Pro football: Cowboys impressed with Bartel's new look
San Antonio native emerges as a viable candidate for Dallas' 53-man roster.
Web Posted: 05/04/2008 11:30 PM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
IRVING — First-round pick Felix Jones wasn't the only player whose footwork was a topic of discussion at the Dallas Cowboys' rookie minicamp.
With his drop-back time quickened by a nearly 30-pound reduction from last season's listed weight of 246 pounds, practice-squad quarterback Richard Bartel has emerged as a viable candidate for the 53-man roster even as the Cowboys ponder whether to add another veteran passer.
“He is significantly better than he was this time last year,” owner Jerry Jones said of the San Antonio native, who attended Clark before transferring to Grapevine late in his sophomore year in 1999. “I'm very impressed with how he rearranged his physical makeup.
“That kind of improvement is encouraging. It had a bearing on us not drafting a quarterback.”
Even though such talk lifts his spirits, the 6-foot-2 Bartel isn't taking anything for granted.
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