1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

Featured Went To Camp Today - Here's What I Saw

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by DandyDon1722, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

    2,567 Messages
    1,142 Likes Received
    Hey Everyone,

    For the past three years I've written some updates on my camp visits so this is what I saw from today.

    1. Make no mistake about it - there's a new rock star on the Dallas Cowboys and his name is Dez Bryant. He dominated the day in every way possible, on the field, with the media and was the clear favorite with the crowd.

    On the field he was simply awesome. I've seen a lot of camp days but nobody ever dominated a practice like he did today. There were one on one drills with him and Mo and Mo simply could not defend him. He was being as physical as possible to the point of probably several interference penalties but he could not stop Dez from catching the ball. Then in the 11-11 (full pads by the way) he made some spectacular catches in traffic that literally took the breath away from the crowd. It wasn't so much as everybody cheered as they just laughed and shook their heads saying to each other, "can you believe that?"

    There was one play where JJ Wilcox lit him up pretty good with a high hit over the middle and he just bounced up. Wilcox even checked on him to make sure he was okay and Dez shook him off.

    After practice he hung out talking with the coaches at midfield and a swarm of media blew by every single other player coming off the field to wait for him. He then held court for about 20 minutes which I thought was good because he seems to be more comfortable with interviews.

    After the interview the fans went crazy as he headed towards the gates where all the autograph seekers were. If he stays out of trouble I believe Dez is going to be the face of the franchise for the next ten years and if he's available in your fantasy draft DO NOT hesitate.

    2. Tony Romo was very sharp today. I didn't notice the weight difference, but his throws in the one on one drills were right on the money and in 11-11 he found receivers all over the field. No picks and only a couple times he would've been sacked with one bad snap. Orton was solid, checking down quite a but but I think that's going to be his job if he gets in anyhow. After that we're in deep deep trouble - trust me.

    3. It's very evident we've picked up the pace at the line of scrimmage. Romo refers to his wristband a lot, we huddle closer to the line and there's not the constant pre snap moving around. It's "180...hut" and the play is off. Romo did draw two consecutive offsides with hard counts (both on Ware I believe) who jumped on the 180 snap count when the ball wasn't snapped. BTW - Frederick really gets the ball back fast...no lollipops in his snaps.

    4. No way to sugar coat this one - Miles looked really bad. He had a hard time getting separation in the one on one drills and he seemed to bobble every throw. Rarely did he make a clean snatch of the ball. He just didn't look explosive, at least not today. Maybe he has to get his legs under him a bit but this is troubling because nobody is going to risk going one on one with Dez so there will be opportunities on the other side.

    5. Two guys really surprised me in person with their size. Gavin Escobar is huge. You have to see him in person to really get it. He's going to be a great target for Tony. The other guy who really is bigger that I thought is Kyle Wilber. I know he's a little undersized for his position but he ain't small. I read where Ware is teaching him to use his quickness. Let's hope he figures it out.

    6. Honest to god I thought the offensive line was decent today and remember, they were hitting in pads. There were some holes in the running game and neither Romo or Orton never really scrambled. Free, Arkin, Frederick, Kowalski and Smith were the starters and they held their own for the most part.

    7. The most interesting part of the day was I overheard a conversation with a cameraman and a guy in a suit standing right in front of me on the fence and the suit told him that Garrett has really taken to coaching the team and not just the offense. He is enjoying running from station to station and thinks it's going to prove to be be a good move as a head coach in the long run.

    8. If I was a receiver in practice I'm pretty sure before camp ended I would be in a fight with Sean Lee. He is constantly pushing the envelope hitting people. He's chippy -- even after the whistle and he's nasty about it too. :)

    9. Terrance Williams had a good practice today. I heard he's been struggling but he looked pretty good.

    10. Scanderick made an unbelievable pick in one on one drills where he caught the ball in one hand, palmed it and ran with it never using the other hand.

    11. Demarco Murray is going to catch a lot of balls out of the backfield. They ran a middle screen that would've busted for a long gain before he was even touched.

    12. Kickers were awesome today. Bailey I think went 5-6 from 45 and Chris Jones was bombing punts.

    Guess that's it. It's still camp and this is the eye test of a fan but I used to coach college basketball and from that perspective I liked the tempo and enthusiasm of practice. Everybody is constantly engaged. Nobody is on a knee with their helmet off. Best of all is seeing Monty Kiffen jogging from drill to drill, clapping his hands and yelling. May we all find a career with the same amount of passion.

