Sunday, August 18, 2013
Special teams woes continue
By Calvin Watkins
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After such a poor special teams outing last week in Oakland, the Dallas Cowboys fared slightly better against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
Dwayne Harris muffed a punt after the Cowboys' defense force a three-and-out to start the game and later the special teams unit allowed a 28-yard kickoff return.
"Dwayne Harris is trying to hold it, the guy comes back in from the back," coach Jason Garrett said of Harris' miscue.
In the last two weeks, the Cowboys have had two muffed punts, a blocked field goal and allowed at least two kick returns of over 25 yards.
Garrett said after the Raiders game he was pleased with how the younger players reacted to the speed of the game on special teams but still wanted execution. The players ran well on all the special teams units, but it should be somewhat concerning the special teams units have gone consecutive weeks with turnovers.
Harris appears safe as the punt returner, but the Cowboys had receiver Miles Austin and B.W. Webb fielding punts in practice. Webb has also fielded punts in preseason games but Austin is just doing in case something happens to Harris from a injury standpoint.