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Ex-Cowboys standout visits Bucs secondary

Rookie Aqib Talib, here catching his breath after running sprints during Sunday’s practice, and the rest of the Bucs secondary got a visit from former Cowboys standout Everson Walls.

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times

Rookie Aqib Talib, here catching his breath after running sprints during Sunday’s practice, and the rest of the Bucs secondary got a visit from former Cowboys standout Everson Walls.

Ex-Cowboys star visits

Jon Gruden believes Everson Walls should be in the Hall of Fame. The former Cowboys defensive back, right may not make it to Canton, but he certainly was welcomed around Bucs camp the past couple days.

Gruden invited Walls in part to positively influence rookie cornerback Aqib Talib, who has had a couple of minor discipline issues. Walls, who attended the same Dallas-area high school as Talib, spent two days with Tampa Bay and imparted some wisdom.

Maybe now Gruden can return the favor by stumping for Walls.

"He's always been amazed at the 57 interceptions," Walls said. "For a cornerback, Emmitt Thomas has 58, Lem Barney got 56, Mel Blount got 57, and all of them are in. So, (Gruden) has been beating the drum for me a little bit."

At the very least, Walls said, he would be pleased to be included in the Cowboys' esteemed Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.

"And I won't be because at this point, (owner) Jerry Jones is going forward," said Walls, 48. "The new regime is going forward for their selections for the Ring of Honor. They're not even thinking about my era."

It's just a scratch

Quarterback Luke McCown did his best to downplay the offseason wood chopping incident involving him and his brother, Dolphins quarterback Josh McCown, in which Josh suffered a serious cut to his throwing hand.

"He went to the emergency room and got six stitches and came out and threw the football that afternoon," Luke said. "So it wasn't a big deal." The two are expected to face each other Saturday in Miami.

Quote of the day

"It's just as big as a dropped pass. We need to get more turnovers. We won a championship a few years ago because we generate turnovers and we score touchdowns … on defense."

Jon Gruden on the defense having dropped several potential interceptions during camp

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Preseason games

Saturday, Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 38

Aug. 17, Patriots, 8, NFL Network, Ch. 38

Aug. 23, Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 38

Aug. 28, at Texans, 8, Ch. 8

Date times

Today 8:30-11:10; 2:45-4:30

Thursday 9:45-10:55 (ST); 7:30-9:10

Friday 9:15-10:15 (WT)

Saturday Preseason at Miami, 7:30

Sunday None

Monday 2:45-4:45

Tuesday 8:30-11:10; 2:45-4:30

Aug. 13 8:30-11:10; 2:45-4:30

Aug. 14 8:30-9:55 (camp ends)

ST: special teams only
WT: walk-through
* Practice moves inside from 4-5, closed to public
** Possibility entire afternoon practice moves inside, closed to public

Ex-Cowboys standout visits Bucs secondary 08/05/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 4:33pm]
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