The Cowboys revved up the competition on Sunday with their annual Blue-White Scrimmage. So far the first week of training camp practices have featured some exciting moments for the Cowboys’ offense but it’s the defense that has walked away the winner more often than not. The Blue-White Scrimmage is always a treat for camp visitors because it features some live tackling, about as close to real football as you can get until preseason starts. Let’s review a summary of the festivities for today’s practice.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL LIVE TACKLING https://t.co/RgAE7DulrN— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 4, 2019
Stands are full for the Cowboys’ annual blue-white scrimmage as Dak Prescott and the QBs take the field pic.twitter.com/nxKjVf59qN— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2019
Who’s got the day off?
As Cowboys exercise caution with Sean Lee (knee), Amari Cooper (heel), and Zack Martin (back), no surprise to see them sit out of this one.
As expected, no practice today for Amari Cooper, Zack Martin and Sean Lee— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2019
It’ll be quite a workload for the two veteran backup offensive linemen:
Joe Looney and Xavier Su’a-Filo getting work with first and second units.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 4, 2019
Goal-Line? More like G.O.A.T.-Line?
The Cowboys struggled mightily last season in goal-to-go situations, you can bet that having Jason Witten back in the lineup in a sight for sore eyes. Witten finds an easy opening and Dak Prescott gives the G.O.A.T. the rock...TOUCHDOWN! Too easy for these two and brings back some fond memories of Jason Witten’s OT dagger to the Eagles in Dak’s rookie season.
I’m not video’ing goal line drills, because I’m posing as a TV guy for the next 20 minutes, but Dak just threw the easiest touchdown pass I think I’ve ever seen to Jason Witten in the back of the end zone. Came off a nice play action fake.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 4, 2019
Goal-Line #2: Darius Jackson shakes loose for the score here running with the first-team offense.
Darius Jackson sneaks in from the 2. pic.twitter.com/lgWtSAe0ea— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 4, 2019
Goal-line goes to the offense!
Productive goal-line session for the first-team offense: a Dak rollout TD to Witten and Darius Jackson muscled in on the next snap. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) August 4, 2019
Tavon Austin with a repeat performance
Yesterday was a solid day for Tavon Austin, who is battling for a roster spot in a crowded receiver room. He was back out there for an encore in today’s scrimmage, building on his chemistry with Dak Prescott and working himself open between coverage for a nice gain.
Austin’s calling card is his speed but he’s an underrated route runner and does a really nice job of working back to his quarterback. This was just a heck of a connection for Dak and Tavon, one to continue building upon.
7-on-7: Offense bounces back after two-straight days of defense dominating
The 7-on-7 has been the roughest patch for the offense thus far, they were absolutely stifled in the last two practices. Give the offense credit for pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and starting aggressive today:
The second-team offense kept their foot on the gas as Jordan Chunn finds a lane and zips through the defense.
Dak finds his man on back-to-back red zone reps, first Tavon, then Michael Gallup notch victories on the day.
Defense has seen enough as Xavier Woods turns the tide
Just as the offense is starting to throw some haymakers, the defense does like every great heel in Pro Wrestling with Xavier Woods cutting off the babyfaces momentum. TIP-DRILL!!!
Another Xavier Woods interception. His third of training camp pic.twitter.com/amdFqGqdlo— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2019
Several reps later, the backs aren’t finding much room as Tony Pollard is stopped in his tracks.
No running room for Tony Pollard pic.twitter.com/HwXvVG6DgY— John Owning (@JohnOwning) August 4, 2019
Maliek Collins just ferociously eating up the rushing lanes which is a good thing for the Cowboys defense as they need playmakers on the interior defensive line:
Maliek Collins continues to make stops pic.twitter.com/gG20A1XIe5— John Owning (@JohnOwning) August 4, 2019
The offense didn’t let the defense build up too much before they got their comeback, Tony Pollard just too fast, too furious, as he makes the defense pay for an earlier pass interference:
Cedrick Wilson introduces himself to the second-team defense with a reverse that goes for six:
In the end, the first-team defense finished with a goal-line-stand.
First-team defense with the goal line stop pic.twitter.com/AwmndfJYE8— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2019
Offense’s two-minute excellence not enough to save the day
The Cowboys offense was firing today despite some big names being out healing. Dak Prescott found Jason Witten, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb for nice gains. Too bad Brett Maher’s miss took the air out of such a nice setup :
Both pet cat receivers, Jon’Vea Johnson and Reggie Davis, fell back to earth with multiple drops and a fumble.
2nd drop of the day from Jon'Vea Johnson pic.twitter.com/vChiTcJwGg— John Owning (@JohnOwning) August 4, 2019
Reggie Davis with a nice catch over the middle for the second team, but he took some contact and fumbled. Our pets’ heads are falling off out here.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) August 5, 2019
Reggie Davis fumbles after getting open over the middle pic.twitter.com/4ZGl5oAuhQ— John Owning (@JohnOwning) August 5, 2019
The offense should be proud of their efforts but the defense is still balling out in Cali!
Cowboys D has forced regular turnovers in camp.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 5, 2019
Dak Prescott: “This defense is good. They’re going to do that. They’re going to frustrate me, they’re going to frustrate a bunch of quarterbacks we play this season.”