Friday, July 26, 2013
Cowboys practice report: Day 6
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys worked on late-game situations and punt coverage.
- When the Cowboys worked on late-game situations, we thought the team didn't take enough shots to the end zone. Most of the passes were underneath and quick throws. We would have liked to see a few deep balls to the speedy receivers. A prime example was after the defense was called offside, Tony Romo didn't throw a deep pass; instead he threw two quick throws to Anthony Armstrong, then a spike. Romo threw away his next pass and the Cowboys kicked a field goal estimated at 50 yards. The drill started with the offense down 24-23 with 1:36 to play in the game. That seemed like plenty of time for the Cowboys to take a few shots at the end zone.
- Terrance Williams had his best day of training camp. After a slow start, Williams has picked things up of late. Williams said he's working hard on taking notes and doing what the coaches are telling him. Williams made a nice diving catch on a slant from Romo during team drills and scored a touchdown.
- Both Sean Lee and Bruce Carter made an impact on the same play. Carter pushed Romo out of the pocket, forcing the referees to throw a flag on Doug Free for holding. Lee tipped the pass away as Romo made a dangerous throw against his body intended for Jason Witten. It was Romo's only bad pass of the day.
- With Miles Austin given the day off to rest, Cole Beasley lined up as the first-team slot receiver and Williams moved to the first team opposite Bryant.
- Armstrong had a strong day, with a touchdown catch over Micah Pellerin on a back-shoulder throw from Romo. Armstrong got open against the first- and second-team defense and made some plays in the late-game situation drills.
- DeMarco Murray made a nice catch over the middle but fumbled the ball when Lee poked it out. The entire defense has been in force turnover mode under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
- Chris Jones did a nice job punting against the wind while backed up in the end zone. Jones had hang times of 4.1, 4.2 and 4.7 seconds. In comparison, Spencer Benton punted with the wind and got hang times of 3.7, 4.7 and 3.8 seconds.
- Joseph Randle is still behind Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner on the depth chart, but it's the little things that hurt the rookie running back. He muffed a punt on the scout team.
- During linemen drills, Nate Livings made his presence felt when he stopped Landon Cohen. After the drill was over, Livings gave Cohen a playful shove.
- The second-team offensive line is as follows: LT Darrion Weems, LG Kevin Kowalski, C Phil Costa, RG Ray Dominguez and RT Edawn Cougham. Line coach Bill Callahan was raving about Kowalski's improvement as a blocker and said he's the best note-taker he's ever seen.