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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Wade Phillips has praise for some rookies

By Calvin Watkins

We like to halt the latest story on Dez Bryant to talk about who else attended the Cowboys rookie minicamp last weekend at Valley Ranch.

Nothing against Bryant who looked fantastic, good hands, body control, speed, but there were some other players, coach Wade Phillips was praising.

Wide receiver Titus Ryan, a 6-0, 190 pounder, with a year of experience caught Phillips' eye.

"I thought he looked well, ran routes well, looks really fast," Phillips said.

Now the coaches know a thing or two about defensive players. Defensive end Lorenzo Washington, a 6-4, 291 pounder from Alabama was impressive. Phillips also liked tight end Scot Sicko, safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church, who were around the ball it seemed almost all the time, sixth-round pick Sam Young, the tackle from Notre Dame and undrafted tackle Mike Tepper.

Of course, Phillips liked Bryant and second round pick Sean Lee.

"They need to get physically better when they come back," Phillips said of all the players who attended the minicamp. "We threw a lot at them. I thought it was a real good group, very smart. A smart group overall and one of the beter ones we’ve had since I've been here as far as talent so I was pleased with some of that."

Notes: Phillips said fourth-round pick Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, the cornerback moving to safety, has to get better in the classroom. ... Lineacker Sean Lee knows three-quarters of the playbook. ... Now don't get excited, but Scott Sicko looked pretty good on long snaps. ... Kicker Connor Hughes said he's excited about the possibility to competing for the field goal job with David Buehler this summer. ... This is what Phillips had to say about inside linebacker Jason Williams, who enters his second season: "Well, I think it's his year to step up and contribute more than what he did last year. I think he's ready to do that." Williams missed the first three games with an ankle injury, was inactive for eight regular season games and both playoff games. ... In the Cowboys last four drafts under Phillips, they've drafted 17 defensive players, 13 offensive and two specialists.