Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Cowboys practice report: Day 9
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys worked on short-yardage, two-minute and goal-line situations in addition to individual drills during Tuesday's practice.
" Quarterback Tony Romo participated in the session after convincing the coaches he didn't want a day off. Romo looked good moving around the pocket and was throwing tight spirals. He showed good movement when flushed out of the pocket by Kyle Wilber in the goal-line drills. Romo scrambled to his right and threw a hard pass into the end zone.
" Without a fullback on the roster, the Cowboys used Dante Rosario as the H-back on goal-line plays. The first run of the drill came with Rosario blocking for running back Phillip Tanner. Tanner followed that up with a good block on defensive tackle Monte Taylor. Tanner's block allowed Kyle Orton time to throw a touchdown pass to Rosario in the back of the end zone.
*Joseph Randle had his best day in camp by scoring twice in the short-yardage drills. It seems he's able to get low when he hits the hole, something he's been working on in practice. Coach Jason Garrett said Randle is expected to get plenty of carries during the preseason and training camp. He's been behind Lance Dunbar, Tanner and DeMarco Murray in terms of practice reps. Tuesday, Garrett gave Randle his most carries of camp.
" Safety Matt Johnson is technically a rookie. He missed all of last season with a hamstring injury, and the time away shows. On a short pass to Rosario, Johnson came up fast to make the tackle, but the tight end side-stepped him and ran down the field. Johnson is anxious to make plays, but if he had slowed down, he would have made the tackle for a loss.
" Cole Beasley (quad) returned to practice after missing two days of work and dropped two passes. After his last drop, a player on the sidelines yelled at him to take his gloves off.
" DeMarcus Ware is such an explosive force on defense, making plays all over the field. During an end-around with receiver Dwayne Harris, Ware came from the other side of the field and yanked him down from the shoulder pads after a short gain. You could blame Gavin Escobar for missing the block or Ware's being too fast to stop. During pass-rush drills, Ware worked on both the left and right sides, and while Tyron Smith and Doug Free held their own at times, Ware's speed allowed him to beat Free quickly for a sack. Taylor also beat Free during the pass rush.
" Linebackers Alex Albright and Ernie Sims got some first-team snaps with Justin Durant getting a day off.
" Wide receiver Terrance Williams displayed his speed after catching a hitch and getting downfield. Williams got off the line of scrimmage quickly, displayed patience by catching the pass and quickly got downfield.
" "Gossip Girl" and "Revenge" TV star Connor Paolo was in attendance.
*William Wesley, otherwise known as 'World Wide Wes', a consultant for many NBA players, who works for CAA, attended practice.