Friday, August 2, 2013
Cowboys practice report: Day 11
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- In Friday's practice, the Dallas Cowboys worked on more situational plays, field goals, special teams and simulated what type of plays the Miami Dolphins might run in Sunday's Hall of Fame game.
- Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau made his training camp debut in the afternoon. Bernadeau got snaps with the first- and second-team units at left and right guard. Bernadeau isn't expected to play in Sunday's exhibition opener, but the Cowboys want to give him as many snaps as possible to workout any potential rust.
- Dez Bryant hardly, if ever, drops passes, but on a quick slant he let a pass hit him in the chest resulting in a drop. Bryant seemed to hurt his hand momentarily because he was shaking it as he walked to the sidelines.
- Tony Romo finished the first two weeks of camp in strong fashion by completing 6-of-10 passes in team drills.
- The Cowboys put left tackle Tyron Smith and left guard Ronald Leary to work on three consecutive run plays by DeMarco Murray who gained at least five yards on each run. Romo then threw a pass in the flat to Murray on the left side, and he dropped it. That was followed up by Romo connecting on a pass to Dwayne Harris.
- Kyle Orton made some questionable throws during team drills. He badly overthrew a pass toward the corner of the end zone, then threw another pass away while looking at Anthony Armstrong.
- >During the morning walkthrough, the first-team offense worked on taking a knee.
- Will Bill Callahan call more tricks plays than Jason Garrett as playcaller? The Cowboys ran a reverse with Harris and a direct snap to Lance Dunbar on consecutive plays.
- When Terrance Williams went down because of a possible concussion, Cole Beasley moved to the slot and Harris became the No. 3 receiver.
- Tight end James Hanna returned to practice after missing nearly a week because of a strained hamstring. Hanna ran nice routes and didn't appear to have any problems.
- DeMarcus Ware pushed Smith back into the backfield during a pass play. Smith has struggled at times this camp and this was one of those moments.
- The defensive line is a closely-knit group. Newly signed defensive end Toby Jackson was getting some pass-rush lessons from Ware and from assistant line coach Leon Lett.
- Linebacker Caleb McSurdy picked up a nice pass breakup on a pass from Orton to Tim Benford.
- There's no way kicker Dan Bailey is going to lose his job, but punter Spencer Benton had a rough day attempting field goals. Benton went 1-for-6 on field-goal tries and failed to reach the goalpost on three kicks in the 40-yard range. Yet, Benton did a strong job on punting with his hang time and pinning the returner near the goal line. Harris fielded a punt at the goal line, which is considered a no-no.
- Garrett made the players take their shoulder pads and helmets off and conduct a walkthrough in the last 30 minutes of practice. When the practice was over, Garrett met with the team and instead of a post-practice stretch, the team did jumping jacks and ended practice for the day.
- Actor and Director Peter Berg attended practice.