It’s the final week of action from Oxnard, California for our Cowboys. Sunday’s practice featured a lot of 11-on-11 action and much of it featured the starters as they round into shape for the season open in 28 days. Let’s check out the highlights.
The big news of course was the return of Randy Gregory to team action on the field. Here we see him teaming with Tyron Crawford on a 2-man stunt. Crawford occupied two blockers in textbook fashion. Had this been tackle football it likely would have been a sack or pressure for Gregory.
There seemed to be a lot deep balls from Dak Prescott as he repeatedly hit receivers downfield. Interestingly, none of the balls were back shoulder fades and all saw the receiver running through the route, as taught by new receivers’ coach Sanjay Lal. Here we see Dak to Terrance Williams, who was the recipient on a number of Dak targets.
Here’s another view:
Dak again to TWill:
Dak to Terrance Williams. (Scott Linehan really liked this one) pic.twitter.com/0Jrdb7TPOd— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 13, 2018
Here we see Lance Lenoir running a perfect out and up to give Dak a wide open deep target and Prescott drops a perfect ball. Unfortunately, Lenoir couldn’t hang on. Lenoir needs to finish these plays if we wants to make the final roster.
Dak Prescott with perfect deep ball on out and up to Lance Lenoir on Anthony Brown but the receiver drops the TD. pic.twitter.com/ZuVoXhIjwS— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 12, 2018
Tavon Austin also seemed busy and was on the receiving end of a number of balls.
Another nice completion from Dak Prescott to Tavon Austin pic.twitter.com/trovLkEeUH— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 13, 2018
Sean Lee also saw his first real action of training camp, here combining with Jaylon Smith on a pass break up.
There was also a Geoff Swaim sighting, the veteran tight end securing this ball after initially bobbling it.
Rico Gathers didn’t bobble this ball, though. His one-handed catch was the highlight of the afternoon practice and his best play in 2018 thus far.
Here we see what Randy Gregory was doing on the play:
So I'm focused on Randy Gregory and Rico Gathers makes a one handed catch that I missed pic.twitter.com/zEW2IvO5ZS— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 13, 2018
We also got to see first round pick Leighton Vander Esch in action, first in coverage and then attacking a wide running play:
Leighton Vander Esch in coverage pic.twitter.com/NBrDsInvqS— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 13, 2018
Randy Gregory gets caught up inside but Leighton Vander Esch comes up with big stop pic.twitter.com/Qh8uMsWjvw— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 13, 2018
Even Ezekiel Elliott got to see some action, coming right at you on this run:
There were also one-on-one drills. Love this next clip showing what these drills look like from the outside. Imagine facing your opponent with your entire team surrounding you:
Cowboys compete period reaction; what it's like to be surrounded by teammates going 1-on-1: pic.twitter.com/4xZtaN3gLf— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 13, 2018
Kony Ealy has been a disappointment from day one of camp and it continued Sunday with Kadeem Edwards beating him three consecutive times in one-on-ones. Getting beat by an offensive lineman who might not make the team doesn’t bode well for Ealy.
Kadeem Edwards beat Kony Ealy three times in compete/pass rush drills.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 13, 2018
Those who enjoyed seeing Jaylon Smith rush the passer in the team’s first pre-season game will probably love this next clip. Fans of Dalton Schultz should probably look the other way.
Only three more practices out West then the team returns to Dallas for Saturday’s pre-season tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals. Real NFL football is not that far off folks.