Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Cowboys practice report: Day 9, Pt. 2
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys' second practice was in helmets and shoulder pads. The previous two practices were done without helmets and shoulder pads. Wade Phillips said his players are tired and he wants to take it easy on them.
The Cowboys have three practices left in the next two days before breaking camp for Houston on Friday.
Here's what went down:
*Kevin Ogletree joined the injured list on Tuesday afternoon with a right hamstring strain. Ogletree is day-to-day. Kyle Kosier (knee), Marc Colombo (knee), Dez Bryant (ankle), John Phillips (knee), Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder), Keith Brooking (shoulder), Stephen Hodge (knee) and Marcus Spears missed the action. Spears said his goal is to return for the season opener. Bryant looked pretty good running during his rehab. He didn't make any cuts. Sensabaugh and Brooking also did some running.
*Kicker David Buehler attempted field goals and went 6-for-7. He was wide right from 33 yards. Buehler went 3-for-7 last Thursday and didn't attempt any field goals in the San Diego game, but still worked on the side. Buehler unofficially made kicks from 20, 31 twice, 35, 38 and 39.
*Tackle Alex Barron was limited in practice. He worked with the first team at right tackle during the 11-on-11 drills but was taken out as a precaution for Robert Brewster. Brewster did a fine job at right tackle with the first team and he made the move to left tackle with the second team. He's getting off the ball quicker and doesn't appear to have any problems in the pass rush. Brewster heard linebacker Victor Butler beefing at him after he was knocked down on a nifty run by Marion Barber.
*Pat Watkins is fighting for a job. The safety has undrafted rookies Danny McCray and Barry Church on his tail for his job. In a one-on-one drill, Watkins knocked down two passes and picked off another. His best play was swiping a ball out of Martellus Bennett's hands. Watkins also received second-team reps at safety with McCray.
*There is difficulty anytime you try to block Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware. Almost every time. Ware blew by Brewster, who was playing left tackle, to get a sack on Jon Kitna. On the very next play, Spencer got a sack on Stephen McGee. Tackle Will Barker struggled to get Ware out of the way as Kitna completed a pass to Bennett. Spencer charged past Sam Young, this time at right tackle, for a sack on Kitna. Young was beaten again by Spencer as Bradie James charged up the gut of the defense to tip a McGee throw.
*Sam Hurd needs to practice better. In the one-on-one drill, Hurd ran an inside route instead of going outside, which forced an incompletion. On another pass by Tony Romo, the pass went outside toward the end zone when Hurd ran to the middle of the end zone. On both plays, Hurd was talked too by the coaches. But Hurd did catch a touchdown pass from Romo.
*One of the things running backs coach Skip Peete talks about is picking up the blitz. Felix Jones did a nice job of it when Butler came charging through. There were several formations where the Cowboys used Tashard Choice and Jones in the backfield. Choice scored out of the Razorback on a run up the middle.
*Secondary coach Dave Campo is not afraid to send his younger players against the veterans. Campo told rookie Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to press Roy Williams with Kitna at quarterback. Williams gained some space after the jam.
*Centers Andre Gurode and Phil Costa had some low snaps when the Cowboys were out of the shotgun.