OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys continued their 2013 training camp Monday after the weekend scrimmage. This year, Jason Garrett’s new schedule gives even more time between the lighter morning walk-through and the afternoon practice.
Each night, DallasCowboys.com will feature the second practice of the day with the big news, the highs and lows and notable standouts.
Williams said Romo and Witten won’t let him get away with anything, and Williams appreciates hearing it. That time, Williams clearly didn’t run the right route.
“That was my first time seeing that play, and I had to just go in, and again they hold me accountable,” Williams said. “They expect me to do really good, to just always know what I’m doing, and I could have scored that play, but they still would have been mad at me, because I didn’t know what I was doing. I have to go back and continue studying this playbook some more.”
Williams likes the critiquing. He said he knows his capabilities and what kind of player he is, and now it’s a matter of making plays and getting his teammates to trust him.
“Mostly, it’s constructive criticism,” Williams said. “It’s something that I just take for a mental note, and I try not to make the same mistakes twice, because I hate making those guys mad. They tell me something once, I do it.”
From the 1-on-1 drills to the team drills and two-minute periods, Williams seems to understand the offense and get comfortable more and more each day. He said it’s nice having Romo throwing to him as well, because in addition to the quarterback’s intelligence, he also puts the ball consistently in a location where he won’t leave the receiver out to dry.
“When bad plays happen, just let it go,” Williams said. “When you mess up, you come to the sideline, communicate from the stuff with what they’ve seen from me and different ways they can help me to be successful. That’s something I pay close attention to. During meetings and film, they tell me the same thing. During night time, during film sessions and stuff, I take what they tell me.”
Head coach Jason Garrett said he’d rather have a player like Williams than one who comes in and thinks he knows everything immediately.
“He’s one of those guys you can coach hard and keep coaching him hard, and that’s a good thing,” Garrett said. “I think he’s understanding better and better how to take coaching and when you coach him hard, it’s in his best interest. He’s really been receptive to Coach (Derek) Dooley and what we’re trying to get across to him, and you see him getting better and better each day.
“We put him in these situations and really day in and day out he’s made the big catch to give us the first down to allow us to kick the field goal. He’s done it three or four days in a row. I think he’s getting more and more confident each and every day. Obviously, he has a long ways to go.”
- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was the latest big name to show up at Cowboys training camp. Girardi was in town to watch the afternoon practice, as the Yankees start a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
- Girardi, who is a friend of Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, spoke to the team for roughly 10 minutes after practice. Running back
DeMarco Murraysaid Girardi’s message was about cohesiveness and team unity, from the all-star veterans to those struggling for a roster spot.
Ronald Learyreturned to practice after participating in morning walkthrough. Leary worked primarily on the left side for the second string, though he did get some work in place of Nate Livingson the first string.
- Dez Bryant attended practice and participated in pre-practice workouts, but he did not join the full practice.
Barry Churchalso sat out after missing the morning walkthrough following a root canal. Rookie safety J.J. Wilcoxstarted alongside Will Allenin his place, which the youngster said was thrilling.
- When the afternoon concluded, the entire defensive backs unit and their coaches did 20 pushups. Wilcox said the pushups were punishment for not forcing a turnover during the full-team portion of practice. He said the total will go up for every day there isn’t a turnover – just another sign of the increased focus on turnovers.
Orlando Scandrickand Sterling Mooreboth continued impressive showings during training camp with lockdown performances during individual drills. Scandrick stole the early sessions when he went up against Eric Rogersand ripped a potential touchdown catch away. When he got up he yelled “Complain about that Orton,” at the second-string quarterback, who had thrown the pass.
- As promised by Garrett, rookie center
Travis Frederickcontinued to get some reps at right guard, working alongside Phil Costaat center.
Miles Austin: Austin stepped up again without Bryant as the No. 1 receiver. In red zone drills, of which there have been many in the past week, Austin made a handful of nifty catches for touchdowns. More impressive than his hands was Austin’s route-running, as his cuts left several different corners – including
Jason Witten: It can be easy to forget about Witten in the sense that you just kind of expect him to be spectacular. He’s been the model of consistency throughout camp, and he’s usually Romo’s go-to guy when the offense is in need of a play or has had a bad run of snaps. On Monday, he showed off in an area he hopes to improve on, as he brought down a leaping touchdown grab over linebacker
Play of the Day:
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Returned to Practice:
G Ron Leary (calf)
WR Dez Bryant (quad soreness)
July 21 – Signed T Demetress Bell, QB
July 23 – C/G Ryan Cook passed his physical and returned to practice.
July 26 – G Nate Livings passed his physical and returned to practice.
July 29 – LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur and Ronald Leary passed their physicals and returned to practice.
Tuesday, July 30
10:30 a.m. (PDT) Walk-Thru
12:00 p.m. (PDT) Coach Garrett press conference
4:00 p.m. (PDT) Practice
Wednesday, July 31