Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The city of Irving isn't surprised that it was not included in the lawsuit filed by those injured in the collapse of the Cowboys' practice facility: "This is evidence that what we stated all along was true -- that our policies and procedures are sound and that we had no involvement in this accident," mayor Herbert Gears said. Undrafted rookie receiver Kevin Ogletree sure is capturing some attention: "We've been pleased with Kevin," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "I don't want to say surprised, but we were pleased with the progress he made early on. He picked things up very quickly." Jeff Caplan of the Star-Telegram has more on the dreams of the undrafted: "This is my dream," Ogletree, who's trying to secure the fifth receiver spot, said. "I want to play in the NFL for a long time. I'm going to do everything possible to make this team." Without an indoor practice facility, these August practices are a bit warm: "I thought they pushed through it good, and today we had a good practice again, so I think we're getting accustomed to it and adjusted to it," Wade Phillips said of his team's practice on Wednesday. DeMarcus Ware seeks to cause a few more problems for opposing offenses this season: "The main thing for me is takeaways," Ware said. "Takeaways for me, takeaways for the defense, because the great defenses have a lot of takeaways, and they're giving their offense back the ball."
John Smallwood is ready to see what Michael Vick can do. But another columnist thinks Vick's actions away from the game will be the more important ones. Paul Domowitch of the Daily News would like to see Jon Runyan back with the Eagles if Shawn Andrews is out longer. Don't be shocked to see some Eagles jerseys in Atlanta: "Even though he's a third-string quarterback, he's Michael Vick," Dwayne Clarke, manager of the Champs Sports store at The Mall at Stonecrest, said. Running back LeSean McCoy has no problem studying under Brian Westbrook: ''If I'm going to model my game after somebody, I don't mind modeling my game after his,'' McCoy said.
Eli Manning has some words of wisdom for new Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez: "The hardest thing about it is learning the game," Manning said. "It takes time. The media is going to play a role because if you play well, they will promote you and say you are the greatest. If you don't play real well, then you will be the worst. It is about believing in yourself and listening to your coaches and earning the confidence and respect of your teammates. That is what you kind of have to learn." Chris Canty had to give up some blood for a new treatment for his torn hamstring: "You can maybe feel all right walking but you don't play football walking," Canty said. "You have to run. You have to be able to spring. You have to able to do athletic movements. That's the real test." Michael Boley doesn't think he will be on the PUP list much longer: "I think I'm getting real close, closer every day," Boley said. Ralph Vacchiano has some home movies.
DeAngelo Hall is more motivated than he's ever been: "I feel like I'm still one of the best in the game," Hall said. "But I know I have to go out and prove it. I feel like I did slack a little bit last year. I got a little bit lazy." Jason Reid says it's all about the third downs: "You're always concerned when they convert third and long. We talked about it," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "It's a matter of doing what you're supposed to do with some passion and doing what you're supposed to do with some consistency. And we didn't do it." Dan Steinberg gets the inside scoop on offensive assistant Chris Meidt, including his respect for Doug Flutie: "Flutie was kind of the rage at the time, so he was kind of my guy," Meidt said. "I'd say, 'There's another little guy out there getting it done.' And that was kind of the comparison all the time." Quarterback Jason Campbell would like his team to score some touchdowns: "You definitely want to come out and play hard because we're going against one of the premier teams in the NFL and it's a great test to see what we can do," Campbell said. It's a battle for the backup offensive linemen.