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Cowboys sign two offensive linemen

August, 1, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys signed two offensive linemen, guard Jeff Olson from TCU and tackle James Nelson from UT-El Paso, on Thursday.

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To make room on the 90-man roster, the team cut defensive end Cameron Sheffield and cornerback Devin Smith. Sheffield was battling a groin injury that was going to keep him out a few weeks.

Six Cowboys offensive linemen are hurt, so Dallas had a shortage of natural guards available for Sunday's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Olson was released by Tampa Bay on Monday.

Nelson has an impressive arm length of 36 1/2 inches, which is longer than Luke Joeckel's 34 1/4-inch arms. Joeckel was the No. 2 pick of the 2012 NFL draft by Jacksonville.

Camp observations: D comes up with stand

July, 31, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- Goal-line drills often are the closest thing to real football in training camp because of the intensity that is required.

There is no tapping of the offensive players by the defense in this drill.

The Cowboys’ No. 1 defense beat the No. 1 offense in their three plays Tuesday.

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Phillip Tanner was stopped short by DeMarcus Ware on a run to the strong side, and Ware got a little help from Jason Hatcher. On second down, the defense covered everybody on a Tony Romo pass, forcing the quarterback to scramble into linebacker Sean Lee. On the third, tight end Gavin Escobar was out of bounds on a sprint to the right by Romo.

•  While it was a good day for the No. 1 defense, the No. 2 defense gave up three straight touchdowns. RB Joseph Randle ran it in for the first two scores, and Kyle Orton hit Dante Rosario on a play-action pass across the back of the end zone.

•  The No. 1 offense rebounded in its situation work to close the practice. Needing a first down to kill the clock with a three-point lead, Romo connected with Miles Austin on a third-down rocket screen to end the game.

•  After missing two days with a quadriceps bruise, WR Cole Beasley returned to practice Tuesday and dropped two passes. He was so upset with himself that he spent extra time on the Jugs machine catching passes after practice.

•  Rosario had a solid practice. He lined up more at fullback and was able to make a handful of catches from Orton.

•  WR Anthony Armstrong broke off a route for a back-shoulder throw from Orton, reaching for the pass and getting his body between the ground and the ball for extra security. The play resulted in a first down.

•  At the start of the practice, the defensive coaches said they wanted turnovers. They didn’t get any interceptions, but they did get two fumbles. S Matt Johnson forced the ball loose on TE Andre Smith after a catch by the sideline, and S J.J. Wilcox recovered. Later, S Will Allen forced a fumble on Escobar.

•  WR Terrance Williams has earned praise for his play on offense, but he got more for his work as a gunner on the punt team. Williams split cornerbacks Devin Smith and Micah Pellerin with an inside jab and was able to help force a fair catch.

•  CB Sterling Moore had back-to-back solid reps in one-on-one drills. On the first, he broke up a back-shoulder throw from Romo to Austin, jumping as Austin reached back for the ball. On the second, he came down with an Orton throw after snuffing out Beasley on an out route.

•  K Dan Bailey had his first multiple-miss day of camp. Bailey went 3-of-6 with misses from 44 yards (right), 45 (left) and 47 (right). He closed his team work by drilling a 50-yarder.

Monte Kiffin pleased with scrimmage

July, 29, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- Sunday was the first time during training camp when the Cowboys could tackle to the ground.

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The Blue-White scrimmage was designed for the second-and-third teams to get more snaps in game situations. The Cowboys worked on moving the ball down field, the two-minute drill and special team coverage.

"It's huge learning a new system, moving the football up and down the field, two-minute situations, a lot of situational defenses -- it was good for us," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "I thought we played good early with the first group, and the second group played really well."

Kiffin wasn't the only one pleased with Sunday's scrimmage.

"I thought it was a good pace on both sides of the ball," rookie center Travis Frederick said. "Guys were coming out and competing, and that's one of the things we wanted to do and that's what the coaches are telling us to do, and that's compete."

The defense took control of the scrimmage for the most part Sunday with the second- and third-team offenses failing to score any points. The only positive play for the offense came when quarterback Nick Stephens threw a deep pass to Tim Benford that drew a pass interference penalty on cornerback Devin Smith.

Several defensive backups, including B.W. Webb, Landon Cohen, Monte Taylor and Jerome Long, made big plays. Webb intercepted a Kyle Orton pass and returned it for a touchdown, and Cohen continued to excel as he picked up another sack.
OXNARD, Calif. – Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage was about the younger players, and the defense was ahead of the offense.

Of the five drives, the offense had to punt four times. The best drive was the last drive that ended with a Joseph Randle touchdown run to the right. The score was set up by a pass interference penalty on Devin Smith after he got beat by wide receiver Tim Benford.

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Defensive linemen Landon Cohen, Monte Taylor and Jerome Long came up with sacks of quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Nick Stephens.

  • The prettiest play of the day would not have counted in a real game. WR Eric Rogers came down with a Hail Mary pass from Tanney in situational work, but before Tanney could get the throw off he would have been sacked by George Selvie.

  • CB B.W. Webb came up with a pick-six of QB Kyle Orton on the final two-minute drill for the second-teamers. Webb read Orton’s eyes wide to the flat and was able to leap for the pick and head down field untouched.

