W2W4: Cowboys practice Day 8

July, 29, 2013
7/29/13
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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys begin their eighth practice of training camp in overcast conditions. Here are a few things to look for:

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The weather: The Cowboys have training camp here in part because of the comfortable weather conditions. But the weather has been overcast with temperatures in the mid- to low 60s for the morning walkthrough practices. In afternoon practices, the temperatures have been in the 70s and there's been some light drizzle once in a while. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said you have to be careful despite the cool conditions because you can still overheat. Several players, including Dez Bryant and Matt Johnson, took a break due to cramping.

Will Bryant return?: The wide receiver missed the last two days of team drills with a sore hip. Bryant, like Jason Witten and Sean Lee, hates to miss practice. Bryant played catch with Tony Romo off to the side and shagged balls during individual drills during his time off. The Cowboys are being cautious with Bryant heading into their final week of practices before the Hall of Fame game.

Nate Livings update: The staring left guard is just getting his feet wet after returning to practice late last week after recovering from a foot injury. Livings has been inconsistent in his return. Is it rust? Or should the Cowboys consider Kevin Kowalski and David Arkin as the starters for the Hall of Fame game? Ronald Leary is getting close to a return and the front office has been impressed with his progress so far. This is an important week for Livings as he tries to get it together.

Who to watch for today: If you attend the practices here, make sure you watch running back Lance Dunbar. He's surprised the Cowboys with his quickness and ability to catch passes. Dunbar has to improve on his pass blocking, given his size -- at 5-foot-8, he's shorter than most, if not all, defensive linemen and linebackers who try to pressure the pocket. It's easy to talk about DeMarcus Ware because he's been outstanding this camp. But Hatcher has performed just as well. He was all over the field on Sunday with numerous quarterback pressures.
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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