Saturday, August 10, 2013
Stock Report: Tony Romo up and B.W. Webb down
By Calvin Watkins
OAKLAND -- The aftermath of the Cowboys' 19-17 loss to the Raiders here on Friday night means it's time for another Stock Report.
Tony Romo He made his preseason debut and completed six of eight passes for 88 yards. Romo was sacked once, but did a nice job moving out of the pocket. He pumped faked a defender in the air and completed a slant to Dez Bryant in the second quarter. While Romo has a good chemistry with Bryant, he's also finding a nice groove with Miles Austin as well.
Monte Kiffin The man knows turnovers. In the first two preseason games, the Cowboys defense has forced four turnovers, including two Friday night. Sean Lee forced one with a sack leading to Jason Hatcher's recovery. J.J. Wilcox also has a turnover, getting an interception.
Offensive line It was only one sack, and that's OK, but the Cowboys offensive line gave Romo time to find receivers down field and displayed the run lanes needed for the running game. There was plenty of concern about this line, but the interior, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick and Mackenzy Bernadeau, did a good job of sealing blocks.
B.W. Webb A long night for the rookie cornerback. He looked lost on pass coverage, muffed a punt and was called out by his coach Jason Garrett who said he can't afford to have bad nights. We believe the rookie will make the team, but he needs to pick it up.
Special teams Where do you want to start? Blocked field goal, 51 kick return allowed, a muffed punt and a few mental mistakes. The Cowboys special teams units took a step back Friday night. Garrett said he like the effort from the younger players but not the execution.
Jared Green It appears the Cowboys will keep five receivers on the 53-man roster. However, if the Cowboys keep more, Green was moving up the depth chart along with Anthony Armstrong. Green suffered two fourth quarter drops as the Cowboys were rallying. Not going to help his cause.