Scout’s Notebook: First Walkthrough Gives Look At Depth (Practice Observations Roundup)

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    OXNARD, Calif. – Some thoughts from the field in Oxnard after the first walkthrough of camp:
    • Jason Garrett likes to say that injuries are part of the game in the NFL and I couldn’t agree with him more. The first thing I learned a long time ago is that no one feels sorry for you. This league will test your resolve and your ability to adjust. For this offensive line, the ability to adjust has come very early in camp. When the first group broke the huddle today, it was Tyron Smith andDoug Free at the tackles with Travis Frederick at center, but Kevin Kowalski was inNate Livings’ spot on the left side and David Arkin was on the right side forMackenzy Bernadeau. With that group, the next trick for the coaches was going to be how they were going to play the backups. Rookie tackle Edawn Coughman took some reps on the left side at guard, which was the first time that I had seen him play inside this spring, and free agentRay Dominguez out of Arkansas was on the right side. Garrett has a plan to use rookie Travis Frederick at some point at guard and maybe even Phil Costa, who doesn’t have the bulk for the position but could be forced into action if needed. In standing behind the drills at practice today and watching the line work, it appeared that Livings should be back with the group beforeRonald Leary and Bernadeau do. For Livings, it about the cut on his foot being healed enough for him to practice.
    • It was interesting to see Lance Dunbar getting the first shot with the ones behindDeMarco Murray. I can see Dunbar in the role as the third down back in this offense with the thought that Phillip Tanner would be the second back, but that wasn’t the case. There were several plays where Dunbar received praise from Bill Callahan with his ability to read the blocks and hit the hole at the right spot. We got our first look at Joseph Randle but it was behind both Dunbar and Tanner. Seeing Randle live, he has some jump in his game. There is a burst there along with the ability to catch the ball on the move. Kendial Lawrence got some work as well but he wasn’t as noticeable as either Dunbar or Randle. I am looking forward in these next several weeks to see the learning curve of Randle and how he handles these practices. It’s clear that the talent is there but how quickly he picks up his assignments will tell you how fast he plays. It’s clear he is off to a good start when he received chances.
    • With Jay Ratliff out of the lineup with the strained hamstring, Jason Hatcher andSean Lissemore took the majority of the reps inside at defensive tackle. On the reps where I was studying their work, it appeared that Hatcher was playing the “Under Tackle” or the 3 and Lissemore played as the “Nose” or 1 technique. With the twos, Ben Bass and Nick Haydenwere getting the reps, with Ikponmwosa Igbinosun and Jeris Pendleton working with the threes. Nick Hayden appears to be a player that Rod Marinelli really likes as part of his rotation. There were several moments in the individual period where he was working with him one-on-one on his technique. Pendleton is a player that I do not know much about, but I do like what I see in his size. At 324 pounds, we will see if he can play quick enough to make himself a factor for a roster spot in this scheme.
  2. Heelsboy

    Heelsboy Well-Known Member

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    What I found the most interesting was that Johnson and Wilcox both showed up today. Especially good hearing about Johnson communicating well, I really hope he can beat out Allen for the starting spot. Having Wilcox and Allen as backups is not bad at all.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Good news that Livings isn't far from being out there.
  4. starfrombirth

    starfrombirth Well-Known Member

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    When did that become good news?
  5. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    We need all the competition we can get at each position. He started every game last year. He'll push to remain the starter.
  6. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    Apparently, not everybody underappreciates our starters.
  7. WoodysGirl

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    Camp observations: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant
    Jul 22
    AM CT
    By Todd Archer |

    And now on to far more important details:

    ** Tony Romo’s first completion of the practice went to WR Dez Bryant on an underneath route, after Bryant beat CB Brandon Carr to the spot. Carr rebounded on the next play by knocking away a Romo throw to WR Terrance Williams.

    ** The structure of practice has changed with the new coaches. The main special teams’ drills are now run in the middle of the workout instead of at the beginning. The first part of practice is for rookies and selected veterans with the full team getting together after 30 minutes.

    ** New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is stressing turnovers. In the morning walkthrough, S Matt Johnson and LB Ernie Sims came up with interceptions. LB Sean Lee intercepted Romo on a tipped ball in the afternoon and S Barry Church and CB Brandon Underwood had fumble recoveries on back to back plays in the afternoon.

    ** C Travis Frederick had one poor exchange with Romo on the day but was clean otherwise. What the rookie needs to work on his staying off the ground. He was looking up way to often after getting knocked off balance. The obvious danger is injury to teammates during practice.

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    Cowboys practice report: Day 1
    Jul 21
    PM CT
    By Calvin Watkins |
    OXNARD, Calif. -- Here's our daily practice report.


    • The Dallas Cowboys most likely lost backup defensive end Tyrone Crawford for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. Crawford suffered the injury while going through the tackling dummies. He was carted off the field. When the swelling goes down, he will undergo surgery.

    Dallas also lost starting defensive end Anthony Spencer, who tweaked his knee. Spencer said he hurt the knee during Saturday's conditioning test but tried to practice on Sunday. Spencer suffered a hyperextended left knee during offseason workouts, and it's still bothering him. Crawford and Spencer weren't alone in missing practice. Ryan Cook (conditioning test), Nate Livings (foot), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Demetress Bell (conditioning test), L.P. Ladouceur (calf), Lavasier Tuinei (conditioning test) and Jay Ratliff (hamstring) didn't practice as well.

    • Before Crawford was injured, he was the second-team defensive end along with Kyle Wilber. Ben Bass and Nick Hayden were the defensive tackles. With Crawford out, Monte Taylor took over for Crawford and did a nice job on a few plays. Taylor flushed quarterback Kyle Orton out of the pocket on the pass rush. Taylor also got a good push on tackle Jermey Parnell to make a tackle on a run play.

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