36 in 1-on-1 and team drills Friday. He looked sharp on middle screens and out passes, especially since he was throwing into a 10-15 mph wind. Henson had plenty of arm on deep routes, but overthrew his receivers several times. He did connect with receiver Patrick Crayton on a deep pass.

    On several crossing routes, Henson led his receivers perfectly. He lost some of the zip on the ball late in Friday’s practice.

    Catch of the day: Tight end and fifth-round pick Sean Ryan made the best catch of the day when he dove to make a fingertip grab of a Henson pass. Ryan made several tough catches, but he did let one slide through his hands.

    Brandon Middleton, a free-agent rookie receiver out of Houston, reached back across his body to haul in a pass from Mitchell. Several receivers trapped balls against their chests, but Middleton did a nice job of catching the ball away from his body.

    Who was watching practice: Carter arrived just in time to watch Henson complete a deep pass in the end zone. When Crayton made a nice grab, running back Aveion Cason (who has added 15 pounds of muscle) and receiver Zuriel Smith grabbed a roster to see who made the catch…Cornerback Terence Newman, offensive tackle Torrin Tucker, offensive tackle Javiar Collins, cornerback Jemeel Powell, cornerback Andrew Davidson and right guard Andre Gurode all watched practice from the sidelines.

    Jones is Parcells’ water boy: Second-round draft pick and running back Julius Jones retrieved cups of water for Parcells during Friday’s practice. Last season, first-round pick Terence Newman was in charge of taking care of Parcells. After the first break Friday, Jones showed nice acceleration toward the water bucket. Parcells took the cup of water without a word.

    Jones looks sharp in first workout: Jones showed his 4.38 speed on several running plays Friday. The Cowboys also worked at getting Jones the ball on middle screens. He shared time with ReShard Lee, who was on his way to making the team in training camp last season when he injured his right knee.

    Rogers and Peterman work on the right side: Second-round pick Jacob Rogers worked at right tackle and third-round pick Stephen Peterman worked at right guard. Incumbent starter Andre Gurode watched each play with interest from the sidelines.

    Quick hits: Seventh-round pick Nate Jones of Rutgers picked off Henson during the 7-on-7 drill. Jones showed nice closing speed before snagging the pass…Free-agent rookie fullback Lousaka Polite of Pittsburgh looked caught several passes out of the backfield. He was one of the best fullbacks that didn’t get drafted…Free-agent rookie receiver James Newson made a great move before catching a pass from Henson.

    E-mail mmosley@dallasnews.com


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  2. BrownSugar

    BrownSugar One Classy Lady

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    That was a great 1st day summation, LaTuna thanx for posting it!!

    BTW, your man Tuna looks stoned in that pic ;) ...
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Thanks for the notes. I didn't realize that Jones ran the 40 that fast. I really want to see Jones and Lee as our two top tailbacks. I felt real bad for Lee last year.
  4. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Yeah, ha ha. Hammered. :p
  5. Mattsdad

    Mattsdad Member Zone Supporter

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    damn.....I cant wait till camp starts!
  6. StarMan

    StarMan Well-Known Member

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    Aaahhhh! My first mini-camp fix. Thanks for posting it.
  7. BlueStar II

    BlueStar II New Member

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    Yes...thanks so very much for giving us an account of how today's first minicamp went, it's certainly appreciated.
  8. Etonicas

    Etonicas New Member

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    Good, some more mass could do him well, as long it does not slow him down too much.
  9. BlueStar II

    BlueStar II New Member

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    Now that Lee has a year under his belt, he could possibly end up being Jones backup...we'll just have to wait and see how he does in camp, but...he could turn out to be the guy who backs up Jones...who knows.
  10. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    We've got Cason 15 lbs heavier and hopefully, more durable as a result, AB adding ten pounds of muscle so perhaps a more forceful blocker, and Carter working on what Tuna in NY used to refer to as "chicken legs" (In NY it was Lucas, for some reasons skinny legs on QBs offend Bill's sensibilities).

    Even the guys who wear the dresses are coming in ready to rumble...

    eeeee..watch out!
  11. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I feel so alive now.

    Football reports are simply gravy.

    Does anyone know if Al Johnson gets to attend these since he did not play last year? Can't remember his name called.
  12. jdnalls

    jdnalls New Member

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    This is an interesting side note about Cason. Last year Cason was not considered an every down back by Parcells due to him being small, well if Cason has in fact added 15 pounds of muscle then he will be up to roughly the same size as Julius Jones currently is (Cason weighed 204 lbs last season).
  13. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    Jones is Parcells’ water boy: Second-round draft pick and running back Julius Jones retrieved cups of water for Parcells during Friday’s practice. Last season, first-round pick Terence Newman was in charge of taking care of Parcells. After the first break Friday, Jones showed nice acceleration toward the water bucket. Parcells took the cup of water without a word.



    :D
  14. jdnalls

    jdnalls New Member

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    Okay, so I'm guessing that Julius Jones has shed off even more time off of his 40 time at that combine that was clocked between 4.43 and 4.48.

    Impressive. Very, very impressive.
  15. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    Parcells automatically makes the 1st pick the H2O boy.
  16. Ken

    Ken Well-Known Member

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    Cason is a good back too.

    I guess Hambrick is out. Cason and Jones will be electric. Who is the power guy? Is it Anderson, Lee, or Bickerstaff?

    That is good to hear about Cason, I really liked him. He could be dangerous with added weight.
  17. BEASToftheEAST

    BEASToftheEAST Member

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    Yehaw. As bad as our o-line was at times last season, we can all remember a number of times when T-ham had gaping holes that he either tripped or fell into...

    Can you imagine JJones zipping through those holes, clearing the LB's and getting on the safties before they can box him in? Woooho this is gonna be fun!
  18. jdnalls

    jdnalls New Member

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    Well, Julius Jones seems to be much more of a power back than that of Cason (that is I mean he's much more capable of running inside efficiently than Cason is). As far as in who will be the power back I'm just not sure as of right now.
  19. jdnalls

    jdnalls New Member

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    And if it is true that his 40 is down to the 4.38 that it was earlier reported with those moves... Wow! You're right. This is going to be a blast to watch.

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