Dallas Cowboys: Teddy Williams

Cowboys make roster moves, still two to go

August, 31, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will make their final cuts today to reach the 53-man limit, but they have already notified 21 players that they have not made the cut.

According to sources, the Cowboys have informed Shaun Chapas, Adrian Hamilton, Danny Coale, Eddie Whitley, Orie Lemon, Ronald Leary, Pat McQuistan, Jeff Adams, Teddy Williams, Harland Gunn, Daniel Loper, Clifton Geathers, Rudy Carpenter, Lionel Smith, Baraka Atkins, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Andrew Szczerba, Ben Bass, Saalim Hakim, Tim Benford and Robert Callaway of their release.

They have two more roster moves to make by 7 p.m. after the trade for offensive lineman Ryan Cook from Miami.

The Cowboys would like to bring some -- like Hamilton, Coale and Leary -- back on the practice squad if they clear waivers.

Leary was the apple of Jerry Jones’ eye as an undrafted free agent and early in training camp, but he will not be on the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys considered drafting Leary despite a knee condition, but ended up guaranteeing him $214,000 in base salary and signing bonus to sign as an undrafted free agent. When the interior line was hit by injuries early in camp Leary took some first-team snaps but he hit a wall midway through camp.
The preseason is finally over and with that, we've got another installment of the award-winning Stock Report. We tell you who's up and who's down for the Cowboys after their 30-13 win over the Miami Dolphins.


Lance Dunbar. The running back rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run. It was Dunbar's first game after a hamstring slowed his progress, and he impressed the coaches. But will it be enough to make the 53-man roster? It seems Phillip Tanner is in good shape to become the No. 3 back. That leaves Dunbar -- who might get cut but could be brought back to the practice squad.

Orie Lemon. He was another player on the bubble. Special teams is his way to make the roster, but Wednesday night, Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a score and finished with five total tackles. The Cowboys have to decide if Lemon is good enough to give them more numbers at linebacker. Lemon made the case harder for the Cowboys with his efforts Wednesday.

Dan Bailey. Remember last year the Cowboys had a kicking competition? No more. Bailey finished the preseason perfect, going 8-for-8 including making all three of his kicks against the Dolphins. It was a great way to enter the regular season.


Stephen McGee. Coach Jason Garrett said he saw some good things out of McGee from the Dolphins game. McGee completed 9-of-18 passes for 124 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. McGee was under duress on some throws and just missed guys on others. It's always something with him, and the Cowboys just need to go with two quarterbacks.

Teddy Williams. The cornerback led the secondary with eight solo tackles, but he played badly in coverage. He missed a tackle, got knocked around on kick coverage and just had an overall bad night. The Teddy Williams Experiment sponsored by the Dallas Cowboys needs to end today. He's an athletic-type player, who is probably better suited for track.

David Arkin. The backup guard/center was pushed to the ground during a pass play and was inconsistent for most of the night. He's not getting cut and he should get credit for taking all those snaps in practices and games when Phil Costa went down with a strained back. But Arkin fumbled a snap Wednesday night. Not good.

Third quarter: Cowboys 27, Dolphins 13

August, 29, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- We have 15 minutes left and the Cowboys are leading the Dolphins, 27-13.


* Cowboys front got some good pressure on Miami quarterback Matt Moore to start the second half. They forced Moore out of the pocket twice, and Tyrone Crawford picked up a third-down sack.

* Quarterback Rudy Carpenter started the second half and his first pass was a deep attempt to Andre Holmes.

* Cornerback Lionel Smith took a shot from running back built like a fullback Jorvorskie Lane and left the game with a concussion and won't return. Guard Daniel Loper left the game with a right hamstring injury and won't return. Loper was already dealing with an elbow issue. Guard Derrick Dockery left for personal reasons.

* Jerry Jones says Felix Jones has a roster spot, but the running back should be worried about playing time heading into the season. Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner played well in the first half. Dunbar, who is competing with Tanner to become the No. 3 running back, had a strong 27-yard punt return and broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run. It was the longest rushing touchdown of the preseason.

