Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cowboys wakeup call: Day 21
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 and Oakland Raiders will conclude their two-day session with a 10:30 a.m. PT practice. Jason Garrett said the work would mostly focus on different game situations.
Quick thoughts on Tuesday’s practice:
- First-round pick Zack Martin continues to impress. He has won most of his battles with Henry Melton in camp and he welcomed Raiders hefty defensive tackle Pat Sims to the one-on-one pass rush drills by pancaking him. Later Martin dominated defensive end Shelby Harris.
- Ronald Leary took the first-team snaps at left guard for the entire practice for the first time on Tuesday, which was a first in camp. He got planted on his back on the second play of team drills by Antonio Smith. Most of the Cowboys runs were to the left behind Leary and Tyron Smith.
What I’m watching: With two fights and a couple of shoving matches in Tuesday’s workout, it will be interesting to see how physical today’s session becomes.
- Wide receiver Cole Beasley had a productive day, toying with Carlos Rogers on a slot route, setting him up with a slow start off the line and a quick head and shoulder fake that allowed Tony Romo a free lane for a nice gain. Beasley later put together a spin move on a bubble screen that left linebacker Larry Asante looking for help.
Most of the work will be situational in nature, looking more like the Blue-White scrimmage from Aug. 3. Those can tend to get heated because both sides of the ball will not give in. Remember there was a Cowboy-on-Cowboy fight between Dez Bryant and J.J. Wilcox.
The first-team offense had just three drives against the Raiders defense, totaling 15 plays. With the heavy situational work, that could double depending on how much the coaches on both teams want their regulars to work.
They said it: “It’s a long list and there are some things that can be complicated about that list. I don’t know that I’m going to stand up in a team meeting and go down that list with everybody but that information is in front of them. We will try to keep it in front of them, really that thesis of making sure they understand they control their body, what goes in it is there responsibility. Just keep saying it. Keep letting them know that and inform them about what is allowed and what's not allowed. Hopefully we will learn from everybody situation.” -- Coach Jason Garrett on whether he will re-enforce what is on the NFL’s banned substance list in relation to Orlando Scandrick's suspension.