Dallas Cowboys: Larry Smith

Rookie observations: Kyle Wilber quick

May, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- Making instant evaluations off two rookie minicamp practices can be dangerous to a person’s health, but here are some observations from the Cowboys sessions Friday:

** Kyle Wilber is active. That’s what the Cowboys thought they were getting in the Wake Forest linebacker. He has a quick first step off the ball and was able to track down running back Darrell Scott from behind in the morning practice.

** Defensive end Tyrone Crawford had a would-be sack of Nathan Dick in the first workout thanks to being unblocked, but he was able to get up the field in more competitive situations.

** Linebacker Caleb McSurdy was able to knock away a Larry Smith pass to tight end James Hanna but on the next play was not as fortunate, with Hanna getting a step on him on an out cut.

** Troy Woolfolk is listed as a cornerback but he played safety Friday. He intercepted a pass that was tipped by linebacker Adrian Hamilton. On the next play Wilber deflected a pass that Lionel Smith intercepted.

** It was difficult to get a read on the wide receivers and tight ends because the timing of the passing game was a mess.

**Tight end Andrew Szczerba made a nice one-handed grab down the middle of the field in the morning practice but was unable to finish the session because of an injury. He practiced in the afternoon. Wide receiver Donavon Kemp sat out of the afternoon workout.

** Cornerback Isaac Madison made a nice breakup of a deep ball from Smith to Cole Beasley.

** Like he did at training camp and all through last season, Jason Garrett had officials at practice. At different times flags were flying, including a handful for lining up offside.

Four practice squad players at camp

May, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will open their rookie mini-camp today with four players who spent most of last season on the team’s practice squad: cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive lineman Robert Calloway.

Williams has been switched back to cornerback after moving to wide receiver last season. He joined the team in 2010 following a track career at UT-San Antonio.

Safety Justin Taplin-Ross will also get his first on-field work with the team. He originally signed last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Utah, but he failed his physical. He signed with the team after the 2011 season ended.

In addition to the Cowboys’ seven draft picks and 21 undrafted free agents, the Cowboys will have 15 players practicing on a tryout basis, including kicker Delbert Alvarado, who was with team in training camp in 2010.

The other players in for a tryout will be: K Tom Mante, QB Larry Smith, QB Nathan Dick, WR David Little, P Craig Ratanamorn, P Dave Harrington, RB Bryce Beall, CB Royce Hill, FB Jamize Olawale, LB Dorvus Woods, NT Myles Caragein, DE Luke Black, C Chris Thompson and DE Ben Bass.
IRVING, Texas – A quarterback was not among the Cowboys’ 21 undrafted free agent signings announced Monday, but the team has invited two signal callers to this weekend’s minicamp, including Allen native Nathan Dick, on a tryout basis.

Dick worked out for the Cowboys at Dallas Day earlier in the month. As a senior at Central Arkansas, he threw for 3,275 yards with 32 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Vanderbilt’s Larry Smith will also attend the camp. He threw for 3,223 yards with 16 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in his career. He started the first six games for the Commodores last year with a 4-2 record.

With Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, Stephen McGee and Rudy Carpenter on the roster, the Cowboys did not make a play for a quarterback in the draft or go after a priority college free agent. And undrafted quarterbacks like Boise State’s Kellen Moore wanted to go to teams where they had a better chance of making the team.

The Cowboys are planning on having 10-15 players at the rookie camp on a tryout basis in addition to the seven draft picks and 21 undrafted free agents they signed.