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DMN: Dallas Cowboys [Pukes] training camp report (7/30)


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Looks like Felix still can't block. :laugh:

12:04 AM CDT on Thursday, July 31, 2008

From Staff Reports



• Wednesday was a big blitz day for the offense and defense. As for the running backs, some of it was good, some of it needed some work. Anthony Spencer walked fullback Deon Anderson back to the quarterback. Tashard Choice stopped Justin Rogers on a blitz. Felix Jones was a little late on a pickup of Kevin Burnett.

• Add James Washington to the list of former players to make a visit to camp.

• While working on kickoffs, the wind played havoc with some of Nick Folk's kicks, and the return team did not seem to handle the short ones too well. One bounced past an on-rushing Adam Jones. Not sure what this means, but Jones caught a kickoff with one hand. Add that to the five balls he held while catching a sixth punt the other day, and he's got some tricks.

• With the punt team lining up in the end zone, Patrick Crayton lined up as the punter to take a safety. Makes sense so there's no issue in catching the snap.

• During tight red-zone drills, Adam Jones broke up a Tony Romo sits to pee throw to Terrell Owens in the end zone with a late close. Romo sits to pee used a perfect play-fake to sucker the defense, but Jones was on Owens' hip the whole time.

• Second-year safety Courtney Brown leaped high for a pick of a Romo sits to pee pass in the back of the end zone to Crayton. It sort of looked like Romo sits to pee was forcing the ball in there because it was a practice, not a game, but after practice he gave Brown a ton of credit for the interception.

• Marion Barber lined up at fullback for a few snaps with Felix Jones at tailback. Jones had some nice runs out of spread formations. Once he gets through the line, it seems like he can kick it up a gear.

• Defensive player of the morning: linebacker Kevin Burnett. He had three pass deflections. The runner-up would be Spencer.

• Keep an eye on Keon Lattimore. The rookie free-agent running back has something to him. I'm not sure I've seen him drop a pass out of the backfield, and he hits the hole hard. It'll be an uphill fight for him to make the roster, but there's something there.

Todd Archer

Special-teams watch

Wednesday's afternoon practice was mainly focused on special teams. Nick Folk made eight-of-eight field goal attempts.

There were three sets of kickoff return units with Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback on the first team. Felix Jones and Danny Amendola were on the second team, followed by Adam Jones and Mike Jenkins.

The punt returners are still Jones, Patrick Crayton and Terence Newman.

Calvin Watkins

Injury report

Player Pos. Injury Comment

Alan Ball CB Ankle Missed afternoon practice

Terence Newman CB Groin Expected to miss at least three weeks

Quincy Butler CB Hamstring Missed third straight day of practice

Tearrius George LB Knee Missed fourth straight day with bone bruise

Daniel Polk WR Hamstring Missed second straight day of practice

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Demoted already? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

LOL, that would just mean he would in for blocking. Barber is an excellent blocker, so I would actually expect to see a backfield like that plenty during the season. With Barber doing some spot blocking for Felix Jones or Tashard Choice.

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