OXNARD, Calif. Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens visited training camp on Thursday.
It was Owens’ first visit to a Cowboys’ facility since he was cut after the 2008 season, ending a controversial three-year stint in Dallas.
Only six Cowboys remain from Owens’ final season in Dallas -- Orlando Scandrick, Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Doug Free, L.P. Ladouceur and Anthony Spencer.
But Owens does have a budding relationship with Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. The two share the same marketing rep as well as a similar style of play.
“Yeah, absolutely. I mean, he has great size,” Owens said. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t have drafted this guy to come here, to come up and be the No. 1 guy. Dez has to obviously realize the opportunity he has in front of him and really make the most of the opportunities, because you never know when your last play or your last game is going to be. I think he’s starting to get it and I think he has the right people in his corner to really guide him and pave the way for him.”
Owens said Bryant’s passion is similar to his, misunderstood at times.
“From the standpoint of a guy that is very passionate about the game, yes,” Owens said. “A lot of what he does can be misconstrued, misinterpreted. His head mentally is in the right place. He is going to go through those growing pains that I’m sure the organization has already realized. That is a part of growing up. That is a part of the maturation process that he will live and learn from. From what I have heard, he is obviously better coming in prepared mentally and physically than he was last year. So that is a step in the right direction for himself and for the team.”
Owens hasn’t had many in-depth conversations with owner Jerry Jones since he was unceremoniously cut via design on a table cloth at a Miami hotel. Even though it didn’t end like he had hoped, he says he has good memories of his time with the Cowboys.
He and Jones chatted during practice, and Owens received a handshake from Witten. Owens and Romo were not seen interacting after Romo arrived on the field midway through practice.
“Hey, it is what it is,” Owens said. “I can’t really say too much about that. I know when I played and I practiced, I came with 100 percent. I played with 100 percent. I have no regrets. I played three years here and had some great times, made the most of it I feel like.”