OTA notes: Victor Butler, Jason Hatcher pressure

May, 30, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Wednesday was the second of four open organized team activity practices to the media, so here are a handful of observations that were cut short in part because of Jerry Jones’ press conference during the workout:

** WR Dwayne Harris has a good feel for the slot position. He’s not the fastest player but he can find holes and he did some nice work underneath catching a pass from QB Kyle Orton in team drills. But if Harris wants to lock up a spot, he’ll have to show he can catch punts. He misjudged one punt and dropped another that Kevin Ogletree scooped up for a fumble recovery.

** Upset with what he felt was too much talking to the officials by both sides of the ball, Jason Garrett momentarily stopped the two-minute drill to tell the No. 1 offense and defense to stop complaining and play the game.

** LB Victor Butler got a lot of work in DeMarcus Ware's absence and he continues to put pressure on quarterbacks. I can see Rob Ryan putting together packages just to get Butler on the field more with Ware and Anthony Spencer. In one play, he lined up at nose tackle and brought pressure.

** DE Jason Hatcher was active as well. He had a would-be sack of Tony Romo after slipping by LT Tyron Smith. He and Butler gave the offense real fits.

** C Phil Costa rolled back a shotgun snap to Romo, which led to an Anthony Spencer sack and/or fumble recovery if it were a real game.

** As the big board showed a replay of a John Phillips’ touchdown last season on a throwback screen against the New York Giants, Phillips repeated the play in Wednesday’s practice for a touchdown on an over-aggressive defense. Later, Phillips had a nice catch of an Orton pass in which he broke down LB Baraka Atkins for a nice run after the catch.

** There could be a real battle for the No. 3 tailback job. Phillip Tanner has looked strong and quick, but undrafted backs Darrell Scott and Lance Dunbar also look the part. Both players made nice yards after catch in red-zone drills.

**Orton had the prettiest throw of the day with a floater down the seam to Ogletree for a touchdown just out of the reach of CB C.J. Wilson. Ogletree was able to make the over-the-shoulder catch and get his feet in bounds in the back of the end zone.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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