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35AT12/19 - Final
J.T. Lion could help Cowboys with interceptions
POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 3:49pm
SAN ANTONIO --- John Tyler High School can now be proud a lion is on the Cowboys team. Teddy Williams signed on with the team Thursday. It's his first time on the football field in four years. He's an All-American sprinter with UTSA. He says training with the Cowboys is a dream come true.
"I mean if you're in Texas you have to grow up a Cowboys fan. Me being a hundred miles down the road in Tyler, that's all I could do is be a Cowboys fan. So this is truly a blessing. I'm loving it," Willaims said.
Williams spent some time talking with Terrence Newman. Another Cornerback says those types of talks helped him have a great rookie season. Mike Jenkins says he's thankful to former player Pacman Jones for the advice and encouragment. Jenkins says it helped him focus last season.
The Pro-bowler is now taking aim at another goal: pass blocking. One of the Cowboys weaknesses last year; interceptions. They have some of the lowest stats in the league. Jenkins says that's one of his big goals this season. He wants to double the number of interceptions. 22 is the number he's aiming for.
"Just playing with a lot of confidence and we know what we need to do. We got our hands on a lot of balls last season that we jumped. We should have caught I mean. We're doing a whole lot of ball drills this year, hopefully we can capitalize on that."
Coach Wade Phillips is expecting a lot of improvements from Jenkins. He says he's confident the 2nd year will come through, "He's a very coachable guy. One thing, some are more coachable than others. He listens to what you say. He works on what you tell him to work on and he gets better."