NFC East: 2011 NFL combine

Newton defeats Mallet in news conference?

February, 26, 2011
From all of the accounts I'm reading, apparently Auburn's Cam Newton was much more impressive during his media session Saturday than Arkansas' Ryan Mallett. Both players have been under a lot of scrutiny because of off-the-field issues, but Newton was a little more nimble on the podium.

Mallett was given the opportunity to address some of the rumors that have swirled regarding his character, but he opted to save those explanations for NFL teams. That's certainly understandable, but Mallett didn't need to come across as defensive. He really had a lot to gain by being personable and somewhat transparent at the mic. From what I can tell, that's not what took place.

I'll be in touch with Dallas Cowboys officials this evening to figure out how their interview session went with Newton. There's a belief that Dallas is simply trying to create the appearance it might take Newton so the No. 9 overall pick becomes more attractive to other teams. But I don't think Newton will ever make it that far.

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant 'getting better'

February, 24, 2011
According to's Calvin Watkins, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said wide receiver Dez Bryant has started running during his rehab after suffering a fractured right ankle last season.

"Dez has made progress," Garrett said Thursday from Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NFL scouting combine.

It will be another 4-6 weeks before Bryant, who suffered his season-ending injury on Dec. 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, can start running fully.

"He's going through his rehab, and it's been a positive experience for him," Garrett said. "We have great people at the Cowboys who take him through that stuff and he's getting better."