OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys continued their 2013 training camp Thursday on the week of the Hall of Fame game. 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.
Even the fact the Cowboys brought in one of the best guards in the world, it still couldn’t help their guard situation on the field – an issue that even got worse on Thursday.
The Cowboys welcomed NBA point guard Chris Paul, a perennial All-Star for the nearby Los Angeles Clippers. But they have their own dilemma on the offensive line, where they had just two healthy guards for the morning walk-through practice.
That changed when they signed former TCU guard Jeff Olson, who was able to practice that afternoon. However, early into his first practice, Olson met up with
So once again, it left the Cowboys scrambling to finish practice. Ron Leary and
The Cowboys are without projected starters
The Cowboys will likely have to keep looking on the wire for available help at guard. Earlier this week, a report surface linking the Cowboys to free-agent veteran Brian Waters. After Thursday’s practice, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the team will explore all options regarding the position, and certainly didn’t dismiss the possibility of signing Waters, who turned 36 in February.
“We’ve obviously got injuries and we’ve got guys who aren’t back out here yet,” Jones said. “If we can improve our football team, and our roster … if the right situation presented itself and we felt like the guy could come in here and help our team for the year, we’d look at that as well. We’re keeping all options.”
- Lifelong Cowboys fan and Clippers point guard Chris Paul showed up to practice Thursday. He said he’s as serious a fan as it gets and used to sleep in Cowboys sheets. He couldn’t wait to send pictures of the day to his dad, because his family loves the Cowboys. Paul used to act like Ken Norton playing linebacker in the backyard as a child.
“I’m like a little kid,” Paul said. I’ve done a lot of good things in my career, but this is one of the highlights of my life. Growing up just watching the Cowboys all day every day, these guys probably have no clue what it means to me.”
- Former Cowboys cornerback Anthony Henry was also in attendance Thursday. Henry played four years for the Cowboys (2005-08) before he was traded to Detroit in exchange for backup Jon Kitna.
Jason Wittenended the day on a high note for the offense. He’s been getting more involved in the red zone recently and showed Thursday that he’s still got the ability to get behind the defense, coming down with a deep grab from Romo to bring the offense near the goal line during team drills right before practice ended.
- Linebacker David Albright missed practice Thursday with tightness in his back.
Justin Durantreturned to the linebacker corps after taking a veteran day on Tuesday afternoon.
- Defensive end
Ben Bassgot tangled with an offensive lineman during the full team portion of practice. Bass went down and seemed to aggravate the same ankle that limited him last week, but he got up and returned to the huddle.
- Wide receiver
Tim Benfordhad a scary moment during one-on-one drills early in the afternoon session. While chasing a deep ball to the back corner of the end zone, Benford over ran the field and slammed into the restraining fence for attending fans. Trainers rushed over and spent five or so minutes attending to him, but Benford quickly hopped up and returned to the drill.
- On his first rep back in practice, Benford caught a crossing route from Romo in seven-on-sevens and scored a touchdown.
- Tight end
Andre Smithappeared to aggravate a hamstring injury during Thursday’s practice.
- Collision of the day goes to running back
DeMarco Murray, safety Will Allenand center Travis Frederick. Murray took a handoff from Romo and broke off right tackle, where Allen raced up to meet him. Murray bounced off Allen and actually wound up smacking helmets with Frederick, his own center. Frederick fell over backward and looked pretty bewildered about what had just happened.
- Offensive tackle
Tyron Smithgot himself pulled for his efforts against defensive end DeMarcus Wareduring full-team drills. Ware pushed past Smith continuously en route to terrorizing Romo. Ware had three unofficial sacks on the day, going along with sacks from defensive end Kyle Wilberand George Selvie.
Dan Baileymissed two field goals early in field goal drills, but he rebounded to make five straight. He was also perfect during full-team and red zone drills.
- The Dallas Cowboys will put all remaining single-game tickets on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 am (CDT). Due to the large season tickets base for Cowboys games, there will be a very limited number of seats available for each of the Cowboys home games this year.
David Arkin – For no other reason, the third-year pro is getting through practice without any injuries. No other guard in this camp has been able to say that. But he’s also holding up rather well in team drills. He had nice some blitz pickups, showing good awareness and had some intense battles in the middle with
Kyle Wilber – Putting DeMarcus Ware in this category is getting old. Ware only had three sacks in the practice. But his backup was showing up, too. Wilber had some Ware-like pressure a few times coming off the edge. He’s starting to show a combination of speed and strength. Wilber has been able to dip around the tackles with moves, and also a bull-rush attack with his power. He’s not Ware by any means, but is certainly making big strides in this camp.
Play of the Day:
It wasn’t the best day for
As Orton weighed his options toward the goal line, he spotted Cole Beasley separating from coverage as he ran toward the back of the end zone down the middle of the field. That’s when Wilcox came over the top and leaped way up in the air to secure the pick and take it the other way.
Returned to Practice:
G Jeff Olson (concussion-like symptoms)
TE Andre Smith (hamstring)
G Kevin Kowalski (leg)
G Ray Dominguez (shoulder)
G Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring)
July 21 – Signed T Demetress Bell, QB
July 23 – C/G Ryan Cook passed his physical and returned to practice.
July 24 – Released WR Lavasier Tuinei. SignedDT Landon Cohen and DE George Selvie.
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.
Aug. 1 – Released DE Cameron Sheffield and CB Devin Smith. Signed G Jeff Olson and T James Nelson.
Friday, August 2
10:30 a.m. (PDT) Walk-Thru
12:00 p.m. (PDT) Coach Garrett press conference
4:45 p.m. (PDT) Practice
Saturday, August 3
Team Travel to Canton, Ohio
Sunday, August 4
7:00 p.m. (PDT) Dallas vs. Miami (Hall of Fame)