Camp observations: It's a dog day

August, 6, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Jason Witten called Monday’s practice one of the dog days of camp because of the number of reps from Sunday’s practice and the focus on short-yardage and goal-line running in the afternoon.

** Fans cry out for the end zone fade to WR Dez Bryant whenever the Cowboys get near the end zone. You would’ve been happy Monday. Bryant caught a fade from QB Tony Romo for a touchdown over CB Mario Butler in two-minute work. The play was set up by what seemed to be a somewhat dubious pass interference call on CB Orlando Scandrick

** The second-team offense also scored in its two-minute work with Cole Beasley working the slot to get the score after the defense failed to line up properly. That score was also set up by a dubious pass interference call on S Mana Silva on a throw to Beasley that seemed uncatchable. Beasley had three catches on the drive.

** It was a shaky day for the contenders in the backup receiver role. Dwayne Harris had a drop that led to assistant head coach Jimmy Robinson throwing his play sheet in the air. Kevin Ogletree had a drop and Andre Holmes was invisible.

** Newly-minted starting S Barry Church made a nice break on a throw to FB Lawrence Vickers, but secondary coach Jerome Henderson has higher standards. He wanted Church to go for the interception.

** TE James Hanna did a nice job sealing DE Sean Lissemore on two runs to start the team-run period. Hanna also had a couple of catches on the day in getting more work with the regular offense.

** CB C.J. Wilson had a good day with a number of breakups, including one to Hanna in the flat. One of his teammates told him to go for the pick instead of the knockdown and he might have been correct. The drive ended in Beasley’s touchdown.

** It’s a Penn State thing. LB Dan Connor slid by G David Arkin to stop Felix Jones behind the line, then Sean Lee shrugged off Vickers to stop DeMarco Murray on the next play.

** G Mackenzy Bernadeau must have passed his conditioning test because owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the guard will get some work Tuesday. Bernadeau took some walkthrough snaps for the first time Monday morning.

** Something to note: Pat McQuistan and Ronald Leary did some pre-practice snapping, which is a sign the team isn’t pleased with the in-house work of the backups so far. They don't seem ready to look outside for help.

**Veteran Gs Derrick Dockery and Daniel Loper were in pads for the first time since signing and DE Kenyon Coleman had a rude welcoming to Loper in one-on-one pass rush drills, shucking him to the ground to get to the passer.

** WR Raymond Radway was yanked from a play when he lined up on the left side when he was supposed to be on the right. He was replaced by Donavon Kemp. Radway has had some issues in lining up in the correct spot.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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