Thursday, August 8, 2013
Camp observations: Offense rebounds
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. – Jason Garrett said one of the best parts of Cowboys’ training camp so far has been back and forth race between the offense and defense each day, each period of practice, each play.
On Tuesday, the defense won. On Wednesday, the offense won.
On to the observations to find out:
**Tony Romo completed just 13 of 27 passes on Tuesday in team and seven on seven drills. He went six of seven on Wednesday in team drills. Why so few passes? The second half of practice was game plan work for Friday’s game against Oakland conducted without shoulder pads and helmets.
** Romo’s first pass of the day in 11 on 11 work was a deep ball down the left sideline to WR Dez Bryant, who beat CB Brandon Underwood for the big gain. Underwood was the third cornerback with CB Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr not practicing.
** Romo’s prettiest throw of the day came in situational work. He looked to his left to freeze S Barry Church just enough as TE Jason Witten worked LB Justin Durant wide to the right before coming back to the middle of the field. The throw as on the spot and Witten was able to knock down Church as he neared the goal line.
** On the next play, RB DeMarco Murray sprinted to his right for a touchdown but he nearly fumbled the exchange from Romo. The blocking was so good, that he was still able to score.
** Lance Dunbar and Ernie Sims got into a scrum Tuesday. On Wednesday Dunbar got some on-field revenge by side-stepping the linebacker on a pass to the flat, cutting back inside for a nice pickup.
** TE Gavin Escobar made a nice reception on a pass down the seam from QB Kyle Orton after getting behind LB Brandon Magee. He even hung on after taking a side-hit from CB Xavier Brewer.
** WR Miles Austin took a big hit from DE DeMarcus Ware, but was able to leave the first-team defense in his wake with the offense coming out of the end zone. He had a long gain on a deep crossing route from Romo, which was followed two plays later by a 40-plus yard pickup on a slant. LB Sean Lee was so upset about the misplay by the defense that he sprinted all the way down the field to chase Austin.
** In one-on-one red-zone work, WR Danny Coale looked as smooth as he has looked in his two seasons. Coming off a knee injury Coale is playing catchup. He was able to make a nice head and shoulder fake to the outside before cutting across the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
** CB Micah Pellerin was ready to matchup against Bryant in one-on-one work, but coach Jason Garrett called on Orlando Scandrick to fill in. Pellerin walked off upset, and Bryant came down with a fade route for a TD in the corner of the end zone.