Cowboys wakeup call: Day 13

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5
8:00
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Every day of Dallas Cowboys training camp we'll offer up a wake-up call that offers a quick review of the previous day and a preview of the current day.

Today's schedule: After their first "night" practice the Cowboys will get back to work at 3:45 p.m. Jason Garrett's press conference is at 12 p.m.

Quick thoughts on Monday's practice:
  • Tony Romo took it easy in one-on-one drills, throwing to running backs and tight ends for the first time instead of receivers. Romo's throws were not at full speed. He took his normal turns in team period and made a terrific throw for a touchdown to Cole Beasley in the slot on a deep ball after floating slightly to his left to avoid the pass rush to buy just a tick for Beasley to break free.
  • Cornerback B.W. Webb let up some plays, but he made some, too. He broke up a Romo fade to Dez Bryant in the corner of the end zone. He butted up running back Ryan Williams on a catch to the flat. He did a nice job of getting in the way of Jamar Newsome in the corner of the end zone.
  • After rookie safety Ahmad Dixon came up with an interception on a deflected pass from Brandon Weeden to James Hanna, the defensive backs joked, "he's finally on the board," with his first pick of camp.
  • Some interesting notes with a couple of starters missing practice. With Barry Church (ankle) resting, Jeff Heath started next to J.J. Wilcox. Tyrone Crawford started for George Selvie at left defensive end. Safety Ryan Smith took some turns with the first-team nickel defense with Jakar Hamilton sitting out.
What I'm watching: With the focus of the practice expected to be about getting ready for Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers, I'm looking at the younger players.

I want to see how the work is divided between Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams in the backfield. I want to see how the young receivers, like Devin Street, Chris Boyd, LaRon Byrd and Jamar Newsome are mixed in during the session.

Defensive tackle Davon Coleman might be quickly earning a roster spot. He has had some good battles the last two days with Ronald Leary and will play a lot vs. the Chargers. He has three-technique skills, but he is also being asked to play the nose.

Crawford is like a starter but this will be his first game in more than a year after tearing his Achilles last year in camp.

They said it: "I don't want any of Wilcox. He's got the fastest hands on the team. And I just want him with me. That's the quickest I've seen on a football field. He can put them on you. Plus, he's not afraid to go get you. I was pretty impressed. That was one of the best tit-for-tats that I've seen in 25 years." -- Jerry Jones on the fight between J.J. Wilcox and Dez Bryant during Sunday's practice.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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