Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Camp observations: Brandon Carr's press
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – You didn’t think we’d go without observations off minicamp practice No. 2, did you? Well, sometimes real life gets in the way and after a little bit of a delay, here we go with some Wednesday notes:
** It’s difficult to gauge offensive line play without pads on, but LG Nate Livings had a nice kick out block of LB Victor Butler to propel Phillip Tanner for a big gain during a team period. With Anthony Spencer missing practice with a knee injury, Butler was the starter on the strong side.
** WR Dwayne Harris had a nice day but faded a little bit late with a drop near the end zone in a two-minute drill. He hauled in a touchdown pass from Stephen McGee on a delayed route in which he caught CB C.J. Wilson sleeping. In seven-on-seven tight red zone drills, he made a bobbling, falling catch of a Tony Romo pass in the back of the end zone while being harassed by CB Brandon Carr.
** Speaking of Carr, when he gets his hands on receivers they all have a difficult time breaking free. Raymond Radway was unable to get off the jam at the line of scrimmage. Carr has been impressive and the coaches believe his press technique will be a help to the receivers when the season starts.
** Romo’s best throw might have been a third (or fourth) read to RB DeMarco Murray near the goal line. After faking a pitch to Murray, Romo initially looked for Dez Bryant on a quick stutter-go but the defense read the play well. Instead, Romo was able to narrowly float a pass just out of DeMarcus Ware’s reach to Murray. It was the perfect blend of touch and power, especially close to the goal line.
** DE Kenyon Coleman did a nice job of stopping Murray on a power run by slipping through the line. DE Marcus Spears also snuffed out a screen to John Phillips.
** WR Cole Beasley went down in the end zone on a crossing route and suffered what he called a hyper-extended right knee. He was examined by the medical staff and was running later but did not appear to take more snaps.
** CB Isaac Madison had two interceptions. The first came when he ripped a McGee pass away from Saalim Hakim in seven-on-seven drills. His second came when he came off a deep receiver to come up with a turnover of Rudy Carpenter, who was just attempting to get rid of the ball.
** McGee was much sharper Wednesday. He got his second straight day of extended snaps with Kyle Orton out with a hamstring injury. He ended the second-team offense’s two-minute drill with a perfect throw to Phillips just out of the reach of S Justin Taplin-Ross.