Cowboys Camp Report: Day 21
August, 13, 2014
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com
OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Dallas Cowboys training camp:
- The Cowboys and Oakland Raiders concluded their two days of practice on Wednesday with a few minor scuffles but nothing to the level of what happened on Tuesday.
- Jason Witten scored a touchdown in a two-minute situation but the Cowboys ran another play with a hurry-up back fastball from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant over Raiders corner Tarell Brown. Bryant and Brown did a lot of chirping at each other during practice. Bryant was especially vociferous with the Oakland DBs after he felt a couple of them took some unnecessary shots on Bryant's fellow receivers. At one point, Bryant ran on the field after an Oakland defender took a bigger-than-normal hit on Cowboys receiver Jamar Newsome on the return. Bryant got the last word with his touchdown, throwing up his trademark X for emphasis.
- All the theatrics aside, DeMarco Murray felt the two days of work was worth it. "It was really good for me," Murray said. "It was like the first game since I sat out last week. So it was definitely a game tempo for me and mentality for me. That was just kind of getting my feet wet and getting ready for Baltimore."
- Dan Bailey thrives under pressure but he might have felt more nervous at the end of the practice. In order to get the rest of the day off -- and a trip to the beach -- Bailey had to make a long field goal, but he swiped his first attempt wide to the left. He moved back 5 yards, believed to be a 60-yarder. "We didn't want to do that walk-through," Witten said. "But yeah, that was a big kick by Dan. Dan's pretty clutch. He actually moved it back five. It's a pretty gutsy move after a miss to move it back five. That's Bailey for you. He's a guy who's got a lot of confidence."
- Linebacker Justin Durant was by far the Cowboys' most active defender. He had two impressive pass breakups, including one on a wheel route to Marcel Reece where he made a leaping deflection. He also had a handful of stops in the running game as well. It was not a perfect day for the defense but it was better than Tuesday's session.
- Romo finished the day 16 of 24 in team and 7-on-7 drills but he had a less than sharp four-play run in which he was forced to throw the ball away under pressure, was late on a sideline pass to Terrance Williams, throwing behind the receiver, an interception on a forced throw to Bryant and missing Bryant on a go route. He completed nine of his last 11 throws on the day.
- Devin Street was feisty. He got into the first scrap of the morning with Larry Asante while blocking the Oakland linebacker and then needed to be separated from Brown and veteran safety Charles Woodson.
- The Cowboys wrap up their final full practice in Oxnard on Thursday with a 3:45 p.m. PT workout.