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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Camp observations: Cowboys D wins the day

By Todd Archer

OXNARD, Calif. – Back at work for the first time after Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game win against Miami, the Cowboys’ defense got the better of the offense on Tuesday.

DeMarcus Ware had a full sack of Tony Romo; Jason Hatcher and Nick Hayden split one. Sean Lee had an interception of Romo. Orlando Scandrick knocked down a pass. The second-team defense was able to force a punt after three plays in situational work and the third-team defense ended a drive with a Landon Cohen pressure.

  • The offensive highlight of the day might have been Dan Bailey’s 60-yard field goal. It was aided by a strong breeze, but it was true and had plenty of room to spare. In special teams, work Bailey went four of six, missing to the left from 44 yards and to the right from 50 yards.

  • Filling in for CB Brandon Carr, who was with his girlfriend to attend the birth of his child, Scandrick had a strong practice. He had the aforementioned deflection, which really should have been a pick, on a throw to Dez Bryant, and snuffed out a rocket screen to WR Dwayne Harris to force Romo to throw the ball into the ground.

  • DE Ben Bass had back-to-back solid plays in run drills, penetrating the gap to force Romo out of the pocket and stopping RB Lance Dunbar.

  • TE Dante Rosario showed up with a couple of nice catches from QB Kyle Orton in team drills. The second one ate up some good yards on a tight end screen after DE Kyle Wilber brought some pressure.

  • OL Ryan Cook practiced for the first time in a week, splitting time at guard and center. He had been slowed by a sore back.

  • Bryant might be a little sore today. In two-on-two drills he collided with Scandrick and was slow to get up but did not miss a rep. Later in practice he appeared to get his foot stepped on but was able to return after limping off.

  • After dropping a pass in on-air drills, Harris took his place in line again to make sure he got it right. As a group, however, there were far too many drops by the wide receivers in practice. There were five alone in one-on-one drills.

  • We’ll end on a positive for Bryant and CB Morris Claiborne. On the second rep of one-on-one drills, Bryant made a leaping grab over Claiborne on a deep ball. On their next pairing against each other, Claiborne poked a shallow crossing route away from Bryant.