What's The Scoop:
Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips never expected to find a new secondary as qualified as Dave Campo in the off-season.
You Should've Seen:
Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff is known for being one of the feistier players in practice, and it showed during pass rush drills. Ratliff was lined up against guard Leonard Davis, but Davis false started, and Ratliff didn't want to lose his rep, yelling, "Run that back! Run that back!" On his second try, the two Cowboys went as hard as they could at each other, apparently not to the satisfaction of Ratliff, who wanted yet another go. But at that point, the coaches stepped in to let some of the younger players have a chance.
Jason Witten. The Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end dropped maybe one pass all day, and has had a slew of spectacular grabs, most notably an over-the-shoulder catch down the middle of the field while covered by linebacker Justin Rogers and safety Pat Watkins. It's the same exact catch he made to beat Detroit in the final minutes last season.
Mike Jenkins. It's not his fault he falls into this category, but after arriving late to practice after contract negotiations finally ended, Jenkins did not participate in any team or one-on-one drills. Instead, he stood by Campo and watch last year's seventh-round pick Alan Ball took reps with the first team as the nickel corner.
Returned to Practice:
RB Felix Jones (contract negotiations)
CB Mike Jenkins (contract negotiations)
WR Terry Glenn, waived (7/25)
QB Jeff Terrell, signed (7/25)
LB Khari Long, waived (7/24)
Wade Phillips: "I do have some things going for me experience-wise, so they think I know what I'm doing anyway, with 25 years experience, or whatever it is."
Cowboys PR Director Rich Dalrymple: "31."
Phillips: "I know."