Dallas Cowboys: Joe Girardi

Cowboys practice report: Day 8

July, 29, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys mixed up the depth chart during Monday's practice, and worked on some red zone and team drills.

ESPN Dallas.com's Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest from Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

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•  The Cowboys are increasing the competition at left guard by rotating Nate Livings and Ronald Leary at the spot on the first team. Livings has struggled at the start of camp while Leary has excelled at times.

•  With Dez Bryant out with a sore hip, Terrance Williams got some snaps with the first team, and Miles Austin picked up snaps with the second and third units. Tyron Smith also missed a few snaps with the first team for Edawn Coughman.

•  Williams continues to get better with every practice. He beat Sterling Moore on a double move for a touchdown during one-on-one drills. Williams also made a nice leaping catch for a score in team drills over Morris Claiborne while catching a Tony Romo pass.

•  On Monday morning, coach Jason Garrett was praising wide receiver Andre Smith's hands. Well, the free-agent receiver dropped two passes, one in the end zone in an individual drill. Smith, however, also caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.

•  During the one-on-ones, Brandon Carr did a nice job of knocking away a pass intended for Anthony Amos.

•  Austin and Romo have great chemistry. On a back-shoulder fade throw, Austin turned around at the perfect time to catch the end zone pass to beat Carr.

•  Bruce Carter picked up an interception during pass coverage drills on a pass intended for Phillip Tanner.

•  Sometimes down-the-field blocking by wide receivers is huge when it comes to big gains. Dwayne Harris made a nice block on Carr as Lance Dunbar picked up big yardage.

•  On consecutive plays, the quarterbacks made some poor throws. Romo was picked off by Caleb McSurdy, and Orton had a pass tipped by Alex Albright.

•  Jason Witten made a nice one-handed catch with Sean Lee draped over him for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. After the catch, Lee dropped an expletive.

•  New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his son attended practice Monday afternoon. He spoke to the team after practice and received a warm applause.

• Friday's practice was changed to 4:45 p.m. PT.

Yankees manager gives Cowboys a pep talk

July, 29, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- This edition of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp had its first real celebrity sighting when New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Monday.

Tim MacMahon joins Galloway and Company from Oxnard, Calif., to discuss the latest Cowboys news.

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Girardi, who was a three-time World Series champion as a player and won another as a manager, delivered a Jason Garrett-esque speech to the team after practice.

“Just be the best you can every day,” Girardi said, recalling the gist of his message on a Yankees off day before they begin a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “That’s what you prepare for. We obviously all strive to win championships, but to me, it’s a day-to-day thing that you have to go through.”

At least one prominent Cowboy hung on every word the Yankees skipper said and made sure to shake Girardi’s hand afterward.

“That was a great deal, man,” New Jersey native Miles Austin said. “I was just glad to meet him. He said some great things to us. I’ve been a Yankee fan since he was there [as a player] and since I was born.”

Girardi, who was joined by his son Dante, described his family as football fans who root for the Chicago Bears. He was a high school quarterback in Illinois but wisely figured his lack of size and speed made him a much better prospect as a catcher.