Cowboys practice report: Day 14
August, 11, 2013
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. -- A busy-filled return to practice for the Cowboys on Sunday featured two fights, an ejection and a solid day from wide receiver Terrance Williams in his return to practice.
- Running back Phillip Tanner got into a scrap with linebacker Taylor Reed in which punches were thrown. Reed lost his helmet in the process. This is the second fight in training camp involving a running back -- Lance Dunbar stepped into the ring last week. Also, guard David Arkin and Jabari Fletcher slap-boxed for about 10 seconds.
- In a strange play, cornerback Orlando Scandrick tried to make a tackle along the sidelines and pushed the head linesman out of the way. A flag was thrown and the head linesman said after practice if this were a game, Scandrick would have been ejected. Scandrick said he wasn't trying to touch the referee. Out of frustration he took himself out of practice and had a brief talk with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as he went to the sidelines. With Scandrick out, Sterling Moore took over.
- Do you want to know why James Hanna is ahead of Gavin Escobar on the depth chart at tight end? On a tight end screen, Hanna made the catch and read his blocks well to get downfield and out ran Sean Lee to the end zone. Hanna also made a tough sideline catch on a back-shoulder fade. On several run plays, Hanna did a nice job holding the block to allow the runner to hit the hole or go off the edge. Escobar is a good pass-catching tight end and looked good in seven-on-seven and team drills, but he needs to work on his blocking to get more snaps.
- Coach Jason Garrett talks about coming back from adversity, and wide receiver Tim Benford showed the head coach something. He dropped a pass over the middle after taking a hit in the back from safety Danny McCray. But Benford made two tough catches later in practice, including a leaping catch with a defender behind him.
- Defensive end George Selvie had a good practice against the first-team offense with a sack and a quarterback pressure. Selvie, who performed well in the Hall of Fame Game, struggled in the second preseason game.
- Safety Barry Church produced a strong practice with an interception on a deep pass. He could have blown up another play with a hard hit on the tight end.
- In a hard-hitting practice, running back DeMarco Murray was the aggressor on several run plays. Instead of waiting for the contact, he lowered the shoulder -- and sometimes his helmet -- and ran into defenders.