The Cowboys held their annual Blue/White scrimmage on Sunday and it gave everyone an inside look at the entire practice. From 1-on-1 battles to red zone drills, the team gave us a lot to examine. With so much to see, here is a complete stock report for every position as we check in to see whose stock is up and whose stock is down.
Up: Cooper Rush
Down: Dak Prescott, Mike White, and Dalton Sturm
Cooper Rush continues to play well in camp. The team had four 2-minute drives on Sunday, with Prescott leading two of them and Rush and White each leading one. Rush’s drive was the only one that resulted in a touchdown as the other three drives all ended in picks.
Prescott’s first pick came when Anthony Brown jumped a route and got in front of Cole Beasley. Then, he tried to hit Terrance Williams on the run, but once again Brown got there first and deflected the ball up in the air. Jeff Heath was there for the easy pick. Prescott’s performance in camp has been underwhelming so far, but that’s how it’s been every year during camp for him. The true test will come with how he looks when real football begins.
White also had a pick off a deflection, but he also had trouble handling the snap. Twice the snap was fumbled. Based on what we’ve seen from White in camp so far, there is no guarantee that he’ll be given a roster spot. It will be interesting to see how these next few weeks play out.
There was nothing about how UDFA quarterback Dalton Sturm played that gave fans anything to be excited about.
Up: Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Trey Williams
Down: Bo Scarbrough
Elliott showed off his burst as he took off flying around the edge for a touchdown run during the team’s redzone work. He looks explosive. Smith also had an easy walk-in touchdown and topped it off with an emphatic leap into the air.
Trey Williams was recently cut and will likely be cut again before the season begins, but he had a couple nice runs showcasing his speed.
Scarbrough carried the ball a couple of times, but couldn’t find any room to run. He did catch a screen pass near the goal line that might have been a score if they were allowed to smash each other. Most of Scarbrough’s touches had him running lateral rather than north-and-south where he is at his best.
Up: Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns, and Lance Lenoir
Down: Marchie Murdock
The more we watch gadget back Tavon Austin, the more excited we get about what he can bring to the offense. The first play of the scrimmage featured a reverse off a pitch from Elliott that allowed Austin to have room to run. Just the threat of what he can do with the ball in his hands is going to have the defense on their heels. He also went up and stole the ball from Chavarius Ward for a touchdown.
Hurns had a nice touchdown catch at the back of the end zone during the red zone period. He had missed practice recently with groin tightness so it was good to see him out there performing.
At this point in time, it’s hard to believe the Cowboys won’t keep Lenoir on the 53-man roster. He’s playing so well and every day he adds another catch to his highlight reel. Sunday was no exception as he had a nice touchdown catch where he did a great job keeping his feet in bounds.
Lenoir has caught a break in terms of opportunities with injuries to Cedrick Wilson (out for the season), Noah Brown, and Deonte Thompson, but you have to give the kid credit for making the most of his opportunities. He’s absolutely killing it in camp.
Not that Marchie Murdock has a chance to make the roster, but he didn’t help his case to make another squad by squandering a well placed pass by Mike White. The ball just bounced off him and into the hands of Kam Kelly for the interception.
Up: Rico Gathers and Geoff Swaim
Rico has been under fire recently, but to his credit - he had himself a nice practice on Sunday. He was a popular target in 7-on-7 drills and reminded us that he can be a huge red zone threat.
Swaim also had a nice touchdown catch on a perfectly thrown pass from Prescott.
Up: Zack Martin and Joe Looney
Down: La’el Collins
Martin continues to dominate every matchup to the point of it almost not being fair. He plays with such great leverage and uses his hands extremely well to where pass rushers have little to no chance. They go where Martin wants them to go.
Not only does he play guard extremely well, but it looks like he can field punts too. Martin would catch a Chris Jones punt cleanly, getting his team out of wind sprints to end practice.
Not much has been said about Joe Looney in camp and many are just penciling him in as one of the team’s offensive lineman. Looney is starting to look better and had a great showing in Sunday’s 1-on-1 battles. His place on this team looks safe.
La’el Collins and Taco Charlton have had some pretty intense battles so far in camp, but on Sunday, it was the second-year edge rusher who was on the winning end. Collins fell victim to Charlton’s patented spin move, freeing Taco up for a clean shot at the quarterback.
Up: Taco Charlton
Down: Kony Ealy
There was a little bit of a scare when Charlton hobbled off the field with an apparent knee injury. He would end up being okay and even returned to action to get a sack. The second-year pass rusher continues to show improvement in camp.
The Cowboys signed Ealy to give them some depth and despite the flux of defensive ends they have on the team, many thought he’d still make the team and give them a veteran pressure. I’m not so sure about that anymore. Ealy has been unimpressive and could end up being a roster cut if things don’t improve.
Up: Antwaun Woods
If you’re looking for a dark horse defensive tackle to sneak on to the roster, Woods might be your guy. The Cowboys favor penetrating DTs versus big body block absorbers, but Woods might give them both of those things. An UDFA signed by Tennessee in 2016, Woods now has a shot to give the Cowboys defense much needed help on the interior defensive line. Not only is he winning some matchups, but he’s now seeing double teams. On Sunday he was rewarded by running with the 1’s.
Woods did pull up lame holding his hamstring, but was later seen back in the trenches.
Up: Kyle Queiro
There wasn’t much to see from the linebackers on Sunday, but if I had to single out a standout player it would be rookie Kyle Queiro. He had a nice day, recovering a fumble and tackling the running back for a loss.
I’m not sure who the responsible party is but on one play, Blake Jarwin made a catch for a big gain without a defender anywhere close to him. Somebody blew their assignment.
Up: Anthony Brown, Marquez White, and Charvarius Ward
For anyone questioning Kris Richard’s decision to go with Brown over last year’s top corner Jourdan Lewis, you might want to give it another thought. Brown is showing up more and more in camp and on Sunday he jumped Cole Beasley’s route for a pick-six. He would also get his hand in on deep pass that resulted in another interception.
Marquez White would have a nice interception where he tracked the ball perfectly and then jumped up to high point the ball. For those who have White making the 53-man roster, this has to be a good sign.
In the daily battle of which UDFA defensive back plays well, it wasn’t the best day for rookie Charvarius Ward. He made the highlight reel, but not the way you would like. In one of the day’s best plays, Tavon Austin reached out and snared the ball away from him. The coverage wasn’t terrible, but Ward didn’t get his head turned around quickly enough and that was all the opportunity that Austin needed. But Ward would redeem himself later when he picked off a deflected pass from Dalton Sturm.
Up: Jeff Heath and Kam Kelly
Jeff Heath just shows up at the right moment and he was right where he needed to be on Sunday when he caught a defected pass from Anthony Brown. The veteran safety capitalized on good coverage from Brown and came away with the turnover.
Undrafted free agent Kam Kelly got in on the action when he was able to come down with an interception off a deflected pass. Not only did Kelly secure the ball, but he was able to get up quickly and scamper around the edge for additional yards. It’s still anyone’s guess which dark horse defensive back will secure that last roster spot, but taking the ball away certainly helps increase your chances.
Up: Dan Bailey
Let’s just consider this the “how’s Dan Bailey doing” portion of the report. Usually, the special teams group warrants nothing to see, but with a few misses under his belt this camp, people are curious if the team’s star kicker is suffering any lingering case of the yipps. Sunday provided plenty of chances for Bailey and he delivered. That’s a refreshing sight.