Minicamp observations: Sean Lee is everywhere
June, 14, 2013
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ minicamp came to an end Thursday, so we offer up the final observations.
LB Sean Lee was everywhere. He opened team drills with a breakup of a Kyle Orton throw to TE Jason Witten, picked off Orton in seven-on-seven drills and broke up an underneath throw to WR Miles Austin.
How good might the Cowboys be at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker? One play after Lee’s interception, Bruce Carter blanketed DeMarco Murray out of the backfield and forced an incompletion.
DT Jay Ratliff was back at practice after sitting out Wednesday. He was able to slither through the offensive line to make a tackle for loss on Murray on the first play of the team-run period.
WR Terrance Williams came up with a big catch down the field in team drills, jumping high and through a defender to set up what was a game-tying field goal by Dan Bailey.
Bailey is just about automatic. He made all six kicks -- ranging from 40 to 52 yards -- during special teams drills. He missed one kick in team drills wide right, but the goal posts are purposely narrow. He would have made the kick with regular goal posts.
Rookie TE Gavin Escobar had his best day. He closed practice with a sliding touchdown grab, positioning himself between S Matt Johnson and Nick Stephens’ pass so the defender could not make a play.
While that might have been Stephens’ best throw, earlier he did a nice job of escaping pressure and finding TE Colin Cochart along the backside of the defense for a touchdown.
S Barry Church looked like he did last year when he won the job. He showed no signs of being slowed by the Achilles injury that ended his season. But he would like one play back. He jumped an Orton throw to the flat to Dante Rosario but was unable to come up with the pick-six as it banged off his hands. That’s the kind of play this defense has to make. While the pass breakup is good, the turnover is obviously much better.
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