* Teddy Williams gave up a 20-yard completion in this quarter and looks like a man who is still learning the game. When you take chances on players such as Williams, who didn't play college football, and you switch his position from wide receiver back to receiver, there are bound to be problems. Williams isn't playing with confidence and is still trying to figure things out. It might be too late for him to make this team despite his speed and athletic ability.

* The Dolphins were 0-for-8 on third down until Lamar Miller's 6-yard run gained a first down late in the quarter.

* A little surprised to see Victor Butler in the game. He's backing up Anthony Spencer at outside linebacker and has played well the entire summer. But as the season starts, and given the injury status of several players, Butler should have sat the second half.

First quarter: Dolphins 6, Cowboys 0

August, 29, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The final preseason game is finally here at sleepy Cowboys Stadium. the Miami Dolphins lead the Dallas Cowboys, 6-0, after one quarter.

Some early thoughts:

* The starting offensive line consisted of Pat McQuistan and Jermey Parnell at tackle, Daniel Loper and Derrick Dockery at guard and Phil Costa at center. Costa, who missed the first three games with a strained lower back, was the only regular starter who actually started on offense.

* Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris were the starting wide receivers for the second consecutive week.

* Quarterback Stephen McGee avoided blitzing linebacker Koa Misi and gained six yards on a third-and-4 to grab a first down.

* The replacement referees missed a clear pass interference call on Miami's Richard Marshall. He grabbed Ogletree's jersey near the waist, but McGee was still able to complete the pass. However, a holding call on Jermey Parnell negated the play.

* Maybe there is a battle going for the No. 3 running back spot. Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar both got first quarter snaps and each produced good runs.

* The Dolphins at one point had David Garrard as the starter during training camp, but a knee injury allowed Ryan Tannehill to eventually take over the starting job. Tannehill started the final preseason game Wednesday night.

* It was interesting to see that the New York Giants played their starters in the final preseason game and the Cowboys did not. Cornerback Morris Claiborne should have gotten some playing time Wednesday just to get some snaps in. He missed the first preseason game because of a sprained ligament in his knee.

* If Teddy Williams is going to make this team, he can't miss tackles in the open field. He tried to bring down receiver Legedu Naanee by the waist and couldn't hold on. Dan Connor finally knocked Naanee down after a 9-yard completion.

* Some bubble players on defense committed bad penalties on consecutive possessions. Defensive tackle Robert Callaway was penalized for lining up in the neutral zone and cornerback Mario Butler got flagged for roughing the passer on a blitz.

* Fumbles happen from time to time in the NFL, but after Williams fumbled a kickoff return, you'd expect wide receiver Danny Coale to be able to snag the loose ball from Miami kicker Dan Carpenter. Not the case. With 2:27 left, Carpenter recovered the fumble from a scrum.

* Victor Butler has looked fantastic this summer. He beat tackle Richie Incognito late in the quarter for a sack. Anthony Spencer is the starter at outside linebacker, but his long-term future with the team might be in doubt if Butler can continue this fine work through the regular season.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Phil Costa will start at center tonight vs. Miami and is the only projected starter playing in the preseason finale at Cowboys Stadium.

Costa missed the first three preseason games because of a low back strain and just returned to practice Monday.

Stephen McGee will start at quarterback with Phillip Tanner and Shaun Chapas in the backfield. Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris will start at wide receiver, with James Hanna at tight end. The rest of the line includes Jermey Parnell, Derrick Dockery, Daniel Loper and Pat McQuistan.

On defense, Josh Brent will be the starting nose tackle and could open the year there against the New York Giants if Jay Ratliff is unable to play because of a high ankle sprain. Tyrone Crawford and Clifton Geathers will fill out the rest of the defensive line.

