Sunday, August 11, 2013
W2W4: Cowboys training camp: Day 14
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys begin their final week of training camp Sunday with a 7 p.m. CT practice, 5 p.m. PT.
The undated injury report: There's always something right? Well, wide receiver Cole Beasley hurt his left foot in the Oakland loss on Friday night and his status for this week is in question. There is some good news, rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams is expected to return after missing the game with a concussion. Cornerback Morris Claiborne could also return Sunday after missing the Raiders game with a sore knee. Linebacker Alex Albright (back) is also expected on the practices fields.
Brian Waters update: The Cowboys are interested in obtaining the veteran guard to improve the offensive line. The Cowboys were spurned in their attempts to sign Brandon Moore, who elected to retire instead of playing in 2013. Waters hasn't played since 2011 when he was with the New England Patriots. If Waters is signed he'll get a chance to compete for the starting right guard position with Mackenzy Bernadeau.
Who needs a good week: Let's start with safety J.J. Wilcox, who led the team with six tackles and one interception against the Raiders. We're not picking on Wilcox, because he's still learning how to play safety, but he needs better ball awareness. Same can be said of cornerback B.W. Webb who missed a few tackles and allowed a receiver to get behind him. Webb also muffed a punt. Gavin Escobar has to improve his blocking and route running. The rookie, a second-round pick, is behind James Hanna on the depth chart. Special teams had a rough night in Oakland. A muffed punt, a 51-yard kick return was allowed, a blocked field goal and some mental mistakes. George Selvie played well in the first preseason game against the third teamers. Faced with the starters and second-teamers in Oakland, he struggled.
Moving up: Joseph Randle, the rookie running back, is still behind DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner, but you can tell he's got the skills. He displays good vision and isn't afraid of contact. Left guard Ronald Leary is making the Cowboys forget Nate Livings. Leary had a solid night in Oakland playing the first half. The more snaps he gets the better he's becoming. Defensive tackle Ben Bass had only one tackle but he was a force along the defensive line.