  • CB Sterling Moore came up with a terrific breakup of a corner route from Tanney to TE Dante Rosario. Tanney’s pass was in perfect position but as Rosario reached for the ball, Moore ripped the tight end’s hands down for the incompletion.

  • Earlier Moore broke up a throw to Benford to set up a 53-yard field goal try by Dan Bailey. After missing a game-winning try earlier, Bailey drilled the 53-yarder. Bailey has missed only two kicks in camp.

  • WR Terrance Williams is starting to develop a nice feel for the middle of the field. He and Tony Romo were able to connect on a few crossing routes, with a good throw just over the linebackers but underneath the secondary for a first down in two-minute work. Unfortunately for the offense, DeMarcus Ware had a sack of Romo on the net play, forcing a Hail Mary that did not connect.

  • Romo was sharp, completing 14 of 19 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills. He threw touchdown passes to Jason Witten and Miles Austin and went 5-of-7 on one drive that ended in a Bailey game winner.

  • WR Dwayne Harris helped prevent a Romo pick by turning into a defensive back on a throw to the sideline and knocking the pass away from CB Brandon Carr.

  • Rookie S J.J. Wilcox loves to hit. His aggressiveness got him in trouble when he hit Benford too late. Five years ago it might not have been a penalty, but it is now. On the next play Wilcox brought it on TE Andre Smith to slow down a screen.
  • OXNARD, Calif. – Day 4 of Cowboys training camp brought the most competitive part of a practice with two-minute and final-minute situations.

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    The first-team offense had a drive end on an interception and a game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey. The second-team offense had its lone drive end on a pick by rookie cornerback B.W. Webb.

  • WR Dez Bryant was not pleased with the defense after LB Ernie Sims hit TE Dante Rosario so hard that the tight end’s helmet came off. Bryant screamed to the defense for all to hear, causing some defenders to yell back.

  • The defense got off to a 5-nil start in the one-on-one drills, as coach Jason Garrett was quick to let everybody know Brandon Carr threw off Bryant; Morris Claiborne stuffed Miles Austin; Sterling Moore did the same to Dwayne Harris, Devin Smith stayed with Terrance Williams and Anthony Armstrong had a drop.

  • Williams, the third-round pick, had the prettiest of routes later in the one-on-one period, with a perfect stutter-go-stop that gave him five yards of space from Smith for the easy catch.

  • G David Arkin still has trouble anchoring when he faces power moves. DE Ben Bass simply extended his arms and rocked Arkin back on their first rep in one-on-one pass-rush moves. G Kevin Kowalski did a nice job of stunting DT Jason Hatcher on his first rep.

  • After missing his first kick Tuesday, Bailey made all six Wednesday, ranging from 40 to 47 yards. He is 16 of 17 in camp.

  • Rookie P Spencer Barton handled all of the punts and was forced to kick into a pretty good wind. His first punt was knocked down after maybe 15 yards. Maybe. He had a hard time driving the ball into the breeze. With the wind, he was much better.

  • WR Dwayne Harris was a terrific punt returner by the end of last season and he was able to break free to the right on his one try Wednesday. Harris received a nice wall from his blockers that left him one on one with Barton.

  • S Barry Church missed all but three games last year because of an Achilles injury. He must like the pads because he met RB DeMarco Murray two or three times with some semi-big hits.

  • LB Sean Lee seems to break up at least one pass in every practice. He swatted away a seam pass to TE Jason Witten from Tony Romo; on Tuesday he stuck with Austin down the seam for a breakup.

  • Romo over-shot Witten on a seam throw in seven-on-seven drills. Witten bent his route to the outside and when LB Justin Durant moved to the outside, Witten came back inside. The throw, however, was high.

  • The offense went with the hurry-up a few times in team drills and caught the defense by surprise. Some of it might have been the defense’s sub patterns, but when the offense picked up the tempo a few times for specific plays they were able to make positive yards.
  • Cowboys add 15 undrafted players

    April, 28, 2013
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    IRVING, Texas – Over the years the Cowboys have excelled in landing undrafted free agents that make the 53-man roster, so it stands to reason a few of the 15 signings will make the club in 2013.

    Last year, Cole Beasley, Ronald Leary and Ben Bass spent time on the active roster.

    Here is the up-to-date list:

    LB Brandon Magee, Arizona State
    QB Dalton Williams, Akron
    S Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
    RB Kendial Lawrence, Missouri
    CB Devin Smith, Wisconsin
    CB Dustin Harris, Texas A&M
    LB Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State
    WR Greg Herd, Eastern Washington
    FB Paul Freedman, Virginia
    LB Tank Reed, SMU
    DB Jeff Heath, Saginaw Valley State
    K Spencer Benton, Clemson
    WR Eric Rogers, Cal Lutheran
    CB Xavier Brewer, Clemson
    LB Deon Lacey, West Alabama

    Interesting to note the Cowboys did not sign an offensive lineman. Perhaps some could come in on a tryout basis for the May 10-12 rookie mini-camp. One tryout player, who is expected to sign is tight end B.J. Stewart from Cumberland.