Calvin Watkins' practice report

August, 10, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys finished their ninth practice Thursday. We have some thoughts:

*We're not saying LP Ladouceur is going to lose his gig as the long snapper because he's quite good at it. But with Ladouceur in the final year of his contract, it was interesting to see Charley Hughlett get some snaps with both kickers. Of course, the team can't expect Ladouceur to deep snap for the entire game against Oakland. But looking down the line, Hughlett could be someone the team signs if it can't lock up Ladouceur.

*Cole Beasley is doing his thing. After getting flagged for a false start, he came right back and drew a pass interference penalty on Orlando Scandrick, leading to a Dan Bailey field goal. While lining up in the slot, Bealsey also settled into a spot in front of a defender and made the catch, picking up a few yards. On a tipped ball from Bruce Carter, Beasley made a catch while falling down.

*Jason Garrett talks about seeing his players respond in bad times. Well, David Arkin was called for holding against Sean Lissemore. On the next play, Arkin pancaked Lissemore.

*Bailey made field goals of 35, 43 and 47 yards. He's missed only one kick this summer.

*Teddy Williams was beaten by Raymond Radway on a deep throw from Kyle Orton. Radway has said he's still trying to get back to full speed after missing last season with a fractured leg, but he displayed his speed against a former sprint champion.

*There was another bad snap, this one from Arkin out of the shotgun. We know the Cowboys want to be patient with Arkin, who has never snapped before, but maybe the team should look elsewhere.

*It seems Jamize Olawale is getting the hang of being a running back. He's bursting through the holes a lot better and not shying away from contact.

*Andrew Szczerba dropped a touchdown pass from Orton in the back of the end zone.

*Tim Benford did a nice job of making a catch in front of Williams, then juking him to reach the end zone. Benford seems to have the ability to find open holes in the defense, like Beasley.

*Tony Romo tried to sneak a pass over Barry Church and Scandrick to hit Beasley in the back of the end zone. Both defenders showed good leaping ability to tip the pass away.

*Romo took advantage of Sean Lee falling down to hit Jason Witten with a touchdown pass.

*Andre Holmes, who had an uneven Blue and White scrimmage, made a nice diving catch during the two-minute drill. He bounced back nicely with good route running.
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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