The linebackers will be Victor Butler, Dan Connor, Orie Lemon and Alex Albright. The secondary will feature Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Teddy Williams at cornerback and Mana Silva and Mario Butler at safety.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Two weeks ago, he didn't get approved to practice by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery.

With the final cuts looming this week, Jenkins most likely will visit Andrews again in Pensacola, Fla. However, Tropical Storm Isaac swept through parts of Florida on Sunday and could prevent a visit, at least in the early part of the week.

Jenkins has range of motion in his shoulder but not enough strength, which is preventing him from getting cleared for contact practices. He is currently on the physically unable to perform list and if he remains there at the start of the season, he'll miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Jenkins won't count against the 53-man roster.

"Not scheduled right now," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said regarding Jenkins' availability to visit Andrews. "But I think it's going to be sooner rather than later. He's going to get an opinion from Dr. Andrews and then we'll take a look at it at that time."

If and when Andrews clears Jenkins, the Cowboys' doctors will do another examination.

Jones said Jenkins has a secure roster spot but the issue is how many cornerbacks to keep, especially healthy ones. Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick are locks to make the final roster.

Mario Butler and C.J. Wilson have been the most impressive among the backups. Teddy Williams and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah are fighting for a roster spot, too.

The Cowboys could go with six cornerbacks on the roster with Jenkins out until he gets cleared for contact.

Jones didn't think Jenkins' health status hampers his roster decisions at cornerback.

"No, not at all," Jones said. "We've got a roster spot for him, so we're not necessarily in that spot at all."

Random thoughts: Coming back to Dallas

August, 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- As we pack our bags for the trip back to Dallas, we've got some random thoughts on what we've seen during Cowboys training camp in California.

Most impressive player (s): Dez Bryant and Brandon Carr have been equally fantastic. Carr has shut down receivers with his press coverage and playmaking skills. Despite his quiet demeanor, he's also provided a strong leadership quality. Bryant is well, Bryant. He makes leaping catches, catches in traffic and it seems the only man who can stop him is Carr.

Most disappointing player: Wide receiver Raymond Radway made the 53-man roster last year, but a fractured leg in the final preseason game cost him the season. Now healthy, Radway has shown flashes of that blazing speed. At other times, however, bad routes, drops and missed assignments have hurt him. He's been surpassed by Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris for the fifth and sixth receiver spots.

Five players to keep: Center David Arkin, linebacker Orie Lemon, guard Ronald Leary, defensive tackle Ben Bass and cornerback Mario Butler.

Five players to cut: Quarterback Stephen McGee, cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, defensive lineman Robert Callaway and guard Daniel Loper.

So did the Cowboys talk to Plax? Of course they did. Jerry Jones said he didn't speak with free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress or his agent, and we believe him. But someone did, and the Cowboys quickly defused the situation, which is the right thing to do. The Cowboys don't need Burress. The Cowboys don't need a veteran receiver. What the Cowboys need is for their young receivers to improve, which is what's happened under receivers coach Jimmy Robinson.

Best draft pick: Morris Claiborne is an easy selection, but I would say tight end James Hanna has been the most impressive. He can catch, run good routes and -- despite a few drops -- is more than serviceable. If Jason Witten can't play in the regular-season opener, Hanna has done enough to prove he's ready for the big stage. Now Hanna, the No. 2 tight end of the moment, needs to improve on his blocking. That will happen.

The biggest surprise from a player: RB/FB Jamize Olawale and DE Tyrone Crawford. Olawale needs to lower his body when he runs, but he displays good speed when he hits the holes. He's a good blocker, too. Is he good enough to make the 53? No, but the Cowboys should attempt to bring him back to the practice squad. Crawford moved up the ranks and got second-team reps in practice and games. He's been the second-most impressive draft pick in camp. There was a question about his ability to play against the run. He's better than expected with his power and ability to shed blockers.

