Scout's Notebook: Impressions From Thursday Practice


  • Despite being cleared for practice and taking reps throughout the day, when the offense went to Team Period, Tony Romo gave way to Brandon Weeden, who, like his time during the OTA and minicamp practices, ran the first group. Where Romo did get the majority of his work was in the morning walk

Photos from the Cowboys first afternoon practice in Oxnard.

through and afternoon practice when the offense went against the defense during the Team Blitz Period. These two opportunities were a nice test right out of the box because he was dealing with some off balance throws that tested his back. His first pass of the day was with a blitzing J.J. Wilcox in his face and snapped a nice slant to Dez Bryant on the left side. It was a throw that Romo really had to torque his body to make the throw. In the afternoon session, he came back with a touch pass to DeMarco Murray with Kyle Wilber in between them that was perfectly delivered over the top.

  • It was nice to see Dwayne Harris back in the mix working with the first offense. Harris had three quality catches, one in the morning practice and the other two coming in the afternoon on routes that we normally don't see him running -- across the field with some depth. Both times Harris, coming right to left, reached up with his right hand securing the ball on the move and continued up the field in space. On the third one, he ran a curl and with the ball high and away adjusted his body back to the left to make the snatch catch. [embedded_ad]
  • The second offensive lined up this way during the team period: Jermey Parnell at right tackle, Darius Morris at right guard, Ronald Patrick at center, Uche Nwaneri at left guard and Darrion Weems at left tackle. The reason I mention this is because I believe this will be the group we will see in the majority of the preseason games. When Ronald Leary comes back to practice, Mackenzy Bernadeau could line up on the right side for Morris or play center for Patrick. The idea is to have the best backup offensive line in these games so things will run smoothly when trying to evaluate these young running backs and Brandon Weeden.
  • In both practices, the safety combination had Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox as the starters with Jakar Hamilton and Jeff Heath as the backups. The third group was Matt Johnson and Ryan Smith with Ahmad Dixon getting a snap or two.  I really liked what I observed from Wilcox in regard to how he was moving around in coverage. He wasn't out of place and when he had the responsibility of dealing with Jason Witten, he was able to quickly drive on the ball and would have been able to knock it away from him if they were playing to contact on the play. He is playing with much more quickness than what we saw last season. He had nice communication with Church when it came to making the necessary checks.
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