Update [2006-8-7 23:29:35 by Grizz]: Bad news on the injury front. According to Mickey Spags:
Sorry to disappoint you guys, but besides the walk-through on Saturday before the scrimmage, this was undoubtedly the dullest practice since training camp started. A few things were working against us; starting with the practice being held on the opposite field. The players were also in shorts and shoulder-pads which always brings down the level of intensity, then to top it all off, most drills were wither done at half-speed or ¾-speed. But below is what I have for you anyway.
They started out with some punt formation work with Newman and Green working as the punt returners. They proceeded to do some 7-on-7 work with the defense only, with defensive players imitating the offense while the QB's and RB's were doing some basic hand-off drills. Meanwhile the linemen were doing technique work. Then they ran some half-speed 11-on-11 drills. The lineups remained the same as they were this morning, Sam Hurd working with the 1st team along with Flozell and Gurode, Stanley stayed with the 2nd team. Neither Owens nor Glenn was dressed and Stephen Peterman was running with the trainers and Marcus Spears was doing some light jogging.
After the 11-on-11 they broke off into position drills and they added in the TE vs. OLB blocking drills that they started doing this morning. But this time it wasn't full speed and was mainly about technique.
Next came an 11-on-11 drill run at ¾-speed with the pass rush holding up so there wasn't pressure on the QB. Bledsoe threw to Crayton a little high and Crayton couldn't hold on, they ran a sweep to the left with JJ, Bledsoe hit Hurd on an out pattern and then hit Witten in the seam.
Romo ran a draw with MB3, and then ran MB3 to the right. Romo threw a nice ball to Rector on an out and then hit Tolver on an out. He finished by overthrowing a ball deep. Henson came on but I confess I missed this drill because I was trying to score some VIP passes, which may or may not come through. (Sorry, everybody).
After that they practiced some more punt drills with the outside gunners running a separate drill from the inside guys on the coverage team. One thing I noticed is they had Sam Hurd working as a gunner so it looks like Parcells is trying to find a spot for him on the roster because if he makes it as a 4th or 5th receiver he's got to play special teams.
They moved on to 7-on-7 drills with Bledsoe throwing the first pass away because of excellent coverage. One good sign was that Ellis hat JJ blanketed in the flats. He then threw a bad pass that Henry should've picked off but he dropped it. Next he threw to Fasano in the flats but Ayodele jumped the pass. Finally, he threw high over Tolver.
Romo hit Tolver who made a nice catch against A. Glenn, then Polite caught one on the sideline, Rector caught a short pass and then he hit Fasano in the flats. Henson followed up by hitting Fasano, then made a good throw on a post pattern that connected with Tolver, MB3 caught a dump-off and then he overthrew Crayton on an out pattern.
Next up was some more 11-on-11 with Bledsoe making a bad throw on a screen, then he hit Witten on an out, JJ bounced an inside run outside with a nice move, then Bledsoe dumped the ball to Fasano. The series ended with an MB3 sweep.
Romo's series including a misfire on an out pattern, hitting Copper on the sideline on an out pattern, and then threw a bad pass to Copper. Henson's included an over-throw to Hannam, a nice strike to Fasano, another over-throw that was cause by a strong rush, a connection with Tolver and a quick slant to Miles Austin.
They finished with some quick redzone and goal line work, but it was at the opposite endzone from where I was standing and the players were obscuring the view. But I did manage to see Sam Hurd make another acrobatic catch on a pass by Bledsoe, Rector made a good grab on the sideline on a Romo pass and Henson connected with Austin on a nice play in the corner. Also, Terence Newman picked-off a Bledsoe pass.
Practice was over as Parcells cut it short. It was the second practice of a two-a-day so it seemed like he kind of took it easy on them. Not much excitement, but tomorrow's another day.