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Cowboys practice report: Day 7

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys conducted their annual Blue and White scrimmage on Sunday. The veteran players conducted a regular practice before the younger players, led by quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Nick Stephens, took over.

  • With Dez Bryant missing practice with a sore hip, Dwayne Harris and Miles Austin got the early portions of the first-team snaps. Austin, however, got a break and Terrance Williams saw some time.

  • The young receivers were inconsistent on Sunday. Tim Benford and Jared Green had drops. Benford dropped a touchdown pass in 7-on-7 while Green let a ball go through his hands. Green also had a touchdown reception in the back of the end zone as he got both feet in. But Williams caught a touchdown pass on a slant in the 7-on-7 period. Eric Rogers continues to improve by making catches all over the field; he made an amazing Hail Mary reception over two defenders that was waived off.

  • Linebacker Ernie Sims is on track to make this team as one of the backup linebackers. He penetrated the line and picked up a tackle for loss on Phillip Tanner. Sims is just in the right spots against the run and continues to play physical. If anything happens to Bruce Carter or Justin Durant this season, Sims is more than capable of taking over.

  • When the younger players took over, both offenses struggled to get anything going down the field. Defensive ends George Selvie and Monte Taylor picked up sacks, Kyle Wilber provided good pressure on the quarterbacks and the run defense shut everything down. The biggest play from the offense came when Stephens threw a deep pass more than 20 yards, resulting in a pass interference penalty on Devin Smith. Both young quarterbacks, Stephens and Tanney, failed to lead a drive for a field goal or a touchdown. Stephens was the only quarterback to get his team across midfield, and that was because of the penalty.

  • Rookie running back Joseph Randle showed his skills somewhat during the practice when he zipped through the line on a draw up the middle. During the scrimmage, Randle didn't see many running lanes.

  • During the two-minute drill with the first team, Bill Callahan was yelling for a timeout and either was ignored or nobody heard him, because Tony Romo spiked the ball. Callahan is on the sidelines with Wade Wilson as they call the plays, with Jason Garrett standing behind the offense.

  • Defensive end Jason Hatcher has been outstanding in training camp practices. We just don't say it enough.

  • Linebacker Cameron Lawrence did a nice job of flushing Tanney out of the pocket on a pass rush to force him to throw a pass away.

  • You always talk about Jason Witten's ability to make catches, but he's a pretty good blocker. When Orlando Scandrick blitzed, Witten moved him out of the way with a strong physical play.

  • Safety Jeff Heath had a strong hit on Joseph as he hit the hole.

  • There were 8,479 fans at camp on Sunday. The total attendance for camp is 29,816.