Calvin Watkins' practice report

August, 7, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. -- A look back at the eighth practice of Cowboys training camp.

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* In Sunday's Blue and White scrimmage the Cowboys were penalized for having 12 men on the field for a field goal attempt. Monday's session had another player, Orie Lemon, get penalized for the same thing.

* At times we see Doug Free excel against the pass rush. Then we see him struggle. Part of the reason is footwork. Free played the left tackle spot last season and the stance and hand placement is different from when you play the right side. Expect Free to solve these problems.

* During a hard hit, Gerald Sensabaugh lost his mouth piece when trying to stop Jason Witten.

* Dan Bailey has missed just one field goal attempt this summer. He went 4-for-4 on Monday, making kicks from 27, 32, 35 and 38 yards.

* The backup wide receivers had some issues Monday. Andre Holmes dropped a pass he should have caught after C.J. Wilson tipped the ball. Dwayne Harris dropped another pass that hit him in the chest. Wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson threw his play card up in the air probably in frustration. Raymond Radway lined up on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage and was told to move to the other side. Radway jogged slowly to the other side, upsetting the coaches who made the offense go back in the huddle and take Radway out. Kevin Ogletree dropped a pass coming out of the slot. Rough day.

* On consecutive plays, fullback Lawrence Vickers did a nice job of stopping Victor Butler on the blitz.

* Rookie defensive end Tyrone Crawford has been impressive the last few practices. That continued Monday when he knocked down Tyron Smith to make a tackle.

* The Cowboys worked on situational plays, including starting at the 1 and two-minute drills. The Cowboys mainly rushed out of the first-and-10 from the 1.

* Wilson had his best day of camp. He had three pass breakups and looked good breaking to the ball.

* The last two plays of practice saw Cole Beasley make an impact. He drew a pass interference penalty on safety Mana Silva on a long pass into the end zone from Kyle Orton. It appeared the ball would have gone out of bounds. On the next play, first-and-goal from the 1, Beasley caught a touchdown pass from Orton.

* It's good to see John Hanna get some snaps with the first team with John Phillips out with an injury. Hanna is a better receiver than Phillips and needs to work on his blocking.

* Dez Bryant is a fantastic talent. The Cowboys need to use him against smaller receivers in the red zone. During the two-minute drill, Bryant, 6-2, faced Mario Butler, who is 6-1. Bryant outjumped Butler in the end zone to catch a touchdown pass from Tony Romo. Bryant has made all sorts of leaping catches this camp, both one-and-two handed.

* The offensive line play is inconsistent. The interior of the line should get a boost from Derrick Dockery and Daniel Loper, who made their practice debuts Monday.
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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