Friday, August 12, 2011
Stock Report: Dwayne Harris shines
By Calvin Watkins
The first preseason game is over, but it's just the beginning for our weekly Stock Reports. We're back for another season to let you know who did well and who didn't.
Here we go:
Dwayne Harris: The sixth-round pick had a monster game with five catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. His 76-yard reception displayed his speed where he caught a two-yard pass from Stephen McGee and outran the defense. It's one thing to have speed and another thing to know how to use it and that's what Harris did by taking his time after catching the ball and putting it into a second gear once he saw some room. One of his best catches was on a slant where after catching the ball he ducked under a defender to get more yards.
Felix Jones: Do you have any more questions about whether or not Jones can become a lead back? Jones carried only three times but his 18 yard gain, up the middle, where he made several defenders miss, was a small sampling of what he could be this season. He also took a screen 16-yards. The best part about the reception is how Jones read the blocks and was patient before exploding down the field.
Victor Butler: He continues to impress the coaches and scouts and is making a case for more playing time in 2011. He finished with five tackles, tying veteran Bradie James, but Butler also had a tackle for loss and was quite active against the run. You always see player do a lot of big things in training camp but fail to deliver in the preseason, not Butler, who is off to a good start.
Lonyae Miller: In training camp practices in San Antonio, Miller was very impressive against a variety of defenses. He showed a great burst and vision while getting down field. Too many times on Thursday night, Miller just ran into piles and didn't make anybody miss. Now the backup offensive lines struggled to make holes for him but it seemed Miller ran tired. He finished with 11 yards on nine carries.
First-team defense: This is a unit that finished 31st in scoring defense last season and gave up more points than any team in franchise history. Denver drove the length of the field against them on the first possession before settling for a field goal. There wasn't much of a push up front in terms of stopping the run, Knowshon Moreno had gains of 4, 6, 7 and 6 yards. Willis McGahee gained 5, 12 and three yards. There was also a 29-yard pass completion on third down. Things will get better as the players get more comfortable with the system.
Backup offensive line: The makeshift first-team was fine, as evident by Felix Jones' 7.7 yards per carry average, but Stephen McGee was sacked three times, Lonyae Miller couldn't find any holes (1.2 average) and there were seven quarterback hurries allowed. Cowboys might have find a veteran here in the next few days to help build some depth.