Sunday marked the annual Blue/White scrimmage for the Dallas Cowboys. The practice was streamed on the mothership’s website for fans everywhere to see.
The Cowboys will play a game on Thursday when they travel to San Francisco for their first bit of preseason action, but what can we learn from the in-team “spring game?”
Here are seven takeaways from what we saw on Sunday (how good did that sound, btw?).
Tavon Austin is definitely an offensive weapon worth having
When the Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin during the draft many rolled their eyes. He’s done nothing but make plays throughout camp, and that note was echoed loudly on Sunday.
Not only did the Cowboys use Tavon Austin on a reverse (!) but he caught a pass on the outside by going up and snatching it. Yes, Tavon Austin.
This is going to be fun.
Ezekiel Elliott looks to be in fine form
Zeke ripped off some big runs early on before the scrimmage. In a season where he’s looking to bounce back big time, everything is coming up Elliott early on in August.
The Cowboys also seem to be using Elliott more in passing situations (something we’ve all screamed for) which is a very good thing. Any time the ball is in Zeke’s hands something glorious is on the cusp of happening. Let’s feed him however we can.
Taco Charlton should be better in year two
After initially coming up a bit hobbled on the Tavon Austin reverse play, Taco thankfully re-entered practice. He even pulled off a sack that helped the Cowboys defense win one in two-minute situations.
Anthony Brown is backing up the nod to put him in the slot
There’s been a little bit of an uproar regarding Anthony Brown getting the nod at slot corner over Jourdan Lewis, and part of that is just how good of a player Jourdan is.
The thing about this whole situation though is that Anthony Brown is also a very good player. He had a great pick on Dak Prescott that was all about what he saw and jumped on. He also tipped a pass that Jeff Heath picked off. If he does ultimately start in the slot, the position is in good hands.
The Cowboys secondary as a whole might be really good
There were three interceptions that felt like they happened back to back to back throughout practice. Obviously Anthony Brown had his, but both Jeff Heath and Kam Kelly grabbed passes off of tips.
Four 2-minute drills...— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 6, 2018
Two drives with Dak, both ended in interceptions.
One drive with Rush, ended with a TD to Tavon Austin.
One drive with White, ended with an interception.
Four picks so far...three are off of deflections. Ward is the latest to be rewarded of a pass from Sturm.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 6, 2018
Kris Richard’s impact is very real.
Lance Lenoir is doing everything he can to make the 53-man roster
At one point during redzone drills, Cooper Rush floated a ball to Lance Lenoir in the endzone. It should be noted that it was a beautiful throw.
The ball found Lenoir’s shoulder as he twisted his body and toe-tapped well inside of the paint. It was an incredible touchdown that served as a bit of an exclamation point on the training camp period Lenoir has been having.
Zack Martin can field punts, too
In keeping with football traditions of old, Jason Garrett had Zack Martin field a punt to get the team out of post-practice springs.
Chris Jones booted one up over the California sky, and Zack Martin came down with it. It took him to his knees, but a catch is a catch (at least the NFL thinks so).
That does it for 2018’s blue and white scrimmage. What did you see? What did you like? Let’s discuss, BTB.