practice throwing, too. I'm going to play you a little bit at quarterback, too," which cracked Green up, knowing he was having his 5-9 leg pulled. "I saw you, we know what you can do."
Next up was Pat Watkins, the Florida State free safety who was a tad disappointed and indignant at the same time since his name was not called until the fifth round, which sure can make a young guy work hard: "Hey Pat, good to have you with us, man. We have a good opportunity here at free safety. I know our coaches have met you and did some work on you, and we think you have a good chance to play and help us on both defense and special teams."
And the guy you will be pulling for this training camp is sixth-round pick Montavious Stanley, a 313-pound ball of gregariousness. Man, he was hootin' and yellin' when he got the call from Jones, and not only blurted out a "How 'bout dem Cowboys?" over the phone but also did the same thing as Green, saying, "I'm going to work for you Coach, I swear," which again brought a smile to Jones' face.
But again, Parcells, with just his little comment, let you know what he has planned for Stanley, and maybe what his initial worries will be: "Good to have you with us, man," to which the rather talkative Stanley said, "Good to be here, Coach. I'm going to ball for you. I'm going to work hard for you, Coach."
"Well, I appreciate that," Parcells said, "and I'm going to play you at nose tackle; you know we play a 3-4 - so play you at nose tackle. In the meantime (pay attention here) I hope you been working out and are in shape."
Just remember, it was Parcells drafting starting nose tackle Jason Ferguson in the seventh round of the 1997 draft while with the Jets, and certainly he's probably trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice. Good stuff, all of it . . . . And for more from Parcells, be sure to tune into DallasCowboys.com at 4 p.m. (CDT) Friday when the head coach will address the media live for the first time since the season-ending loss to St. Louis back on New Year's Day. This would qualify as can't-miss-internet . . . .
Now then, there are some other loose ends we need to tie up. One, if you're wondering why the Cowboys would use a second-round draft choice on a tight end instead of simply re-signing Dan Campbell, then this is for you. First of all, Fasano will be cheaper. Secondly, he's younger. Fasano is 22. Campbell is 30. And the Cowboys feared Campbell was starting to break down physically after seven years in the league, requiring postseason surgery in each of the past two seasons. And, guess what? After signing with Detroit, Campbell already has torn a triceps muscle, and will be out for a few months . . . .
Looks like the Cowboys will have a press conference on Thursday in San Antonio to announce training camp returning to the Alamo City in 2007. The Cowboys are expected to train in the Alamodome again, just as they did in 2002-03 before heading out to Oxnard, Calif., the past two years. Those who enjoyed being on the West Coast for camp better get in all they can this summer . . . . Man, what bad luck for Texas defensive tackle Rodrique Wright, who probably couldn't for the life of him understand why a potential second-round pick slid all the way into the seventh. Well, after Miami selected him in the seventh round, the Dolphins broke the bad news, telling him his combine physical revealed an until-that-point undetected torn rotator cuff which will need to be immediately surgically repaired. The kid had no idea . . . .
So when looking at the Cowboys' 2006 schedule, here are some of the top draft choices they will be facing this year - or at least the teams that drafted them: No. 1 Mario Williams, No. 2 Reggie Bush, No. 3 Vince Young, No. 9 Ernie Sims, No. 10 Matt Leinart, No. 14 Brodrick Bunkley, No. 27 DeAngelo Williams, No. 28 Marcedes Lewis, No. 30 Joseph Addai and No. 32 Mathias Kiwanuka, not to mention such second-rounders as LenDale White, Sinorice Moss, Jimmy Williams, Winston Justice and Deuce Lutui . . . .
Some post-draft thoughts: The Cowboys very well might have taken Boise State offensive tackle Daryn Colledge with their 17th pick in the second round. But when Green Bay grabbed him at 15, the Cowboys dropped down four spots, got a sixth and seventh