Sunday, July 28, 2013
Camp observations: Dez Bryant to rescue
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -– If you’re attending training camp as a fan, you have to stay ready.
While holding his son, a father was able to hold on to a Tony Romo throw, but unfortunately the boy took part of the catch off the face. Security took the football back, but Dez Bryant came to the rescue, offering the boy an elbow sleeve. Later a ball was given to the boy.
Bryant, who did not practice because of a sore hip, was in a giving mood. He later gave a fan a pair of his cleats.
- The first three team plays of practice are competitive situations. A winner is declared after each play. The offense won two of three Saturday, highlighted by a Tony Romo touchdown throw in the middle of the end zone to TE Jason Witten just as S Barry Church was coming for the hit.
- With DeMarcus Ware getting a day of rest, Kyle Wilber was a starting defensive end. He had a couple of sacks and was difficult for any linemen to block. With Ben Bass (ankle) not practicing, Cameron Sheffield started on the other side.
- Romo completed 11 of 17 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills with two touchdowns. Kyle Orton went 8-for-12 with a touchdown.
- Orton’s best throw was a TD throw to WR Jared Green, who was able to tap his feet inbounds. The throw came through a tight window between a safety and a linebacker just as Green made his cut.
- LB Ernie Sims has had a good start to camp. He stopped RB Phillip Tanner on a third-down play, meeting the runner in the hole and dropping him immediately.
- No detail is too fine. The wide receivers worked on chopping the defenders’ hands as they attempted to shove them off the line. Jason Garrett told Terrance Williams, “be violent with that hand,” to which the rookie responded, “Yes, sir.”
- Another interesting drill was a series of two-on-two games between corners and safeties working on bunch formations. It favored the offense, but the defenders mostly did good job communicating the pass off.
- Dan Bailey did not take any of the field goal attempts in situational drills. That went to Spencer Barton. During practice the Cowboys worked on fake field goals and pooch punts. Bailey did a good job pinning the punts deep.
- CB Brandon Underwood nearly had his first interception of camp. Instead, it was a pass break up as he ripped the ball away from WR Eric Rogers in the end zone.
- Remember when Wade Phillips proclaimed the Cowboys the best walk-through team in the NFL a few years ago? They weren’t that good on Saturday morning. The offense had three false starts. Repeat those words. In a walk-through they couldn’t get the snap right.