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Brandon Marshall has never shied away from the moniker ''Baby T.O.,'' and the real Terrell Owens doesn't mind the comparisons, either.
Adam ''Pacman'' Jones apparently does.
With the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos sharing the fields at Dove Valley this week, it was inevitable that the respective receivers with jaw-dropping moves and uncanny abilities to deke defenders would be compared to each other.
''No, he's nowhere near T.O.,'' Jones protested between workouts Wednesday. ''He's a good athlete, it ain't on T.O., though.''
Jones, the Cowboys' cornerback awaiting reinstatement from commissioner Roger Goodell after being suspended for a series of off-the-field missteps, said he has yet to see the receiver who can stack up to the one he sees every day in practice.
''First of all, T.O. is 10 times faster than Brandon Marshall. And 10 times stronger than Brandon Marshall,'' Jones said. ''You can sometimes get your hand on B. at the line. T.O. has a good thing where he snatches and whips. I wouldn't say he's nowhere near T.O.''
Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler stepped into the fray, wondering: Who's Jones to judge?
''That's fine. We go against Champ (Bailey) every day,'' Cutler retorted, subtly suggesting that Jones doesn't stack up to the Broncos' perennial Pro Bowler whom Marshall faces all the time.
Marshall had his own retort. When ''I'm definitely my own guy and I try to do my own thing. I don't just break down Terrell Owens,'' said Marshall, who was sporting a T-shirt given him by Owens between workouts. ''I break down the top receivers, whether it's (Larry) Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards, (fellow Central Florida alum and Jacksonville backup) Mike Walker. Those are the guys I'm always breaking down and Terrell Owens.''
As for Owens, he said he doesn't mind the constant comparisons to Marshall.
''I take that as a compliment,'' he said.
And yes, Owens sees the similarities.
''He's a big receiver. He's very aggressive. He'll go get the ball and he can make things happen once he gets the ball in his hands,'' Owens said. ''They have a good guy in Brandon. He's going to be a guy that will be around here for a while.''
Providing he can straighten out his personal life, suggested Smith, who's still serving as Marshall's mentor in retirement.
Marshall is facing a three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct code, a penalty he can reduce by a game if he seeks counseling.
Physically, Owens (6 feet 3, 218 pounds) and Marshall (6-5, 230) are remarkably similar.
''Yeah, but football is not always physical,'' Smith said. ''And that's some of the problems that we have with sports is just because a guy can run, jump and catch, it's 'Oh, he can be this, he can be that.' The 6 inches, the muscle between your ears is the most important one.''
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