*Wade Phillips talks as if Montrae Holland will be active for every game this season. Holland, obtained in a trade with the Broncos in 2008, was inactive for every game last season. He is expected to be the primary backup at guard since the Cowboys released Cory Procter. However, Holland will not be tried at center. That experiment ended after attempts last year to make him the backup center.
*Left guard Kyle Kosier will be the backup center. He took two snaps there Monday, and Kosier said it marked the first time he has ever played the position. Cory Procter, who was released Monday, had been the backup center to Andre Gurode. Travis Bright, who spent last season on the practice squad, also took snaps at center Monday. He also has never played the position.
*Jason Williams and rookie Sean Lee rotated at inside linebacker. Keith Brooking, who recently had knee surgery, did not participate in Monday's OTA. Stephen Hodge, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee, was in street clothes Monday. He will not return until training camp. The Cowboys, of course, traded nickel linebacker Bobby Carpenter, so Lee and Williams will compete for that job. Wade Phillips has said starters Brooking and Bradie James are candidates for the nickel job as well, and safety Gerald Sensabaugh could be used there.
*The free safety spot vacated by Ken Hamlin, who was released last month, sounds like it's Alan Ball's to lose. Mike Hamlin is the other candidate. "I’m definitely excited," Ball said. "I’ve been here four years and any time I’ve had the chance to step on the field, I’ve tried to soak it up. It’s just another opportunity for me."
*The Cowboys are counting on David Buehler to win the kicking job. They don't want to burn two roster spots on kickers this year. Connor Hughes, though, hopes to make it a hard decision for the Cowboys.
*Punter Mat McBriar, who had knee surgery after the season, isn't ready to kick yet. But his rehab is right on schedule, Wade Phillips said.
*Wade Phillips said all three running backs -- Tashard Choice, Felix Jones and Marion Barber -- reported in shape and ready to go. Jones is expected to see more carries this season.
*This is a big off-season for third quarterback Stephen McGee. A fourth-round draft pick out of A&M last season, McGee looked like he was in over his head as a rookie. Now, though, he's had a season to watch, listen and learn. "Just to continue to grow and develop," Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "When you're a [backup] quarterback, it's hard to get a lot of the reps that you need. There's so much to learn. There's so much to learn mentally, and then to take it out on the field and learn physically. From a technical standpoint, and then overlaying what we're doing on the defense, and the different things that a quarterback has to do, there aren't enough reps for a young guy to develop. He's done such a good job doing the extra stuff and embracing the opportunities he does get and he's going to have to continue to go through that process. He's going to benefit from that fifth preseason game that we're playing. He's a guy that's going to get a lot of those reps. Just to continue to learn and grow at that position, and he's done a heck of a job doing that."
-- Charean Williams