One player who needs to step up: Felix Jones isn't going anywhere, nor should he. The running back, however, has gotten off to a slow start in training camp. In Saturday's preseason game against St. Louis, if Jones gets eight touches, we would like to see a burst through the hole and some movement in space. We haven't seen that enough in training camp and the first two preseason games.

Stock Report: Brandon Carr up, AOA down

August, 19, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- We're done with two preseason games, and with that, we review who played well and who didn't in our weekly stock report.

Stock Up

Brandon Carr: The veteran cornerback picked off two passes Saturday night at San Diego. He's turning into the cover corner the Cowboys envisioned when they signed him to a five-year, $50.1 million deal. The Cowboys' first-team defense has three interceptions, two by Carr and one by Gerald Sensabaugh, so far in preseason.

Kevin Ogletree: He's moving into the No. 3 receiver spot. He had a strong performance -- four catches for 60 yards -- against the first- and second-team defenses of the Chargers on Saturday. Ogletree is playing with a focus and is establishing himself as a force with several young and unproven receivers behind him. His leaping catch while taking a hit was the highlight of his night.

Cole Beasley: The rookie from SMU played well in the second half and finished with a team-leading seven catches for 104 yards. He's becoming a dependable force from the slot and coach Jason Garrett said Beasley is a quarterback-friendly receiver. The quarterbacks, Garrett said, have confidence throwing to Beasley.

Stock Down

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah: The cornerback doesn't look like he's playing with any confidence. He fell down trying to cover Mike Willie on a 38-yard touchdown reception, and he also fell down trying to defend another pass but missed at swiping the ball. If the Cowboys keep five cornerbacks, it appears Owusu-Ansah might not make it.

Shaun Chapas: The fullback missed two blocks, one leading to a sack and the other to a pressure. Of course, Lawrence Vickers is the starting fullback, but if Chapas wants a future around here he's got to block better. He's had a good training camp, but when it comes to the games, he's got to make plays.

Teddy Williams. He's a sprint champion that isn't making plays as a cornerback or returner. It's hard to ask him to make plays in some situations because of his inexperience, but as a kick retuner he's got to make defenders miss him and show some wiggle. As a corner, Williams, like Owusu-Ansah, looks lost out there.

Mike Jenkins' shoulder feeling better

August, 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Here are five random thoughts from the Cowboys' 28-20 loss to San Diego on Saturday:

* I spoke briefly with Mike Jenkins in the locker room after the game and he said that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is feeling better and better every day. He is working through some scar tissue issues that have hampered his strength, but his range of motion is fine. He isn’t ruling out being available for the Sept. 5 opener at the New York Giants, but he will take another trip to Pensacola, Fla., to visit with Dr. James Andrews for a checkup.

* At some point Saturday I started to feel badly for Stephen McGee. Sometimes he just had no chance because of the blocking. Sometimes he made the mistake, like on the sack/fumble when he should’ve gotten rid of the ball quickly. But then Rudy Carpenter comes in and completes 6-of-9 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Maybe San Diego called off the dogs with a 15-point lead for that final drive, but Carpenter has a feel for the position.

* So I read in Teddy Williams' bio that he was a sprint champion at UT-San Antonio with a time of 10.25 in a 100-meter win in an NCAA Regional event. Why doesn’t he play that fast? Williams was given a chance to return kicks against San Diego and he just didn’t get up to speed fast enough. Covering a punt, he couldn’t close on Roscoe Parrish. At corner, he doesn’t show the top-flight speed. There’s track fast and football fast.

* Raymond Radway was also a track guy, but at Abilene Christian. He might have had the most memorable play of the game because of his speed. McGee’s interception by Shareece Wright came on a throw to Radway, who was on the ground as Wright turned up field. Radway got up and caught Wright at the Cowboys' 2. San Diego scored two plays later, but I would guess Jason Garret will show that play to his players because of the effort. Radway probably won’t make the team, but his effort should be noted.

