Saturday, July 27, 2013
Cowboys practice report: Day 6
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was pleased with the Saturday afternoon practice.
Garrett was displeased with the morning walkthrough practice because of mental and physical mistakes. Garrett said he's got high standards for the team regarding the walkthroughs.
But things improved in an afternoon session that didn't have Cole Beasley (knee), Dez Bryant (hip) and DeMarcus Ware (rest) for practice.
- Running back DeMarco Murray said he will not curtail his aggressive style this season despite a rule change that says ball carriers can't led with the crown of their helmet. So what does Murray do now? Well, Murray stiff-armed defensive end George Selvie in the upper chest with a run off the edge.
- Quarterback Tony Romo continues to look good on the move. Under pressure from defensive end Monte Taylor, Romo pumped faked the defender in the air and found tight end Gavin Escobar downfield. But Escobar didn't reward Romo for his hard work because he dropped the ball.
- Taylor has slowed down the last few days as the defensive end, but he did a nice job of holding his ground when tight end Dante Rosario tried a block. Rosario bounced off Taylor, who made a tackle on Phillip Tanner.
- The second-team offensive line is as follows: left tackle Darrion Weems, left guard Ray Dominguez, center Phil Costa, right guard Kevin Kowalski and right tackle Edawn Coughman.
- Even when receiver Eric Rogers doesn't make a catch he does the necessary work of making sure defensive backs don't. On a jumpball in the end zone, Brandon Underwood clearly had the ball, but Rogers knocked it out of his hands for an incompletion.
- Receiver Jared Green had the presence to get both feet in at the back of the end zone as he caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.
- The Cowboys worked on bunch formations and trips during individual drills. It was solid work for both the defensive backs and receivers. It made man corners such as Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne give space to the receivers at the line of scrimmage and it also challenged them to move their feet to get to the receiver.
- The Cowboys running backs have been solid this camp. Murray made some nice cuts to avoid tacklers including one play where Kyle Wilber broke through the line of scrimmage and thought he had a tackle. Lance Dunbar was very good as well on cutting back to find a hole.
- Despite the conditions, 64 degrees with a slight wind, the fan attendance was 5,411.