Matt Mosley covers the recently completed 3-day mini-camp in this article at the DMN. There were a few tidbits that I hadn't heard anywhere else, including some off the field happenings like this:
Carpenter and Ware must've been scheming about meeting at the QB next year.
Although he wasn't in this camp, Marc Colombo is getting rave reviews during the off-season program. He'll be competing for a backup offensive tackle spot. Even last season, some coaches were calling him the toughest player on the offensive line. ...
Cornerback Marcus King (Missouri) was only brought in for a weekend tryout, but he may be one of the players sticking around. He made some outstanding plays in Big 12 games and made several nice plays during the camp. ...
The team approached its "need" positions this offseason, other than placekicker, wanting to double up at those spots by adding both a veteran and a rookie. For the most part, it got that done. Terrell Owens was a huge upgrade at wide receiver, and fourth-rounder Skyler Green should compete for the No. 4 WR job. At linebacker, the team signed veterans Akin Ayodele and Rocky Boiman and drafted first-rounder Bobby Carpenter. At free safety, the Cowboys added former Texan Marcus Coleman before the draft and snagged sleeper Pat Watkins in Round Five. But what about the offensive line? They added veterans Kyle Kosier, ostensibly to replace Larry Allen at left guard, and Jason Fabini, who'll challenge Rob Petitti at right tackle, but the Cowboys' only OL draft picks were seventh-round projects Pat McQuistan and E.J. Whitley, neither of whom is expected to contribute in '06. It's possible the team could add another free agent before training camp, but there are few big names left.
From the DMN some offseason schedule news:
Second-rounder Anthony Fasano said he will return May 15 but leave for his graduation ceremony at Notre Dame on May 21.
The rookies will be joined by the rest of the team for a full minicamp June 2-4. Training camp begins July 27.
The quest for one last piece of glory, to leave behind an even greater legacy, continues for Bill Parcells. From the DFW S-T:
It happens to the best of coaches. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is 1-4 in the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl in '97 and '98. Mike Holmgren needed seven seasons in Seattle before he reached the Super Bowl. Colts coach Tony Dungy has yet to reach one.
Jones admitted that Parcells feels the restlessness, too, to return to the level that made him a coaching icon, or at least close to it.
"Yes. Yes. Yes," Jones said. "I know that he's very disappointed. He wanted, thought, we had a better chance to have a better year last year.... There is a resolve. You don't have to worry about him. What you see is what you get with him."