The Dallas Cowboys practiced in shorts and shoulder pads in a spirited practice that included a lot of hitting. The team is definitely ready to hit another team as things got chippy with a mini-fight between Marc Colombo and Tearrius George that was quickly broken up and both players were sent off. Tank Johnson was taking a few light, extra-curricular shots at QB Jeff Terrell during the OL/DL drills. And Roy Williams closed the practice with a nice hit during a goal line run. The team is ready to go, they need fresh meat to hit.
T.O. and Flo both practiced today and Alan Ball fully participated. After the warm-up drills, which included Zach Thomas fielding a few punts, they moved to 9-on-9 running drills while the CB/WR 1-on-1 took place at the other end of the field. Romo opened the 9-on-9 with a handoff to MB3 but Ratliff moved down the line to close it out. MB3 tried to get wide but Zach and Ware were in position for a stop. Spears got good penetration on Gurode forcing the next run away from the middle, Felix made a nice turn on the corner on the next run then Tank blew up Gurode in the middle while Carpenter stopped Felix. Cricket couldn’t get Spencer blocked on another Felix run. Brad gave it to Choice and he made some nice moves on the right side. Choice then tried the middle and found too much traffic and bounced outside. Coleman found a lot of room on the edge as Walden and Carpenter got pushed inside. Coleman took another run but Ware was up in his grill in the backfield. Bartel gave to Lattimore but Canty got into the backfield then a middle run by Lattimore was OK. Romo came back on and gave to MB3 who had an OK run to the left, Felix tried the middle for not much, then Kosier couldn’t get Hatcher blocked and he stopped a Choice run.
Special teams break where Nick Folk went 8-for-8 on FG’s and then they went to punt coverage. The inside coverage guys were Bennett, Carpenter, Rogers, Burnett, Spencer and Curtis with Hurd and Watkins as the gunner. Cricket was the protector and L.P. of course was the long snapper.
Back to scrimmaging with a session of 11-on-11. Romo hit Curtis who had Bradie right on him but held on to the catch. After a poor pass from Romo, he hit
Romo back in and he Witten deep down the seam beating Zach, MB3 caught one in the flats and Ellis or Canty had a sack but the play rolled on and Romo hit Stanback deep over the middle. Romo finished by throwing low to T.O. but he scooped it up in front of AJ. Brad attempted a deep out to Stanback but didn’t have the arm to get it there then he tried to hit Cruz but he was covered well and couldn’t bring the catch in.
Next, 7-on-7 was going on at one end while OL/DL 2-on-2 stunt drills were going on at our end. (The accuracy of this section is in question; spotting and charting this drill was very difficult but I think it's mostly accurate). Flozell and Kosier battled Ware and Canty, the first time Canty slid by Kosier but the second time the o-line was solid. Marcus Dixon and Marcus Smith battled Bigg and Gurode with the o-line winning. Ellis and Tank battled Bigg and
They finished with 11-on-11 off of the offenses’ goal line and driving the length of the field. Romo started with a run up the middle to get some room by MB3. Watkins broke up a pass intended for Curtis then
Brad started from his own goal line and got some room on a Cruz run through the middle. After a checkdown pass to a TE, he hit
That was it for us and was the last training camp practice for me in 2008. I hope you guys enjoyed reading them as much as I did watching the practices. I tried to give you guys an eye into practice and get a feel for how the practices flow and how each player is progressing over the past week. I’ll be flying home tomorrow so I won’t be posting again until Wednesday. I might be able to jump in on some of the comments and I’ll do a wrap-up of training camp later this week.