Cowboys practice report

July, 29, 2011
7/29/11
7:43
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SAN ANTONIO -- The Cowboys added three players to their roster Friday as they conducted a walkthrough and a practice in shells.

Defensive lineman Lawon Scott, running back Frank Warren and cornerback Alex Ibiloye joined the club.

*It was funny and sad in a way to see the Cowboys conduct business Friday. Jerry Jones pulled defensive coordinator Rob Ryan away from team drills and asked him to get on the phone and speak with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Ryan's sales pitch looked to work, but then the Eagles came in at the last minute and signed him. As Ryan was talking on the phone, cornerback Terence Newman was making plays in front of him. Newman said he wouldn't speak with reporters after practice.

*Keith Brooking picked off two passes in the walkthrough and one more in the afternoon session. After snagging one, he sprinted down the field, only to come up hurt. Brooking strained a hamstring and his status is uncertain long-term. After Brooking pulled up, he slammed the ball and his helmet to the turf. With Brooking out, it gives more reps to Sean Lee. Also, Tashard Choice is out two-to-four weeks with a calf strain. Andre Gurode (knee), Bruce Carter (knee) and DeMarco Murray (hamstring) did rehab work. Mike Jenkins got his left ankle retaped during practice, but returned.

*One thing we're noticing with this Cowboys defense is movement. There are linemen moving around from one end to the other and linebackers cheating toward the line of scrimmage. Sometimes safeties come up and fake the blitz. Igor Olshansky, who is a defensive end, was lined up over the center. Then there was a blitz from DeMarcus Ware and Jenkins from the same side of the field. At one point, at least seven players were hovering over the offensive line. The corners are playing a combination of man and zone and no linebacker is immune from dropping back into coverage, as evidenced by Ware doing so.

*How many wide receivers will the Cowboys keep on the roster? It's an interesting debate given how only four -- Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree and Manuel Johnson -- have played in a NFL game. It seems Austin, Bryant and Ogletree will make the roster, but who fills out the remainder of the slots in unclear. Receiver Titus Ryan dropped a wide-open ball Friday. Raymond Radway, a rookie from Abilene Christian, made a diving catch Thursday, but dropped one Friday.

*The kickers were at it again Friday, and Dan Bailey took the lead from David Buehler. Bailey went 5-for-5 on field goal tries from 33, 35, 38, 41 and 44 yards. He made a 33-yarder with the rush off the edge with no issues. Buehler had some problems. He went 2-for-5, missing from 38, 41 and 44 yards. On the misses, Jenkins and Newman came flying off the edge to bother him.

*With no Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray on the field to practice as they nurse injuries, younger running backs got a chance to get some carries. Lonyae Miller is doing a nice job hitting the hole and protecting the ball from getting stripped. Phillip Tanner and Frank Warren ran through holes well and didn't seem lost.

*While Dez Bryant can make the easy and hard catch because he's so talented, there were times Friday he struggled to make a catch in tight coverage. On a deep ball along the sidelines, Newman knocked a pass away from Bryant. But receivers coach Jimmy Robinson liked the effort and slapped five with Bryant after the play.

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