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Notes: Cowboys Like What They See From Rookies

Hodge Impresses
One of the biggest questions that surfaced towards the end of last Sunday's draft was just what position TCU's Stephen Hodge would play.

Live Arms
While the Cowboys drafted just one quarterback this year, there are more than a handful of draft picks who have been under center.

Not Just Rookies
While it's called a "rookie" mini-camp, there were some players out there with a little bit of experience. The NFL allows only first-year veterans to participate in the weekend's practices. For the most part, first-year vets were either on the practice squad for the majority of the season or in a team's training camp the year before.

Unfazed By Leach
Jones said he wasn't sure what to make of Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach's quotes earlier this week when he commented on the Cowboys' fourth-round selection of McGee.

Playbook Homework
Fourth-round pick Victor Butler will be taking his homework with him when he returns to college after the weekend. Butler is still in classes at Oregon State, which is on the quarter system, meaning classes won't let out until early June. Butler will have to miss some of the OTA practices but vows that he won't be behind the others.

Short Shots
Former Cowboys wide receiver and recent Hall of Fame inductee Michael Irvin made an appearance at practice on Friday. Irvin spent a few moments talking to some of the young receivers in between practice snaps . . . Irvin's reality show "4th and Long" will air on Spike TV on May 18. The show features 12 hopeful football players trying to win a roster spot with the Cowboys . . . Jerry Jones showed some quick feet during a play in the afternoon practice where he had to elude two players who went out of bounds. Jones, while on his cell phone, quickly avoided the play. "I can tell you one thing, I might not have ever gotten in front of anyone, but I could get out from in front of them," Jones said.

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