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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Cowboys wakeup call: Day 18

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 have changed their schedule and will practice at 3:45 p.m. PT today. Jason Garrett’s news conference is at noon. Practice was scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

Quick thoughts on Saturday’s practice:
What I’m watching: Kenneth Boatright has had five practices with the Cowboys, but he might be working his way into the discussion making the 53-man roster. He looks the part and had a tackle for loss and quarterback hurry vs. the Chargers. He was getting a crash course on special teams, which is a sign the Cowboys are looking for a way to him to stick longer-term.

Romo has spent some time with rookie wide receiver Devin Street in camp. If he is doing something like that, then perhaps Smith can have a game-day role. Let's see how that develops.

The backup offensive tackle spot might bear some watching. John Wetzel is drawing some attention. He was added to the practice squad late last season, and with Darrion Weems suffering a dislocated shoulder, Wetzel has received more playing time. He still has a ways to go to push Jermey Parnell, but the coaches like what they have seen.

They said it: "I expect it. I don’t want to be pleased. It’s the standard. It’s the standard that we want to do.” – defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli after a better performance in practice from the defense Saturday than in the San Diego game.