Monday, August 1, 2011
Todd Archer's practice observations
By Todd Archer
SAN ANTONIO -- ** In the morning workout, backup C Bill Nagy and QB Jon Kitna worked on the snap exchange after they had some issues Sunday. They did not appear to have any problems Monday. Phil Costa had a high shotgun snap to Tony Romo that disrupted the timing on a handoff.
** How strong is OT Tyron Smith’s punch? During individual drills with fellow offensive lineman, he was able to knock a spinning Nagy off balance.
** New coordinator Rob Ryan must love what he is getting from DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff. They have been disruptive every day. Ware forced a Romo throwaway and also chewed up a reverse to WR Manny Johnson. Ratliff thwarted a run by RB Felix Jones after bullying Costa into the backfield at the snap. Later, a Ratliff pressure led to a Ware interception.
**TE Martellus Bennett made a great leaping grab of a Romo throw near the sideline as CB Orlando Scandrick closed quickly. Bennett was able to rip the ball away from Scandrick and turn upfield for what could have been a touchdown in red-zone drills.
** Jones was upset with himself over a drop after Romo split LBs Sean Lee and Anthony Spencer. If he came up with the grab, the middle of the field was wide open for a big gain.
** Second-year NT Josh Brent was able to beat Nagy off the snap to get to Kitna before the quarterback could even hand the ball off. Brent has had a solid start to camp.
** He may have a difficult time making the team given the recent signings, but DE Sean Lissemore did a nice job disengaging from Tyron Smith to stop Jones for no gain.
** RBs Lonyae Miller and Phillip Tanner had some good runs early in practice. After Tanner stuck his foot in the ground and turned upfield on a run to the right, injured RB Tashard Choice yelled some encouraging words to the undrafted rookie.
**Undrafted WR Raymond Radway has impressed early in camp. He was able to come down with a touchdown catch of a perfectly thrown pass from Stephen McGee in 7-on-7 drills after the quarterback drew CB Josh Thomas to the inside, freeing up space high and near the pylon for Radway.
** RB DeMarco Murray, LB Bruce Carter and LB Keith Brooking went through a longer session of rehab with associate athletic trainer Britt Brown on Monday.