* Because of Jermey Parnell’s stiff neck, Jeff Adams was able to see more action than the undrafted backup tackle from Columbia ever could have imagined. And he didn’t do poorly until he just ran out of gas. Clearly he was tired in the fourth quarter on a steamy night after seeing only limited time in training camp.

Third quarter: Cowboys 13, Chargers 7

August, 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- The Cowboys added three more points to their total on a long field goal by Dan Bailey. After three quarters, we've had the wave, the Cowboys' first preseason touchdown and two Bailey field goals. The Cowboys have a 13-7 lead over the Chargers.

Some thoughts:

*Cornerback Mario Butler had a nice open field tackle on a short pass in the flat and came up on run support to bring down Le'Ron McClain. The Cowboys would like to see Butler step up and become the fifth corner. Then again, if Mike Jenkins can't return in time for the start of the regular season, Butler could be the fourth corner.

*Dan Connor didn't look good in coverage on a 28-yard reception by Randy McMichael. Safety Danny McCray was able to push McMichael out of bounds. The Cowboys can't afford to have linebackers struggle in coverage this season, regardless of how well their corners are playing.

*Akwasi Owusu-Ansah had the coverage on the first touchdown allowed by the Cowboys defense this preseason. Charlie Whitehurst completed a 18-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Brown, who suffered a left ankle injury and had to be carted off the field. Owusu-Ansah couldn't contain Brown, and with Danny McCray trailing the play Whitehurst found an open man.

*When quarterback Stephen McGee gets time, he can do some things. He made a strong throw for a 10-yard completion to Dwayne Harris. Harris needs to make some plays with Kevin Ogletree rising up the depth chart. Then again, this is why he's a backup, or rather No. 3 on the depth chart for the third receiver. McGee put a little too much air on a pass to Raymond Radway that was broken up, and he didn't see a wide open Dwayne Harris down the seam. Instead, he opted to complete a 3-yard pass.

*Fullback Shaun Chapas did a poor job of blocking a blitzing Melvin Ingram off the edge. McGee had no chance and was sacked for a 13-yard loss.

*Teddy Williams is a sprinter by nature. He's still learning how to play football, but at times -- like on a kick return in the third quarter -- he didn't show any wiggle. Yes, the blockers set up for a left return, but Williams has to make defenders miss.

*Charlie Hughlett took over the deep snapping duties in the third quarter for L.P. Ladouceur.

*Faced with a fourth-and-1, the Cowboys' backup line didn't get any push and Jamize Olawale was stopped for no gain.

*Linebacker Orie Lemon recovered a fumble with 2:59 to play in the quarter. Lemon was pretty active Saturday night and his recovery of a fumble led to a made 49-yard field goal by Bailey.

What to do with the final roster spot

August, 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Friday's release of running back Ed Wesley leaves the Dallas Cowboys with 89 players on their 90-man roster.

At some point this weekend, they will make a decision on bringing in another player. At least 20 players on the roster are currently injured and some, such as Caleb McSurdy (torn Achilles) and Kevin Kowalski (ankle tendinitis), aren't expected to return anytime soon.

Let's look at three positions the Cowboys should explore expanding:

Center: Phil Costa should return before the start of the regular season and David Arkin has been getting plenty of snaps -- Jason Garrett said close to 600 during one stretch of camp -- but adding a veteran at this spot couldn't hurt. The Cowboys worked out Jamaal Jackson, but he wasn't in shape and the team decided not to sign him. Former Cowboys center Andre Gurode is also available, but the team hasn't made any moves to bring him in. He might be a good pickup to back Costa up.

Wide receiver: The Cowboys front office is pleased with their young receivers, yet no one is emerging as the No. 3 wideout. If we had to make a decision today, Kevin Ogletree, again, would take over the No. 3 spot. He's earned it. But Andre Holmes and Dwayne Harris have played well, too. Raymond Radway, who earned a roster spot last season until suffering a fractured leg in the final preseason game of 2011, is struggling. Tim Benford has shown flashes but he's inconsistent. The Cowboys could sign a veteran receiver, but it would delay the development of younger players. The team held preliminary talks with Plaxico Burress' agent and former Longhorn Jordan Shipley is on waivers, but they won't go for a veteran before determining the dependability of the young kids.

