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Here are some notes on the morning's practice. Not being there myself is really bugging me. And seeing the reports coming in I can understand what you guys were going through with the mainstream media. But they seem to be writing a little more about actual plays in practice instead of Terrell's bike training and Parcells' reaction to it.

Nick Eatman:

A couple of offensive players came up with one-handed grabs during Tuesday's morning session. Tight end Jason Witten beat safety Keith Davis deep on a post and stretched his right arm out to tip the pass to himself for the catch. A few plays later in 7-on-7, fullback Lousaka Polite reached up with his right arm to snatch a Tony Romo pass near the sideline for a big gain.

You Should've Seen:
Some big-time hitting broke out Tuesday morning in what was supposed to be a light-contact practice. In a goal-line drill near the end of practice, Drew Bledsoe lofted a pass right into the hands of rookie tight end Anthony Fasano, who appeared to come down with a touchdown grab. But just as his feet hit the ground, safety Roy Williams blasted the rookie, jarring the ball loose. While Fasano was slow to get up, a few of his offensive teammates were quick to run to the end zone with a few words for Williams. Bledsoe and Marco Rivera had something to say, as did defensive tackle Jason Ferguson, who was quick to defend Williams' hit.

Sounds like the defense is getting a little attitude about it. Things are getting chippy at camp again, this might be a good thing.


Who's Hot:
Abram Elam is starting to put himself in serious contention to make the 53-man roster. The first-year safety from Kent State not only led the team in tackles Saturday night with seven stops, but he's also running with the first-team kickoff return group alongside Skyler Green. Elam had another solid practice Tuesday morning, picking off a pass in team drills, stripping the ball from running back Julius Jones on another play and then deflecting a pass near the goal line in a 7-on-7 drill.

Ah yes, my main man Elam getting it done. He's looking more and more like a surprise of camp, along with Sam Hurd, who actually makes the 53-man roster

Who's Not:
Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams has made huge strides in recovering from last year's season-ending knee injury. The Cowboys moved Adams to the third-team offense just for the morning practice. Parcells said Adams' knee was a little sore, so he wanted to give his left tackle less reps. Adams, who started last Saturday's game with the Seahawks, could be back with the first unit again for the afternoon practice.

Hat tip to Deke for posting the Elam notes in the comments.

Matt Mosley:

About a week ago, receiver Jamaica Rector appeared to hit a wall. He was somewhat sluggish and wasn't making the plays he made early in camp. Now, it appears Rector's found his legs again. He snagged a pass across the middle from Romo this morning. He also showed off his athletic ability in making some tough catches on the sideline in Saturday's preseason game.

Drew Henson did not take a single turn in team, 7-on-7 and red zone drills today. Parcells said he wanted to take a look at rookie quarterback Matt Baker. What did he see?

"He seems to be catching on pretty good," Parcells said of Baker.

OK, let's begin our rapid-fire session: DE Marcus Spears had a pretty strong morning practice. After he beat Colombo on one play, Parcells shouted, "Welcome to camp, Spears!"...Offensive line coach Tony Sparano worked over RT Marc Colombo after DE Kenyon Coleman beat him in 1-on-1 drills. "You made the punch, but you can't let your feet die." Parcells said Colombo's play the other night was "passable."...C Al Johnson dominated NT Thomas Johnson during 1-on-1 drills and Cory Procter continued to play well at left guard...Not sure if J.R. Tolver is long for this team. Just dropping way too many passes