The pads went back on today and the hits seemed to snap the Cowboys out of their Wednesday fog. The offense regained some of the spark it showed during Tuesday's drills as the team went through a spirited two hour workout.
The order on the early special teams drills today was kickoff returns as Tyson Thompson and Marion Barber got reps with the first unit. After the daily walkthrough drills and stretching, the defensive drills worked on recognition of misdirection plays. The linebackers, in particular, worked on recognizing cross blocks on running plays and not being sucked inside.
The units then broke into offensive versus defensive sub-units, with the old veterans, Larry Allen and Flozell Adams showing some push in the three on three drills. After another special teams drill the first running 11-on-11 drill was held, with the offense getting a more consistent push versus the defense. Andre Gurode got some praise for his work as Julius Jones and Tyson Thompson produced some good runs.
The team went back to unit work with the offensive and defensive linemen working on stunts and stunt pickups while the offensive skill position players and the back seven defenders worked seven against seven. Demarcus Ware got some work as a left defensive end in his drill and frustrated Rob Petitti.
The final eleven on eleven saw the first team offense put up more big plays. Bledsoe followed a nice crossing route to Patrick Crayton with a perfectly executed post to Terry Glenn, who got behind Terence Newman and Keith Davis. Crayton looks very effective going over the middle, which is probably why he has pulled ahead of Quincy Morgan, who had a reputation, according to K.C. Joyner, for shying away from the middle of the field while in Cleveland.
The defense was not without its moments. Roy Williams threw a Bledsoe pass to Reggie Harrell off target with a well timed safety blitz, and the line had plays that would have produced sacks (the linemen are required to pull up and the QB is allowed to continue the play). However, the offense, far more often than not, was able to recognize blitzes and make the proper adjustments on the fly. This continues the good work against the blitz they showed on Tuesday.
Copyright 2005 by Rafael Vela
Note: I'll only file one report tomorrow, after the morning practice. I have an early flight to catch Saturday morning and need to get back to the city. I hope you're enjoying these.