Wednesday, August 5, 2009
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
- This would be one pricey pizza if true.
- Marc Colombo and Jay Ratliff got into a fight Tuesday: "The more you get into it [training camp], the edgier you get and things happen," coach Wade Phillips said. "But the players are fine. It's things that happen in football."
- David Moore has more on the scuffle.
- Dallas Morning News beat reporters compile a list of camp notes thus far.
- According to Charean Williams, there are some confident cornerbacks here in Dallas: "I feel like I can be real good," Mike Jenkins said. "I feel like I can be one of the top corners out there. I've always had that confidence in myself. I've never downplayed myself. I can go out there and get beat by 300 yards, and I'm going to come back and say the same thing next week. That's my mentality."
- Quarterback conditioning is quite essential: "At all positions you've got to be great with your lower body, and the quarterback is no different," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said.
- Jean-Jacques Taylor thinks this defense will prosper with Phillips at the helm: "Now we don't have to ask someone what Wade thinks about us doing things a certain way or making a change in the defense. We can just ask him," Bradie James said. "It's his defense. The middle man is gone. I've learned so much since he took over the defense."
- Roy Williams doesn't feel too much pressure to replace Terrell Owens.
- Receivers coach Ray Sherman sees Patrick Crayton as the big No. 2 receiver: "Patrick is the guy right now," Sherman said. "Patrick is having a very good camp, and I think the guys are really in tune. They don't care about who starts. The only thing we want to do is be productive and help this team get to where we want to go, and that's basically where the focus is now."
- And Sam Hurd is challenging Miles Austin for that next receiver spot: "I'm sure they feel like, if they're as good as they can be, then they'll get the playing time," Wade Phillips said. "I think that's a healthy way to compete."
- Jeremy Maclin is now having to play catch up to the rest of the team: "It'll be my responsibility to get him ready," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "We have the best receiving coach in the league (David Culley), and he takes his responsibility seriously as well. Some guys (who are contract holdouts) fit right in. Some players, it may take two to three years for them to become great."
- Eagletarian reports that missing camp isn't something Maclin really wanted to do: "It's been a little hard," Maclin said. "Obviously, I am a competitive guy and I want to be out here playing, but it is what it is and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has in store."
- What's been the history of rookie holdouts?
- Asante Samuel is glad to be back: ''I'm happy to be out there,'' Samuel said. ''Just keep getting better. That's what we're here for, to keep getting better and have that communication down with your teammates.''
- NFL officials visited the Eagles to refresh them on some rules.
- Antonio Pierce is not sorry about the way he reacted: "I am not sorry for how I acted that night," Pierce said Tuesday in his first comments since he faced a grand jury last week. "I'm not sorry for how I responded. I am sorry for putting myself in position that I had to respond the way I had to respond. There's a lot of lessons I learned from this. I've taken them to heart. I've taken them seriously."
- Ralph Vacchiano has more from Pierce about actual play on the field: "Like every year, I always come up with ways to push myself and ways to push my teammates," Pierce said. "And with everything that happened last year with the negative play in the playoff game and things that were said about me, I'm looking forward to looking those doubters in the eyes again and, like I always say, shut them up."
- The Giants have Antonio Pierce's back, Jay Greenberg reports.
- In other news, Eli Manning doesn't want to throw as many interceptions this season ... or in training camp.
- Mike Garafolo says the secondary has definitely stood out at training camp so far: "We've always tried to be aggressive with the secondary," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We do play a lot of press (coverage), so we've got to teach that because we're bringing the safeties down a lot. It's been a good start."
- Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher has some words of wisdom for Plaxico Burress: "Whether you like it or not, you are a role model," he said. "People look up to you, kids look up to you. You have to accept that responsibility. When you make a choice, you better understand the responsibility that goes with it."
- Jeremy Jarmon chose training camp rather than improving his French skills.
- Ryan O'Halloran reports that Jarmon is now studying hard to catch up: "I don't know how he's doing it," safety Chris Horton said. "I definitely see him upstairs [at Redskin Park] when everybody else is on break and he has his playbook open. He's doing things well out there, and if he continues to work he'll be good for us."
- Renaldo Wynn is now on the kickoff team: "It's not new for me because I played on kickoff return the past couple of years," Wynn said. "Before that, I hadn't played on teams since my rookie year [with Jacksonville in 1997]."
- David Elfin caught up with former Redskin Bruce Smith.
- It's already been a rough start for some linemen.