Cornerback: Yes, cornerback. There's nothing wrong with Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne or Brandon Carr, but if Mike Jenkins (shoulder) doesn't come off the PUP list by the start of the season, he's lost for six weeks. Behind Scandrick, Claiborne and Carr are unproven players such as Mario Butler and C.J. Wilson. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah has showed some signs, but not enough. The team placed Teddy Williams on the second-team defense at the start of camp, and he's since been moved down the depth chart. Getting a veteran corner couldn't hurt, especially at the late stages of camp with the younger players not performing on a consistent level.

Camp observations: DeMarcus Ware shines

August, 15, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys got back to work for the first time since their scintillating 3-0 win at Oakland on Monday with a shorter-than-normal practice Wednesday, but there was plenty to still see.

On to the observations:

** I’ll break some news right off the bat: DeMarcus Ware is really good. On the first play of team drills he sped around LT Tyron Smith and pressured Tony Romo. In the second series of team drills, he had a sack of Romo. Later, he stuck with RB DeMarco Murray in coverage and strung out a reverse to WR Kevin Ogletree.

** After getting tripped up/tackled from behind by LB Bruce Carter, Murray was a little slow getting up and there was some worry he might be hurt. On his next carry, he busted through a big hole for a long gain, looking like nothing was wrong.

**The battle for the No. 3 receiver rolls on and Ogletree had the best day of the competitors, catching three passes from Romo. His best came on a read-and-react route in the slot when he stopped and changed direction on CB Morris Claiborne for a nice gain.

** WR Andre Holmes did not have as good a day. A deep ball from Romo went off his finger tips in one-on-one drills and he was unable to hold onto a comeback route along the sideline. Both catches would have been difficult but if he wants to secure the job, those are catches that have to be made.

** WR Dez Bryant was stuffed off the line by CB Brandon Carr on a slant, leading to a pass breakup by Carr. On his next play against Claiborne, he caught a crossing route from Romo and sprinted up field on S Gerald Sensabaugh. In a game, it may have been a touchdown with the momentum Bryant had built up.

** With LB Caleb McSurdy done with a torn Achilles, Alex Albright could get more action at inside linebacker. He did a nice job of dropping back in coverage to knock away a pass from Kyle Orton to crossing Holmes.

** Sometimes things just aren’t fair. One is when Jeff Adams and Tyrone Novikoff are asked to block Ware on a twist. The All-Pro was just too quick for the undrafted rookies.

** K Dan Bailey took all of the field goals Wednesday, making all seven kicks. His longest came from 42 yards.

** CB Mario Butler ended the one-on-one period with an athletic interception of Kyle Orton, jumping for the pick while covering Raymond Radway on a deep ball.

** Orton made a throw few quarterbacks can make when he threaded a ball over CB Teddy Williams and S Mana Silva near the sideline to WR Dwayne Harris. The defensive coaches were calling for an interception, but Orton had the right mix of speed and touch on the pass.

** With a shortage of tight ends because of Jason Witten’s injury and John Phillips’ return from an injury, the offense featured mostly three-wide receiver sets. Only one Romo pass was caught by a tight end when he hit Phillips on a hot route. Romo went 15 of 20 on the day.

Penalties bother Jason Garrett

August, 14, 2012
OAKLAND -- You can find a lot of wrong things from the Cowboys' 3-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, and having 12 penalties for 91 yards is one of them.

"They hurt us and obviously it's an area we need to improve throughout our entire football team," coach Jason Garrett said. "Special teams early on hurt us. We gave them two possession opportunities after we made two good stops on defense."

Special teams was called for four penalties. Jamize Olawale ran into punter Marquette King and Teddy Williams was called for offsides, giving the Raiders a first down.

