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Here's what I saw from the Cowboys' 11th training camp practice Monday afternoon at the Alamodome in San Antonio:

• QB Tony Romo sits to pee followed his sharp work in Sunday's Blue-White scrimmage with another great day. He had only a few incompletions in team drills and 7-on-7 work, much improved from a rough stretch a few days ago. Romo sits to pee's most-creative play came when he slung the football back-handed for a short completion over the middle to TE Martellus Bennett.

• Bennett caught a touchdown pass that was behind him from Romo sits to pee in a goal-line drill. Later, Bennett dropped a high pass from QB Jon Kitna. Bennett was wide open later on a screen pass to the right and, with only one Cowboys player on that side, scored easily.

• The last two days, the Cowboys have put in a lot of work in goal-line situations. The defense won out Monday, adding to the concern that Dallas might struggle in short-yardage situations this season. From the 1, LBs Kenwin Cummings and Sean Lee stuffed RB Lonyae Miller on a run left, safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church stuffed RB Phillip Tanner on a run left and LB Mike Balogun dropped RB Frank Warren for a loss as he tried to get around the right corner.

• Undrafted rookie free agent kicker Dan Bailey (Oklahoma State) continued to impress by making all four of his field goal attempts (26, 32, 36 and 43 yards) to make him 33-for-38 overall in camp. Starter David Buehler went 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, missing wide left from 36 yards, and is now 28-for-41 overall in camp.

• Safety Danny McCray played tight coverage on WR Dez Bryant on a slant pass to the left, reaching in as the ball arrived to knock it away. Later, McCray rushed up the middle for a would-be sack of Jon Kitna.

• Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings attended practice Monday. He spent some time talking to coach Jason Garrett at midfield after practice.

• WR Miles Austin made a leaping, twisting catch on a deep pass over the middle from Tony Romo sits to pee. Later, Austin beat CB Alan Ball for a touchdown catch from Romo sits to pee. Austin also made a great catch on a slant route in the end zone by reaching around CB Orlando Scandrick, who had tight coverage on him. He proceeded to spike the football emphatically after the grab.

• LB DeMarcus Ware sniffed out an end-around run by Jesse Holley, stopping him for a loss. LB Anthony Spencer beat rookie RT Tyron Smith to pressure Tony Romo sits to pee.

• Undrafted free agent rookie WR Raymond Radway made a nice catch on a low pass on the right side, grabbing it just before it hit the field. Radway also made a catch along the back, middle of the end zone in drills.

• LB Victor Butler began team drills with an athletic interception of a Stephen McGee pass. Butler and LB Brandon Williams continue to impress coaches in camp.

• Backup QB Jon Kitna didn't get much help from his offensive line during one series. DE Marcus Spears made a strong inside move for a would-be sack of Kitna, LB Sean Lee blitzed up the middle for a would-be sack of Kitna and safety Andrew Sendejo would have sacked Kitna.

• DE Clifton Geathers knocked down a Stephen McGee pass at the line of scrimmage.

• Fourth-string QB Tom Brandstater, who signed Sunday, had a rough beginning. His fumbled his first snap under center in team drills. His next pass was knocked down in the backfield by LB Alex Albright. His third pass, however, ended well. From the shotgun, he laced a pass over the middle to TE Martin Rucker for a touchdown.

• Undrafted rookie free agent WR James Cleveland (Houston) dropped another pass in 1-on-1 drills, this time on a slant route from Brandstater.

---------- Post added August-9th-2011 at 06:27 AM ----------

So, in a nutshell, Romo sits to pee torches a stinky defense when it doesn't count.

What a surprise!

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