Saturday, August 9, 2014
Cowboys Camp Report: Day 17
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Dallas Cowboys training camp:
- Since Wade Wilson said Tony Romo was being tentative with his deep throws last week, maybe it was not a coincidence that Romo's first throw of one-on-one drills was a perfect go route to Dez Bryant. Romo continued to attack downfield, connecting on a go route with a diving Terrance Williams. Later in 7-on-7 drills he gashed the defense with a throw down the seam to Jason Witten. In situational work he hit Cole Beasley between the linebackers and safety with a good throw.
- On the day, Romo completed 21 of 30 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills in his first work since a four-day break surrounding the first preseason game. He is expected to practice again Sunday with the team having its last day off in camp Monday. The Oakland Raiders will visit for two practices Tuesday and Wednesday.
- After a poor showing against the San Diego Chargers, it was a bounce-back day of sorts for the defense. In situational work the first- and second-team defenses forced stops on two of three drives. Orlando Scandrick broke up a Romo throw in the end zone to Bryant. Terrance Mitchell broke up a pass for the second team from Brandon Weeden to Devin Street.
- Cornerback Brandon Carr did not take part in any team drills in his first training camp practice of the summer. After going through the morning walkthrough, he took part in the afternoon walkthrough and individual drills but was not in pads. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (knee), cornerback Sterling Moore (groin), linebacker Will Smith (groin) and linebacker Rolando McClain (quadriceps) were in pads but did not take part in team drills. Barry Church returned to practice after missing two days and the San Diego game with a minor ankle sprain.
- As he did against the Chargers, safety Jeff Heath worked the slot in the nickel defense for the first team. With Claiborne, Carr and Moore sitting, the Cowboys do not have enough corners to handle the slot, choosing to keep B.W. Webb outside in practice. Before the game, Heath had not taken a training camp snap at the nickel spot.
- Kicker Dan Bailey has not missed a kick from 50 or more yards yet in training camp. He hit three more Saturday from 50, 53 and 55 yards. He has missed just three kicks all camp.