Position battle: Tim Benford impresses in scrimmage

August, 5, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Blue and White scrimmage is a chance for young players fighting for roster spots to impress the coaches.

Wide receiver Tim Benford accomplished that Sunday afternoon.

Benford made some key catches, including a long first-down reception during the full-speed portion of the scrimmage. The Cowboys don't have a clear No. 3 receiver after nearly a week of training camp practices.

"I came from a small school and everybody wants me to show my talents, so I'm just trying to do what I can do," said Benford, who attended Tennessee Tech. "It's a work and grind every day, you never know what they're talking about. I'm just coming out to compete every day."

Benford is competing with Dwayne Harris, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway, Kevin Ogletree, Cole Beasley and -- when he returns from his foot injury -- Danny Coale for the No. 3 position.

You could find good and bad things to say about several players after the scrimmage. Holmes dropped a touchdown pass. So did Harris. Beasley made some good catches.

Then there's Benford, a 5-11, 200-pound undrafted rookie.

"I wanted to work hard and compete every day," Benford said. "This is the same mindset every day, that's all it is."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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