Monday, August 4, 2014
Cowboys wakeup call: Day 12
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -- Every day of Dallas Cowboys training camp we’ll offer up a wake-up call that offers a quick review of the previous day and a preview of the current day.
Today’s schedule: The Cowboys will practice at 5:15 p.m. to allow for a little more time to rest up following Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage. Jason Garrett’s news conference is at noon.
Quick thoughts on Sunday’s practice:
- Rookie wide receiver Devin Street had a productive practice. He took a bubble screen in for a score with safety Ahmad Dixon taking a bad angle. In seven-on-seven drills he made a nice fingertip snag of a Brandon Weeden throw down the seam.
- Before hurting his left ankle, safety Barry Church made a great play on a Tony Romo flag route to the corner for tight end Gavin Escobar.
- Sunday's practice did not feature much of the running game. DeMarco Murray had only two carries in five situational drills. He caught two passes out of the backfield.
- In five padded practices so far, Romo has completed 55 of 84 passes, unofficially.
What I’m watching: Does Rolando McClain practice? The Cowboys have ramped up his work over the last few days, but he suffered a hamstring strain that kept him from Sunday’s practice after special teams drills. He was set to take first-team snaps. Jason Garrett commended McClain’s conditioning but now the Cowboys might have to monitor his work leading into Thursday’s preseason opener against the Chargers.
- As practice wore on, rookie cornerback Tyler Patmon improved. He was able to sift through a bubble screen to Tim Benford from Dustin Vaughan and plant the receiver on his back with a good tackle. He was also able to break up a Weeden throw down the sideline to help the second-team defense win one of the situational periods.
Does Tony Romo practice? He said he will “probably” practice Monday and sit on Tuesday. The Tuesday practice is going to be mostly about the Chargers, and Romo has been all but ruled out of that game. If he doesn’t practice Monday and takes part in a short Tuesday practice, then he would go three straight days without meaningful work.
Ronald Leary took his first turn with the first team offense on Sunday. How much more does he work in after opening camp as a spectator because of a hamstring injury?
They said it: “I thought it was really good. I thought there were a lot of really positive things from it. I told our guys afterwards it’s the best opportunity for us to evaluate them. It’s the biggest test we’ve had up to this point. It was very situational for the more veteran players, did a lot of red zone stuff, a lot of two-minute type stuff, that was really good for our football team to see how those guys responded. Guys who have been around here and also the newer guys. And then for the younger guys at the end they got a chance to play tackle football, which was a good opportunity that I’m not quite sure we took full advantage of. They got a lot of work up to that point, the snap and urgency at that point of the practice wasn’t as good as the rest of it.” -- Jason Garrett on his assessment of Sunday’s practice for the veterans and scrimmage for the younger players.