Tibdits from Dallas-Denver workout


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Here are some general notes from the Broncos and Cowboys workout today:

  • The Broncos defensive line was handled pretty easily by the Dallas offensive line. Denver needs its defensive line to rise to the occasion, but the ends are having problem getting a pass rush established. Jarvis Moss, the team's first-round pick last year, is struggling to do anything. Second-rounder Tim Crowder has regressed some during this camp after playing well as a rookie.

Denver's offense did well against Dallas' secondary. Jay Cutler looks like he is ready for a breakout year.

  • Cutler spent time with Dallas quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. The two are both diabetics.

"I talked with him before practice, and he has dealt with it for a long time," Cutler said of Wilson. "He said it was manageable, just like I have been doing for the last four or five months. He went through his career with it, and I don't see any reason why I can't."

  • Denver all-time leading receiver Rod Smith, who retired three weeks ago, visited the practice. He is expected to be a presence around the team through the season.

  • Dallas coach Wade Phillips roamed the practice field he used to run. Phillips was fired as Denver's head coach after the 1994 season. He was replaced by Mike Shanahan.