20 questions: What rookie free agents can make the team? 05:16 PM CDT on Friday, July 16, 2004 By MATT MOSLEY / DallasNews.com When Cowboys coach Bill Parcells says he's going on vacation, he means it. He's done everything but board the windows at Valley Ranch since last month's minicamp. But with training camp just around the corner, fans are hungry for Cowboys news. And that's why we'll address a different topic every day until the first practice July 31 in Oxnard, Calif. Which rookie free agents have the best chance of making the team? Some teams bring in rookie free agents as glorified blocking dummies. But Bill Parcells seems to hit on at least two or three guys every year. One reason free agents have a good chance under Parcells is because he's not beholden to his draft picks. Where a player went in the draft or how much money he makes doesn't figure into Parcells' decision-making process. Players who have done their homework know this about Parcells. Fullback Lousaka Polite, who collected a relatively large signing bonus ($20,000), had other offers. But he knew Parcells' reputation. Of the free-agent rookies on the roster, Polite probably has the best chance of making the team. Receivers Terrance Copper, James Newson, Brandon Middleton all have outside shots at making the team. One of the most intriguing players may be former Arkansas special teams standout Tom Crowder. He's working at safety. With his speed and knack for blocking kicks, Crowder might have an outside shot at making the team. When Parcells hits on a free agent, he considers it getting a player for free. And it wouldn't be surprising to see him get at least three free players this season. E-mail email@example.com 20 Questions: 16. What rookie free agents can make the team? 17. What will happen at fullback? 18. How many QB's can one team have? 19. Who's next at safety? 20. Could the Cowboys finally have a viable pass rush? ____________________________________________ Matt's Mail Call 7/15: Do you think Parcells regrets letting Dantzler go? 02:50 PM CDT on Thursday, July 15, 2004 Matt Mosley Archive E-mail Bio Q: Do you think Bill Parcells regrets having let go of Woody Dantzler last season? With all the talk of who will return kicks, it seems like Dantzler had a knack for it. Water under the bridge now, but I was just wondering if there had ever been any word of wishing they had a do-over on that one. Adam Nichols Mosley: Good question, Adam. I really think Parcells wanted to keep Dantzler. He just couldn't figure out the best way to use him. I do think that Patrick Crayton (rookie from DeSoto, Texas) has a chance to be a similar player. Woody just had trouble fielding punts. And Parcells isn't going to put up with that no matter how much he likes a kid personally. So I don't think he's having second thoughts, but I do think he had great admiration for Dantzler, who's on the Falcons' roster. Matt Mosley answers your questions about the Cowboys each week. E-mail him here: firstname.lastname@example.org.