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  • Jerry Jones took a lot of risks with several of his roster moves following Jimmy Johnson's departure from Dallas. But Bill Parcells is quickly showing he's not gun shy about gambling on a couple players who raise red flags around the NFL. The difference? Parcells is a little more calculating with his decisions and carries a stinging motivational whip. The ' addition of wide receiver certainly appears odd considering how Parcells felt about him during their days in New England. Glenn posted solid numbers last season in Green Bay, but he was upstaged by as the difference maker on the . Glenn was also plagued by injuries last season and isn't known as a tough receiver. But let's take a look at what Glenn does bring to the . What Glenn does is improve the athleticism in their passing game. Opponents will have their hands full trying to match up against both Glenn and fellow Ohio State alumnus . If they can now push the ball downfield to these guys, Dallas should have the ability to make some plays through the air. Now it's critical for to evolve into a consistent complement behind Glenn and Galloway. This move gives the more comfortable depth at wide receiver and allows Bryant to develop without the pressure of starting. But Bryant remains a key factor in the ' success. He must establish himself as a consistent physical presence, especially over the middle of the field. That element can't be missing from Bill Parcells' offense. Galloway and Glenn are uncharacteristic of what Parcells values in a receiver, and that's what makes Bryant so critical heading into his second season. Now on the other hand, Bryant will be under Parcells' radar. Bryant's arrogant attitude is another reason this trade was made. You can bet Parcells will not tolerate Bryant's immature antics. Bryant will have to back up his mouth with his play on the field. If that doesn't happen, Bryant will quickly be on the outside looking in. In other ' news, left tackle returns with an awfully large signing bonus for such an inconsistent blocker. But Parcells didn't want to start over at left tackle with so many other needs to address. This is where Parcells' ego really comes into play. There's no question a team can't succeed with a left tackle lacking mental toughness. And that exactly describes Adams. But Parcells feels he can motivate Adams to fulfill his talent. The sure have to hope so. They need time to get the ball in the hands of their athletes downfield.

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    sign former Houston linebacker : This was a solid move by Buffalo. Posey gives the more versatility on the strong side than provided. Posey provides the with a little more pass rush with his upfield quickness, which they didn't get from Newman. The should have the ability to generate more than the 31 sacks they put together last season. Look for the to continue upgrading their production at linebacker as they look to replace on the weak side with a better athlete. They'll make a big push for Indianapolis' . snag Harris from : gives Green Bay another physical cornerback to pair with . Harris will likely replace as the ' number two corner. He was a solid nickel corner in Philadelphia behind and for a few years. Harris is a very aggressive defender who has a knack for making a lot of plays on the ball, but he gambles too often and lacks the speed to make up for it. Harris also has a tendency to commit too many penalties. A new Canidate in Washington: Steve Spurrier loves speed, and that's what he obtained when the acquired running back from St. Louis. This move gives Spurrier some options. Canidate will compete with for the starting running back job in Washington. The loser will likely see a lot of time returning kicks. will likely remain a contributor in passing situations. Canidate has excellent speed and can break some big runs, but he's not very tough and struggles with consistency — especially in the passing game. He also has a problem with fumbles, which placed him in the doghouse of St. Louis coach Mike Martz. The hope a change of scenery helps Canidate in Washington. unearth former Denver defensive tackle : had some moments as a backup in Denver but never was a comfortable fit with a ' scheme that has been built around size up front. Reagor was a disruptive defensive end during his college days at Texas Tech but didn't project very high as a NFL prospect due to his smallish size. The , however, feel Reagor could blossom in their system. It's certainly a high-price risk, but the logic is there. Reagor lacks natural size but has good quickness and possesses a tenacious motor. He has the ability to hit gaps aggressively and make plays in the backfield. That's what the ' scheme allows Reagor to do. This makes Reagor an interesting fit. Tony Dungy hopes Reagor can become a nuisance to opposing blockers along with inside. While this new duo has the ability to make things happen, they'll remain vulnerable against power ground games. still have hopes for Cochran: Seattle made critical moves by re-signing productive linebacker and defensive end . Cochran's signing certainly raises some eyebrows and perhaps admits that better coaching can take Cochran's game to a new level. Cochran had a lot of raw potential as a pass rusher coming out of college but never quite developed as planned with Seattle. After limited exposure at the major college level compared to most prospects, it was expected that Cochran would be a long-term project. He spent a few pro seasons playing out of position inside before moving to the perimeter last season. Cochran has the upfield tools to evolve into a productive pass rusher. The hope is that Ray Rhodes and his new defensive staff can help Cochran develop some pass rush moves. He's still young enough to surge into a very productive player in the next season or two. Keep an eye on next season. Brian DeLucia is a respected college and pro personnel consultant around the NFL. Formerly a consultant with and, Brian is in his third season with providing commentary around the NFL and NFL Draft.
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