Cowboys practice report: Day 1

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Cowboys opened the first of 21 practices on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Here's what happened on Day 1.

*Here's what Jerry Jones told ESPNDallas.com after the first day of practice: "The guys looked like they were moving well; that’s no surprise. I would have expected them to be excited about the first practice. I thought they moved well and I thought we caught the ball well out there. I liked [Robert] Brewster and some of those guys."

*Tight end Martellus Bennett was placed on the non-football injury list with a sprained left ankle. Bennett hurt the ankle running routes at Valley Ranch last week. He's expected back next week. Also, rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was also placed on the NFI with his shoulder injury. Owusu-Ansah is starting the fourth month of a 4-to-6 month recovery time for his separated shoulder. Linebacker Stephen Hodge (knee) and defensive end Lorenzo Washington (hamstring) were placed on the physically unable to perform list. Hodge, wearing a brace on his left knee, did some running. Washington could return soon. He was injured during the last minicamp.

*First-round pick Dez Bryant was the first player on the field and received a loud ovation from the fans. Bryant, who was also one of the last players to leave the field after doing some interviews and signing autographs for fans, said he thought he had a great practice.

*The offense looked slugglish with quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jon Kitna underthrowing and overthrowing their receivers. Patrick Watkins made a pass breakup of a long pass to Miles Austin from Romo that was underthrown. Kitna made a terrible throw in the flat that was picked off by Anthony Spencer. Coach Wade Phillips said the timing was off for the passing offense, but he thought there was some good things in the running game.

*On defense, Victor Butler and Spencer picked off passes and returned them for touchdowns. Turnovers -- the Cowboys had 21 last year -- are a point of emphasis in 2010. "I thought we did some good things on the defensive side," cornerback Terence Newman said. "We got two picks for touchdowns and I don't think I've ever been a part of camp where we had two picks for touchdowns [on the first day of camp], and we got our hands on a lot of balls."

*Junior Siavii, Bradie James, Keith Brooking, Watkins and Newman all had pass breakups. However, on one pass from Romo to Jason Witten, Brooking and James ran into each other after the catch. Witten ran down field untouched.

*Running back Marion Barber seemed to have a lot of burst on Saturday. He ran hard and made some nice cuts. Barber lost 10 pounds in the offseason to help get a little something extra.

*The Cowboys worked on special teams in the early portions of practice. Blocking kicks and preparing for field goals were the focus. David Buehler attemped only one field goal, 23-yarder, which was good.

*Phillips' dad, Bum, attended practice, as did Baylor coach Art Briles. ... The Cowboys have three fellowship coaches in training camp. LSU assistant offensive line coach Lunda Lahia Wells, Norfolk State defensive back and special teams coordinator Marco Butler and Trinity Valley Community College assistant head coach and defensive coordinator William Reed III.