The offensive line was called for five penalties, including two false starts, and there was a bad substitution penalty on the last play of the game when the Cowboys were trying a kneel down.

"Each of those is a case (where) a young guy is trying to do a little too much," Garrett said. "Running into the kicker, Teddy being offsides giving them a first down when they’re punting, and obviously that’s line one, you can't give them the ball back in those situations. Those guys are trying to make a play and sometimes you got to play with poise, do your job, let the game come to you a little bit, and I thought those guys came back as the game wore on. But overall there were too many penalties, and it hurt our team."

Third quarter: Cowboys 3, Raiders 0

August, 13, 2012
OAKLAND -- Dan Bailey made a 33-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 3-0 lead.

After three, that's where we stand.

Some thoughts.

*Stephen McGee's first pass was a 16-yard dump off to Shaun Chapas.

*On consecutive plays, McGee had a pass knocked down and saw another one fall incomplete, and he took a shot from Mike Mitchell. Faced with a fourth-and-2 at the Oakland 40, McGee had another pass knocked down by blitzing linebacker Chad Kilgore.

*The first drive of the second half looked good for the Cowboys. The offensive line gave Kyle Orton time to get the ball downfield, including an 11-yard pass to Andre Holmes and a 20-yarder to Andrew Szczerba.

*It was a good snap from rookie Charley Hughlett on the converted 33-yard field goal attempt from Bailey. The Cowboys are giving Hughlett a chance to make the team over LP Ladouceur.

*In the first half, the offensive line struggled to open holes for DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones. In the second half, with the second unit, Jamize Olawale was able to find holes. Ed Wesley, a rookie from TCU, was surpassed on the depth chart by Javarris Williams.

*Josh Brent got the second-half start at nose tackle along with Tyrone Crawford and Clifton Geathers at end for the Cowboys. Teddy Williams started at corner with C.J. Wilson.

*Cowboys backups were able to get pressure on Terrelle Pryor, forcing him out of the pocket on a third down. Pryor got just two yards on the scramble.

*Safety Eddie Whitley had a chance to keep tight end David Ausberry short of the first down, but he couldn't hold him, resulting in an 11-yard gain.

*Center David Arkin played well through three quarters. He didn't have any bad snaps, just one hold and might have given up a sack.

First quarter: Cowboys 0, Raiders 0

August, 13, 2012
OAKLAND -- The Cowboys and Raiders are scoreless after the opening quarter at O.co Coliseum.

*It's never good when the quarterback has to tell the referees where to spot the ball. The replacement refs spotted the ball on the infield dirt, nowhere near the hash marks. Tony Romo had to tell the refs where the ball should be placed.

*Marcus Spears, getting work with the second team, picked up two tackles and almost recovered a fumble.

*Cole Bealsey is getting early snaps. He was the slot receiver on the first three-receiver set and the Cowboys threw a pass to him but he was covered well by Michael Huff.

*Romo faced pressure on the second offensive possession. He avoided some pressure to get a pass to Jason Witten, but it led to a two-yard loss. The next play, Romo was trying to set up a screen pass to DeMarco Murray, but nose tackle Tommy Kelly slipped past David Arkin for the sack.

*The Cowboys started the first two defensive series using Dan Connor, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter at inside linebacker. When the Cowboys went with the second unit, Barry Church remained as the safety.

*The Cowboys had three special team penalties, allowing the Raiders' offense to stay on the field. Fullback Jamize Olawale ran into the punter, Kevin Ogletree was called for holding and Teddy Williams was offsides. Bad plays for three guys looking for roster spots.

*I didn't like Dez Bryant playing tonight, but he made a 24-yard reception on the first pass play of the game. Bryant looked like he had a bounce in his step and seemed mostly recovered from his hamstring injury.

*Gerald Sensabaugh did a nice job of getting the first turnover of the preseason. He moved over from center field to help Orlando Scandrick intercept a Carson Palmer pass.