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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Senior Bowl notes: WR bonds with Bryant

By Calvin Watkins

MOBILE, Ala. -- Texas wide receiver and Dallas native Mike Davis has been pretty impressive during practices here at the Senior Bowl.

Davis credits Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for the reason. The two work out at Bryant's adviser's house, David Wells, during the offseason whether it's running routes, learning how to catch the ball better and just staying in shape.

The Cowboys, along with the Detroit Lions, are just some of the teams that have spoken to Davis, who finished his career at Texas fourth all time in catches (200), fourth in yards (2,753) and fifth in touchdowns (18).

"He's like my big brother," Davis said after Tuesday's practice. "Dez Bryant and I talked a lot. Knowing him four or five years, he was taken me under his wing, him and David Wells. I used to go over and talk to Dez and run routes with him a lot."

Following Tuesday's practice, Davis worked out with the quarterbacks to not only work on route running, something he wants to perfect, but on helping the quarterbacks improve.

"I'm not a cocky dude, but I can run routes with the best of them and I can go deep and when it's time," Davis said.

Windy conditions for quarterbacks: The second day of Senior Bowl practices was conducted in some stiff winds. It was a challenge for quarterbacks such as Fresno State's Derek Carr, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and Miami's Stephen Morris to show their arm strength. Clemson's Tajh Boyd had a few passes sail on him in the wind. "It's similar to Eastern Illinois," Garoppolo said. "Non-stop winds in the middle of nowhere. I just came out here and did what I normally do."

Garrett talks about Wes Phillips: With Wes Phillips leaving the Cowboys to join the Washington Redskins' staff as tight ends coach, it left a void in the coaching staff. Not only does Jason Garrett lose a position coach, but someone he respects. "I'm really happy for Wes," Garrett said. "It's a great opportunity for him. He's done a great job for us and he's a good friend and he's been a really good coach for a long time and [I'm] excited for this opportunity. But we do want to get that position filled relatively quickly."

Notes: Georgia Tech's Jemea Thomas is someone to look at in the coming months. He can play both safety spots and has good ball skills. ... Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin and defensive end Michael Sam have been pretty impressive. The Senior Bowl coaches have lined Sam up at defensive end and outside linebacker. ... Virginia defensive end Brent Urban, with his 80 3/4 wingspan, is doing some good things in the pass rush along with Dee Ford, a defensive end from Auburn. ... Seen watching the practices together: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett with his agent, David Dunn, and former Cowboys assistant coaches Rob Ryan and Joe DeCamillis.