Saturday, July 27, 2013
Camp observations: Romo sharpens up
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -- About two hours before Friday’s practice, Tony Romo was on the practice field working on his mechanics, throwing passes to a member of the athletic training staff.
Whatever it was Romo was focusing on, it worked.
In team and 7-on-7 drills, Romo completed 21 of 32 passes and directed three game-winning drives in situational work that ended in two Dan Bailey field goal attempts and an Anthony Armstrong touchdown catch. In 7-on-7 drills, he threw back-to-back touchdown passes to Jason Witten and Cole Beasley.
Also from Friday's activity:
- How good can Bruce Carter and Sean Lee be? Carter forced an early throw with pressure on a blitz and Lee forced a fumble on DeMarco Murray on the next play. The other starting linebacker, Justin Durant, knocked down a pass two plays later. Carter later knocked down a pass to the wide side of the field intended for receiver Dez Bryant, and Lee broke up a pass to Witten.
- With Miles Austin given a day of rest, Beasley saw action in the slot with the first team. He and Romo are developing nice chemistry. On the first situational drill, Beasley caught three of Romo’s four completions. He was able to get away from Lee, Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne.
- Scandrick came up with a sack off the slot on what appeared to be an assignment bust. Scandrick has 6.5 career sacks; His season high was 2.5, which is a number he could surpass with the way Monte Kiffin likes to pressure.
- Alex Tanney took the first of the third-team quarterback snaps for the first time. Nick Stephens had handled the opening snaps since camp opened. Stephens, however, had a nice touchdown throw to WR Eric Rogers in 7-on-7 work with a high throw to the pylon.
- Wide receiver Tim Benford has had a slow start to camp in part because he missed most of the offseason due to knee surgery, but he had the catch of the day with a diving grab of a Kyle Orton pass to set up what was Bailey’s third game-winning kick of the day.
- Witten’s touchdown catch in 7-on-7s came on a play the Cowboys need to run more. He set up safety Barry Church with an out move before turning upfield for Romo’s throw.
- Orton was 16-of-19 for the day. He directed the second-team offense on a TD drive that ended in a touchdown for running back Lance Dunbar, who took advantage of a breakdown that left the middle of the field completely open at the goal line.
- Jason Garrett hung to his accountability rules. After the first-team offense had a false start, in came the second team. When the second unit had a false start on the next step, in came the third team. It left offensive tackle Darrion Weems blocking defensive end DeMarcus Ware, and Ware came up with the stop on Joseph Randle at the line of scrimmage.