Carter says he's ready for QB competition 10:27 PM CDT on Friday, May 14, 2004 By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News IRVING – Quincy Carter said he's ready to compete with Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson and Tony Romo to be the Cowboys' starting quarterback. He's also ready to compete against Vinny Testaverde or any other quarterback coach Bill Parcells and general manager Jerry Jones add to the roster. Under Parcells, Carter said he knows the best players will play. Carter said his job is to prepare himself for success. So that's how he spends his days. He's doing yoga to improve his flexibility and durability. And he's already studying film of next season's divisional opponents, especially the Giants and Redskins, because they changed coaches. And he's going to have the same coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in consecutive seasons for the first time. That's why Carter – who passed for more than 3,300 yards with 17 touchdowns and 21 interceptions as Dallas advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 – said he looks forward to competing for the starting job. Carter figures he's never been more prepared to be an NFL starter. "There's always going to be competition. I understand that," Carter said Friday in his first public comments since the Cowboys traded for Drew Henson in March. "The most important thing is that my teammates expect me to be a leader, and that's what I want to do. That's why I'm working as hard as I am this off-season." Carter made his comments at the Central Public Library in downtown Dallas, where he teamed with Mayor Laura Miller and Dallas Independent School District superintendent Dr. Mike Moses, among others, to officially kick off the 2004 Mayor's Summer Reading Program. Carter read Gene Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog to a group of about 75 elementary school children. "When you come to an event like this, it puts football in perspective," Carter said. "It reminds you how important life is and how you can't get too caught up in football. "As athletes, we have to understand the effect we have on kids. If I can put one smile on a kid's face, it is important. You never know the impact you might have on a kid just by showing up and giving a few minutes of your time." Briefly: Pro Bowl guard Larry Allen, who had been the only player not participating in the club's off-season training program, has resumed workouts at the club's Valley Ranch training complex. E-mail jjtaylor@************** *********************************************** Regarding the following lines: "When you come to an event like this, it puts football in perspective," Carter said. "It reminds you how important life is and how you can't get too caught up in football. I wonder how that registers with BP... According to his NFL Films interview he believed football must be a top 1-3 priority for any true "BP" player. I believe Carter has finally learned how to say the right things thanks to his confidence in the coaching staff. In his heart I think he believes he's more talented than almost all other NFL QBs.