Word out of Big D is that receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who was traded to the Cowboys after getting sent home in November by the Bucs last season, isn't looking very good in offseason drills. In the opinion of one league source, Johnson appears to be "living off of his hype."
It remains to be seen whether and to what extent coach Bill Parcells will tolerate Johnson if he doesn't step it up. Their history together, including several successful seasons in New York, suggests to us that the Tuna will be patient -- at least until the regular season starts. And Johnson's spot in the starting lineup is by no means etched in stone, given that holdovers Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant are looking sharp to date.
Of course, reports that Bryant and coach Bill Parcells got into an altercation at practice on Tuesday won't do much to elevate Bryant's status on the team. The Dallas Morning News openly speculates that the incident could get Bryant released from the team.
We're also hearing that quarterback Vinny Testaverde has looked great in his short time with the team, and that his presence apparently has prompted incumbent starter Quincy Carter to step it up.
The 'Boys will need a solid passing game to create running lanes for rookie Julius Jones, who currently is perched atop the depth chart in the backfield.
I doubt Bryant would get released, yet Parcells is old school..