The Dallas Cowboys had all their draft choices practicing today as first round pick Mike Jenkins was suited up and participating. The Cowboys slid him into the second unit for most of practice. Early on they lined up for kickoffs with a variety of guys as the return men like Miles Austin, Adam Jones, Mike Jenkins, Orlando Scandrick and others. When they went to kickoff formation later in practice Miles Austin was the first unit primary return guy with Isaiah Stanback as the off-blocking return guy. Adam Jones was the primary on the second unit with Danny Amendola as the off-guy. The third unit was Felix Jones as the primary and Sam Hurd as the off-guy.
Over where the defensive line was warming up Tank Johnson was holding court with the fans telling them he has problems retaining sodium and that he can’t drink water; he needs a special mixture drink so he doesn’t get dehydrated. The guy is pretty funny. Marcus Spears decided he needed some practice catching passes and got in line with the receivers for their drills.
During the positional drills for the offensive line they were working on run blocking. They pulled Kosier on the runs to the right with Deon Anderson following him to create a seal on the edge. On some runs to the left they were pulling Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode. Later they worked on combo blocks where they double-team one guy then one offensive lineman breaks off and picks up another guy. They also worked on picking up blitzing linebackers around the edge.
Next up was some work on the running game in the redzone. MB3 tried a couple of runs that ran into a lot of traffic and after that Ratliff stuffed a run in the backfield. Felix Jones took a handoff and made a nice cutback and got into the secondary where
While that was going on they were running WR/CB drills on the other side, I didn’t get to watch that but I did see one play. T.O. lined up against AJ, T.O. ran what looked like a corner, but it was double move that turned into a post; AJ bit hard on the corner fake and T.O. dusted him for a long bomb TD.
Next they ran kickoff drills, above I gave you the return combinations. The first unit blockers were Curtis, Procter, McQuistan and Spencer as the wedge, with Watkins, Carpenter, Rogers, Bennett and Burnett on the front line. The second unit wedge was Crosslin, Bowen, Hatcher and Cruz with Choice, Robertson, Bradford, Walden and Davis across the front. They tried a couple of onside kicks with
Next up they ran 7-on-7 drills at one end and 1-on-1 OL/DL drills at our end. I watched the OL/DL drills. Hannah did OK on Ware, then Ware tried to bull-rush Hannah with some success. Spears put a good swim move on
Ware put an up–and-in move on Flo, McQ did a poor job popping Spencer on a speed rush, Berger handled Spears and Proctor held-up Remi. Bowen got run wide by Marten, Free pushed Walden wide around the QB, and McQ did the same to Ellis. Siavii got blocked by Proctor, Marten handled
They went back to special teams and Nick Folk kicked a few kickoffs to the five-yard line and some others to the goal line.
They closed the practice with 11-on-11. Romo hit
Romo threw a screen pass to MB3 with Gurode and Bigg out front but Ware beat Gurode to blow it up. Romo and MB3 fumbled a handoff and Ratliff jumped on the ball. Romo hit T.O. on a short pass where T-New fell down, then Felix tried a run but Burnett filled the hole. T.O. caught a deep pass between Carpenter and Watkins. Romo finished with a draw to Felix.
Brad was next and threw a screen to Choice but Bradie smothered it.
Brad came back and hit Ronnie Cruz on a short catch then tried to hit Bennett who was covered by Bradie. They went to the ground but Bennett couldn’t hold onto the ball. Bartel tried to hit Crayton but Newman almost picked it off, it looked like Burnett had a sack anyway. He then overthrew Amendola in the middle, had to scramble on the next play, and finished with a swing pass to Lattimore with Hatcher in his face.
That’s it, tomorrow has two practices. Stay tuned for more 2008 Dallas Cowboys training camp.