Friday, November 25, 2011
Stock Report: Robinson up; Jones is down
By Calvin Watkins
Another close victory for the Cowboys, this one over the Redskins 20-19, and with that we give you our weekly Stock Report of who is playing well and who isn't.
Laurent Robinson: The man catches touchdown passes and is almost as good as Dez Bryant at getting free when a play breaks down. Robinson had seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, he should have done a better job of shielding himself from the receiver on a Tony Romo pick, but overall another solid game.
Anthony Spencer: It's easy to forget how good he is sometimes because he doesn't rush the passer with the same frequency as DeMarcus Ware. Spencer made life difficult for Jake Long and Marc Colombo and he finished with eight tackles, three tackles for loss and one pass breakup. Solid all-around effort.
Sean Lee: He's playing with one hand, but that didn't stop him from popping Reggie Bush on a pitch play and finishing with seven tackles, a cheap sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. Lee continues to show the coaches he can react well on run plays and isn't a liability in pass coverage.
Felix Jones: Zero rushes. One catch for 4 yards. Four kick returns for 74 yards. Not much production. Thursday's game was another indication of how far Jones' stock has fallen at Valley Ranch. Jones is still a good player, but not getting a carry was an interesting decision by Jason Garrett. We did like his 24-yard kick return, but we need more out of this player.
Pass defense: The great Matt Moore threw for 288 yards and wasn't picked off. There were two pass interference penalties, two penalties by secondary players on a late go-ahead drive by the Dolphins and too many open receivers all over the field. There was pressure on Moore, but not enough plays by the secondary.
Penalties: Depending on whom you speak with, penalties are either on a coach or his players. The Cowboys were flagged a season-high 11 times for 69 yards. That sounds like Wade Phillips is still coaching this team. One thing we like under Garrett is the Cowboys' ability to play some disciplined football. It didn't happen on Thursday.