    I probably won't be able to respond to questions until tomorrow night but hope this holds you over until tomorrow's practice.
    TheSkaven, Sgt, Nirvana and 58 others like this.
  2. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

    15,260 Messages
    2,456 Likes Received
    Thanks for the report. They're always appreciated.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  3. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

    7,979 Messages
    411 Likes Received
    Thanks for the insightful live report DandyDon, :)
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  4. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

    15,260 Messages
    2,456 Likes Received
    Oh, sure. One up me by throwing in some adjectives. I get it. :p
    03EBZ06 likes this.
  5. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

    7,491 Messages
    193 Likes Received
    So jealous. I worked open to close, your watching our boys! :( lol. Thanks for the recap, sounds like a good day!
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  6. Staubacher

    Staubacher Well-Known Member

    2,521 Messages
    2,368 Likes Received
    Man great stuff! Thanks so much. Its nice to hear from an informed fan as a change of pace from the often snarky media. Really encouraged about Dez and Romo. We need miles this year but I really think he is being phased out. Oline news is good
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  7. coult44

    coult44 Well-Known Member

    1,626 Messages
    929 Likes Received


    Great JOB......I'm totalllllllllllllly envious, I love this type of stuff, and I trust it a million times more than the media...Do you happen to have any pictures?
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  8. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

    4,389 Messages
    1,785 Likes Received
    Interesting about Kowalski and Arkin as the starting guards. Who were the 2nd team guards? And how did Costa do at center?
  9. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

    39,614 Messages
    1,875 Likes Received
    Thank you sir. Loved it. And the part about Dez, I think I said earlier when someone asked who's going to be remembered, Dez Bryant could be, we may be looking at an historic figure possibly. It's up to him, and the injury gods.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  10. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

    5,042 Messages
    145 Likes Received
    Really good stuff there! Appreciate the time and analysis. Things like this, a few of the other reports, the posted Dez interview, jumpstarts my Cowboy season's antici....pation. Very enthusing to read this!
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  11. Heelsboy

    Heelsboy Well-Known Member

    318 Messages
    428 Likes Received
    Thanks for the report! I always appreciate reading stuff like this.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  12. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

    9,732 Messages
    80 Likes Received
    These are the kind of reports I like best. The tweets are okay, but this is a lot more informative.

    DandyDon, did you notice Eric Rogers? The mediots were impressed with him so I wonder what your take is.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  13. Cumart21

    Cumart21 Active Member

    314 Messages
    190 Likes Received
    Loving the pace of the pre-snap offense. Am I the only one who's tired of D Ware jumping offsides?
  14. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

    67,140 Messages
    6,923 Likes Received
    Great, great observations... Something about a fan's take just gets me pumped. Feeds ALL my homeristic tendencies. lol
    jobberone, Reality and Little Jr like this.
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

    61,243 Messages
    4,572 Likes Received
    Thanks...Love these reports and observations from fellow fans.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  16. DCBoysfan

    DCBoysfan Hardwork and Dedication Zone Supporter

    4,529 Messages
    211 Likes Received
    Thank you for the feedback from camp.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  17. CowboyGil

    CowboyGil Well-Known Member

    1,194 Messages
    344 Likes Received
    Awesome report! Really gets the blood pumping for some football!!
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  18. dasander

    dasander Member

    138 Messages
    20 Likes Received
    Thanks for the camp observations:)! Man that's worrisome about Miles though. He's been one of my favorite players the past couple of years and it would suck if this is the year that his play starts to drop off. Wasn't too long ago he was our #1 receiver:(.
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  19. bmzt31

    bmzt31 Member

    251 Messages
    18 Likes Received
    It's awesome to get fans perspective since most of us can't get out there to witness this for ourselves. Can't wait till its finally starts
    jobberone and Reality like this.
  20. bigdnlaca

    bigdnlaca Active Member

    971 Messages
    32 Likes Received
    I agree. I was hoping that this will be the year that he will come through because of Dez gaining more attention. If Williams can show he can play outside in the NFL, Miles can go to the slot and might be able to exploit mismatches.

Share This Page