posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 05:48 PM
I'm looking forward to the NFL season, I think Parcells will get the Cowboys back to the playoffs and should have a good season.
Cowboys Training Camp Report
Aug. 14: Houston
Aug. 21: at Oakland
Aug. 30: Tennessee
Sep. 2: Kansas City
Most significant change:
The addition of wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson reunites the player with former coach Bill Parcells, under whom Johnson
had his best seasons in New York, and gives the offense a dependable blocker and third-down target. Yet the drafting of running back Julius Jones and
late signing of Eddie George are the biggest impact moves on an offense that averaged 18 points per game.
Reason for optimism:
It's the second season under Parcells, and the coach has never failed to improve by at least three wins in his second year
with three other teams. That might be unrealistic, but the team has addressed problem areas at quarterback, running back, offensive line and defensive
Cause for concern:
Cornerback Pete Hunter, who struggled at times last year, is the leading candidate to start opposite Terence Newman without
much experience in reserve. The offensive line, a trouble spot down the stretch, also could be breaking in as many as three new starters, including
potentially two (center Al Johnson and right tackle Jacob Rogers) who have never taken an NFL snap.
Training-camp battle to watch:
The Quincy Carter-Vinny Testaverde battle might get more press, but there are more true battles elsewhere. The
right corner competition among Hunter, Donald Mitchell (the favorite for the nickel back spot) and a cast of unknowns could be telling. The right
tackle job is up in the air, and a punter must be found, too.
Don't be surprised if ...
Tight end Jason Witten emerges as a primary target. Witten caught Parcells' eye down the stretch in 2003, and the
coach will lighten Witten's blocking load with Dan Campbell and rookie Sean Ryan handling most of the grunt work. The team is encouraged by Witten's
extra work this offseason and has high hopes for his progress.