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Monday, July 29, 2013
Camp observations: Young D shines in scrimmage

By Todd Archer

OXNARD, Calif. – Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage was about the younger players, and the defense was ahead of the offense.

Of the five drives, the offense had to punt four times. The best drive was the last drive that ended with a Joseph Randle touchdown run to the right. The score was set up by a pass interference penalty on Devin Smith after he got beat by wide receiver Tim Benford.

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Defensive linemen Landon Cohen, Monte Taylor and Jerome Long came up with sacks of quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Nick Stephens.

  • The prettiest play of the day would not have counted in a real game. WR Eric Rogers came down with a Hail Mary pass from Tanney in situational work, but before Tanney could get the throw off he would have been sacked by George Selvie.

  • CB B.W. Webb came up with a pick-six of QB Kyle Orton on the final two-minute drill for the second-teamers. Webb read Orton’s eyes wide to the flat and was able to leap for the pick and head down field untouched.

  • CB Sterling Moore came up with a terrific breakup of a corner route from Tanney to TE Dante Rosario. Tanney’s pass was in perfect position but as Rosario reached for the ball, Moore ripped the tight end’s hands down for the incompletion.

  • Earlier Moore broke up a throw to Benford to set up a 53-yard field goal try by Dan Bailey. After missing a game-winning try earlier, Bailey drilled the 53-yarder. Bailey has missed only two kicks in camp.

  • WR Terrance Williams is starting to develop a nice feel for the middle of the field. He and Tony Romo were able to connect on a few crossing routes, with a good throw just over the linebackers but underneath the secondary for a first down in two-minute work. Unfortunately for the offense, DeMarcus Ware had a sack of Romo on the net play, forcing a Hail Mary that did not connect.

  • Romo was sharp, completing 14 of 19 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills. He threw touchdown passes to Jason Witten and Miles Austin and went 5-of-7 on one drive that ended in a Bailey game winner.

  • WR Dwayne Harris helped prevent a Romo pick by turning into a defensive back on a throw to the sideline and knocking the pass away from CB Brandon Carr.

  • Rookie S J.J. Wilcox loves to hit. His aggressiveness got him in trouble when he hit Benford too late. Five years ago it might not have been a penalty, but it is now. On the next play Wilcox brought it on TE Andre Smith to slow down a screen.