News: Mosley: Notebook: Cowboys ready to scrimmage

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  1. LaTunaNostra

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    Notebook: Cowboys ready to scrimmage

    10:50 PM CDT on Friday, August 6, 2004

    By MATT MOSLEY / **************

    OXNARD, Calif. – After six days of intense practices, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells backed off Friday. The team worked out in shorts and pads during both practices in preparation for today's 2 p.m. scrimmage.

    Parcells said he would double the 44-play "standup" scrimmage (no tackling) that he conducted Tuesday.

    "I don't believe in going to the ground," Parcells said. "There are too many other people that are going to take us to the ground."

    Parcells values intrasquad scrimmages because they allow him complete control over his players' repetitions. During Tuesday's scrimmage, he shouted instructions such as "third-and-8 from the 35-yard line."

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    Parcells said the controlled scrimmages are particularly helpful for quarterbacks.

    "If I want them to get 36 [repetitions], they get 36," he said. "When you go to a game and scrimmage somebody, you don't get what you want. You don't know what you are going to do."

    Testaverde's incentives: Now that Vinny Testaverde is the starting quarterback, he will have the chance to cash in on a number of incentives, largely based on playing time, in his one-year contract.

    Testaverde was scheduled to earn $1.1 million this season, and he can earn another $4.4 million in incentives. If Testaverde reaches certain playing-time levels and the Cowboys win eight or more games, he can earn an extra $3 million.

    Holder wanted: Bill Parcells is in search of a holder. Last year's holder, Toby Gowin, is gone, and new punter Mat McBriar has struggled to learn the job.

    McBriar said he has no trouble catching the snap, but his timing is off in setting the ball. Kicker Jonathan Ruffin is not getting any elevation on his kicks, and starting kicker Billy Cundiff is missing relatively short kicks.

    Briefly: Offensive tackle Kurt Vollers landed a right punch upside defensive end Ryan Wingrove's helmet during a brief skirmish Friday morning. ... Quarterbacks coach Sean Payton and quarterback Tony Romo exchanged high fives after Romo hit receiver Randal Williams on a 25-yard pass just in front of the safety.

    Staff Writer Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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  2. Big D

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    damn! I was planning on not going today .. but now it seems as though i have to!
  3. cowboyfan4life_mark

    cowboyfan4life_mark 5 outta 8 ain't bad

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    Not that the coach and player high-fived, but that Randal actually caught a pass in this camp. :D

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