IRVING, Texas – With Day 2 of Cowboys’ rookie mini-camp set to begin, let’s look back with some observations from Day 1:
** Much was made of the slow 40-yard dash time of first-round pick Travis Frederick, but he moved well in the two practices Friday. He showed some good timing on leaving his initial block to get to the second level.
**Graceful isn’t normally the best description for a football player, but that’s what Jerry Jones called Gavin Escobar’s ability to run routes. Escobar did not time fast either, but he just seems to have a knack for getting open. New tight ends coach Wes Phillips also mentioned Escobar’s catch radius as a plus. Escobar made a nice catch after a pass was tipped by LB DeVonte Holloman.
**RB Kendial Lawrence will have a chance to make the roster. Hyperbole after a day of rookie camp? Maybe but he has a burst and a vision that could put him in the mix with Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner for the final running back spot. On the first play of team run he darted through the line and made a sharp jump-cut away from defenders.
** WR Jared Green will get some notice because he’s Darrell Green’s son, but he had a productive first day and his speed could make him a factor as camp goes on.
** CB B.W. Webb did a nice job of fending off WR Terrance Williams in one-on-one drills. Webb is pretty fluid in his movement and is thicker than he looks on film. Matched up the next play, Williams was able to get some separation for a deep throw from Nick Stephens by slowing down just a tad and extending late for the pass. It was a veteran move by the third-round pick and his best play of the day.
** Because the playcaller has been a big topic this offseason: it appeared that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan was calling them Friday with the quarterbacks going to him between plays, not Jason Garrett.
** S Jakar Hamilton did not make the best impression when he was apparently gassed about 30 minutes into the the first practice, but he came back with a nice play in the afternoon, covering a lot of ground on a Stephens’ deep ball to Green. He should have made the interception, but his speed was impressive in getting to the sideline from centerfield.
** Not to be an alarmist but shotgun snaps were an issue. D.J. Hall was replaced after sending one high and wide and was replaced by Frederick, whose snap was rolled back to the quarterback. There were a few quarterback-center exchange issues but none from under center with Frederick.