Mosley's Observation Deck

July, 30, 2008
7/30/08
7:32
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

OXNARD, Calif. -- Moments ago, Boston College alum and Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo came walking past the media tent wearing an XXL Boston Red Sox T-shirt. When I informed him that Tigers catcher Pudge Rodriguez had been traded to the Yankees, he stopped and let out a loud expletive.

Apparently he wasn't pleased with the trade.

Now, here are some quick observations from today's proceedings at River Ridge Fields at the Residence Inn, where linebacker Bobby Carpenter has been strutting around the property in a towel the last three days.

  • The Cowboys started installing their zone-blitzes and blitz pickups this morning. Rookie running back Felix Jones was expected to struggle, but he's actually shown a lot of power in holding off defenders.
  • Defensive end DeMarcus Ware got dinged in the head and sat out the last two plays of the morning practice. He appears to be fine and I can see him going through the special teams practice as we speak. I sort of feel bad for fans who drove down for camp today because nothing of interest is really going on in the afternoon practice.
  • Second-year safety Courtney Brown had a strong morning practice. Brown and cornerback Alan Ball, both seventh-rounders last year, have made tremendous strides. Ball suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday's first practice and isn't out there this afternoon. Phillips also talked about rookie cornerback Orlando Scandrick's strong ball skills, although he kept referring to him as "Scanlon."
  • Phillips said he's been amazed at the athleticism of right guard Leonard Davis. Offensive line coach Hudson Houck wants Davis to pull more this season because he covers so much ground.
  • Nose tackle Jay Ratliff and defensive end Marcus Spears have switched positions for a couple of days. Phillips wants to take advantage of Ratliff's speed and he thinks Spears could do an excellent job of anchoring in the middle of the line. The presence of Tank Johnson in the middle has given Phillips the freedom to try this move. He said the switch wasn't permanent.
  • Phillips said the "Hard Knocks" crew from NFL Films had not been all that intrusive, "except when you go to the bathroom." He's already had one moment on the field where he asked the cameramen to let him talk to his team alone.

"I think I'd like to watch it," he said. "It's a lot of characters with character."

Officially, he's now used that line four times since the beginning of camp.

  • Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk just went 5-for-5 on field goals.
  • According to Michael Irvin of ESPN 103.3 FM, former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter will be trying out for the Miami Dolphins in the morning. I'll see if I can follow up on that. I was right here in Oxnard four years ago when Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones made the announcement that Carter had been released.

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