You learn a lot about a team once two-a-days start, so new Cowboys coach Wade Phillips should have a better grasp on his players tonight. They put on the pads for the first time, for two practices today.
There was no doubt about it, the Cowboys were ready to hit today.
"Definitely, guys were anxious, excited," said Cowboys linebacker Akin Ayodele. "We had our first actual 9-on-7 hitting drills so there was a lot of banging, and it feels good to be back in pads."
"A lot of guys are very anxious and a little itchy to you know, kind of pop each other," said Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens, "so you know, obviously from a defensive standpoint, you know, that's their mentality. They want to put their hats on someone, so we got a chance to do that, and we're going to build on that."
"It felt good for us because this is really the first time we've been able to come out and play and put last year behind us the way it ended," said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. "All of us have been waiting for this day, and it's here."
First round pick Anthony Spencer even got his NFL feet wet, showing up in time to take part in the afternoon practice.
"I'm just here to play football," Spencer said. "I'm just happy to be here. I was going through the plays, I had my play book from mini-camp, so I wasn't worried about the plays that much, so the only thing I was really missing was just being out here with the team."
--Linebacker Greg Ellis, still feeling the affects from his achilles tendon injury, did not practice in full pads today. The Cowboys plan to take it slow with him.
--First round draft pick Anthony Spencer is finally in camp to help out. He arrived this afternoon after signing a 5 year, $9 million deal. Third round pick James Marten became the last draft pick to sign today. He is expected to arrive for Friday's practice.
--First year QB Matt Baker was released.
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