Stock Report: Brandon Carr up, AOA down

August, 19, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- We're done with two preseason games, and with that, we review who played well and who didn't in our weekly stock report.

Stock Up

Brandon Carr: The veteran cornerback picked off two passes Saturday night at San Diego. He's turning into the cover corner the Cowboys envisioned when they signed him to a five-year, $50.1 million deal. The Cowboys' first-team defense has three interceptions, two by Carr and one by Gerald Sensabaugh, so far in preseason.

Kevin Ogletree: He's moving into the No. 3 receiver spot. He had a strong performance -- four catches for 60 yards -- against the first- and second-team defenses of the Chargers on Saturday. Ogletree is playing with a focus and is establishing himself as a force with several young and unproven receivers behind him. His leaping catch while taking a hit was the highlight of his night.

Cole Beasley: The rookie from SMU played well in the second half and finished with a team-leading seven catches for 104 yards. He's becoming a dependable force from the slot and coach Jason Garrett said Beasley is a quarterback-friendly receiver. The quarterbacks, Garrett said, have confidence throwing to Beasley.

Stock Down

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah: The cornerback doesn't look like he's playing with any confidence. He fell down trying to cover Mike Willie on a 38-yard touchdown reception, and he also fell down trying to defend another pass but missed at swiping the ball. If the Cowboys keep five cornerbacks, it appears Owusu-Ansah might not make it.

Shaun Chapas: The fullback missed two blocks, one leading to a sack and the other to a pressure. Of course, Lawrence Vickers is the starting fullback, but if Chapas wants a future around here he's got to block better. He's had a good training camp, but when it comes to the games, he's got to make plays.

Teddy Williams. He's a sprint champion that isn't making plays as a cornerback or returner. It's hard to ask him to make plays in some situations because of his inexperience, but as a kick retuner he's got to make defenders miss him and show some wiggle. As a corner, Williams, like Owusu-Ansah, looks lost out there.
Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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