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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cowboys OTA observations

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Day 2 of the Cowboys' organized team activities is today, but it is closed to the media. Here some observations from Day 1:

  • What did Tony Romo actually do on the field? He was coach-like, especially with the receivers, tight ends and running backs. He also worked with the younger quarterbacks on footwork on handoffs.

  • CB Morris Claiborne was busy in team drills. On the first play of team exercises, he was late to react to a stop route by WR Dez Bryant. The good news? On the next play he broke up a slant to Bryant.

  • QB Kyle Orton wasn’t as sharp as normal with the full reps. He was late and low to TE Jason Witten during team throws.

  • DE Ben Bass did a nice job of disengaging from a blocker on a screen pass to eat up RB Lance Dunbar in the flat. RB Phillip Tanner was able to break through an earlier screen after getting sprung by LG Nate Livings and C Travis Frederick.

  • LB Brandon Magee dropped TE Andre Smith with a hit across the middle that drew some anger from coaches and players in the non-contact drills. After a quiet rookie minicamp, it was at least good to see Magee break up a pass, even if he was a little too exuberant.

  • Tanner missed a block of DE Anthony Spencer that allowed a sack of Orton in the final round of 11-on-11 drills.

  • After making a number of nice plays in the rookie camp, WR Jared Green continued to perform Monday with three more catches in team and seven-on-seven drills.

  • WR Terrance Williams had a drop on a high throw from Dalton Williams near the sideline. While the throw was off, it was a catch Williams should have made.

  • RT Jermey Parnell missed a block on a bubble screen to WR Miles Austin that negated what could have been a big play.