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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Friday Mini-Camp Observations

    http://dal.scout.com/2/1206129.html
    By Steve Lansdale
    RanchReport.com
    Posted Jul 28, 2012



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    IRVING, Tex. - Almost 40 players were on the field Friday for the final day of the Cowboys’ mini-camp for rookies, one-year veterans, players who missed any portion of the team’s offseason program and quarterbacks. The Cowboys will head to Oxnard, Calif., this weekend for training camp.
    • The players on the Physically Unable to Perform list remained out of drills, although guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (hip) and wide receiver Danny Coale put in extensive work with a member of the team training staff, including some light running — going forward, backward and to each side — and some running drills while attached to the trainer by a long elastic cord to increase resistance.

    • Target practice? The quarterbacks and receivers/tight ends engaged in a skeleton (no defense) passing drill in which a receiver took a few steps at the snap of the ball and then turned and cut across the field. But the quarterbacks weren’t dropping soft passes over the line of scrimmage; instead, they were firing fastballs at the receivers from very short range, no more than 10 yards. If the passes’ accuracy was off even a little bit, the receivers had very little chance to match receptions, and several saw passes ricochet off their hands. Receivers Donovan Kemp and Cole Beasley and tight end James Hanna showed the most consistency making receptions.

    • Track star-turned-cornerback Teddy Williams again showed his improved hands, making several nice catches in drills, including one when he out-leaped two other players and twisted
  2. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutan for hire; blues and southern rock Staff Member

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    Hanna catching the ball well. That's an improvement. Romo needs to work on that quick slant.
  3. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    interesting parts.


    • The team has two punters on the roster: Chris Jones, who filled in last year when Mat McBriar injured a nerve in his leg, and Delbert Alvarado, a kicker/punter hybrid who has been in camp in each of the last two seasons. Alvarado has attended this week’s mini-camp, but one team staffer (not a coach or scout) said he wasn’t surprised McBriar signed this week with the Philadelphia Eagles because the Cowboys “have so much invested in Jones and really like him.” Does that mean Jones will make the team. Not yet, but he will have the edge heading into training camp


    • New offensive line coach Bill Callahan put his guys through several drills to work on recognition of what the defense is doing and lateral quickness. He had four offensive linemen line up with the other two standing in as mock defensive linemen (there were only six in the workouts). One of the “defenders” would stay put at the snap of the ball, while the other would shoot through, and an offensive lineman was charged with coming across behind his offensive teammates to pick up the would-be pass-rusher and keep him away from the mock quarterback. The quickest recognition and lateral movement belonged to rookie guard Ronald Leary, an undrafted free agent from Memphis.

    • Target practice? The quarterbacks and receivers/tight ends engaged in a skeleton (no defense) passing drill in which a receiver took a few steps at the snap of the ball and then turned and cut across the field. But the quarterbacks weren’t dropping soft passes over the line of scrimmage; instead, they were firing fastballs at the receivers from very short range, no more than 10 yards. If the passes’ accuracy was off even a little bit, the receivers had very little chance to match receptions, and several saw passes ricochet off their hands. Receivers Donovan Kemp and Cole Beasley and tight end James Hanna showed the most consistency making receptions.

    hanna with hands? :cool:
  4. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    :cool:
    :cool: yep, i couldnt post it all, but saw some things that havent been mentioned before
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Hope the staff is right about jones; we have been spoiled for a long time with McBriar. So many do not realize how important that extra 5-10 yards he would get and how well he could pin the other team back.

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