Todd Archer's practice observations
August, 3, 2011
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
** Almost every day, the Cowboys have opened the team period with a screen pass. And almost every day, LB DeMarcus Ware has snuffed out the play. He read RB Felix Jones going wide at the snap, forcing QB Tony Romo to throw the ball into the ground.
** Jason Pociask got his first carry of training camp with a run up the gut in 9-on-7 drills. He was moved from tight end to fullback the other day.
** TE Martellus Bennett had a productive practice with two touchdowns in 7-on-7 drills and one in team drills from QB Jon Kitna after he slipped behind LB Kenwin Cummings in the middle of the end zone.
** LB Brandon Williams had a nice read-and-reaction to a weak-side toss play to Frank Warren. Williams did not waste any movement in forcing Warren to the sideline.
** On a fullback blast up the middle, OT Sam Young pancaked DE Igor Olshansky for what was a decent gain. Young’s strength has improved greatly from his rookie year.
** The Cowboys might add a veteran safety soon, but S Barry Church had an eye-opening day that was nearly perfect. He put a big hit on WR Manny Johnson on a reverse and should have had an interception on the next play. He was had a good read on a Romo throw to Miles Austin for a breakup on an end zone throw.
** WR Kevin Ogletree has had a good start to camp. But after dropping an underneath pass from Kitna, coach Jason Garrett was on him the way a father gets disappointed in a child. With assistant head coach Jimmy Robinson out, Garrett has taken a more hands-on approach with the receivers.
** As well as Dez Bryant has performed in training camp, the wide receiver has plenty to learn. During on-air drills, the offense had to re-run a play because Bryant did not run the proper angle on a route to the end zone by going in at an angle when he was supposed to go up the field.
** WR James Cleveland struggled in his second day on the club by dropping three passes.
** Even though the NFL officials are no longer at camp, some local college officials have been working the practices.
** Defensive line coach Brian Baker had his group going through push-pull-rip and push-pull-swim pass rush moves. It was interesting to see him describe which foot should have the player’s weight and just how precise the hand placement has to be to shed a blocker.