Jason Witten is considered one of the top tight ends in the NFL, having been to the Pro-Bowl in three of his first four years. Yet, when former Cowboys great Jay Novacek stopped by training camp to offer a few pointers, Witten was all ears.
"He was so successful in the this system," Witten said of Novacek, "so I was able to pick his brain on some of the things he was able to do to be successful, so anytime you've got a chance to pick somebody like that's brain, I mean I had to take advantage of it."
"It's flattering to me that he does ask me my opinion on something," Novacek said.
New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is installing an offense similar to what Novacek and Troy Aikman thrived in, moving the tight end around a little more to create mismatches, which is yet another reason for Witten to listen to what the five-time Pro-Bowler has to say.
"There's so many different ways to accomplish the same thing," Novacek explaining why he is so eager to help Witten, "and it's just basically the problems I had against certain players and I usually figured it out after I retired, and I was like, I wish I would have done that back then."
- Left tackle Flozell Adams returned to practice for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery this summer. Line coach Tony Sparano says Adams had "nine or 10 quality reps" and seemed comfortable moving around. Coach Wade Phillips liked the fact that when he asked Adams how he felt, the lineman was criticizing his footwork.
- An MRI showed no serious damage to wide receiver Terry Glenn's injured knee. Cornerback Aaron Glenn also sat out.
- The afternoon practice was an easy one with a focus on special teams. With no workout until Tuesday afternoon, it's as close to having 24 hours off as the team is going to get for a while.
- Linebacker Greg Ellis isn't relenting in his contract demands. He feels he is due compensation for changing positions last year. He also says he is disappointed seeing the team spend its top pick this year on his eventual replacement.