Cowboys OTA observations
May, 22, 2013
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas – Day 2 of the Cowboys' organized team activities is today, but it is closed to the media. Here some observations from Day 1:
What did Tony Romo actually do on the field? He was coach-like, especially with the receivers, tight ends and running backs. He also worked with the younger quarterbacks on footwork on handoffs.
CB Morris Claiborne was busy in team drills. On the first play of team exercises, he was late to react to a stop route by WR Dez Bryant. The good news? On the next play he broke up a slant to Bryant.
QB Kyle Orton wasn’t as sharp as normal with the full reps. He was late and low to TE Jason Witten during team throws.
DE Ben Bass did a nice job of disengaging from a blocker on a screen pass to eat up RB Lance Dunbar in the flat. RB Phillip Tanner was able to break through an earlier screen after getting sprung by LG Nate Livings and C Travis Frederick.
LB Brandon Magee dropped TE Andre Smith with a hit across the middle that drew some anger from coaches and players in the non-contact drills. After a quiet rookie minicamp, it was at least good to see Magee break up a pass, even if he was a little too exuberant.
Tanner missed a block of DE Anthony Spencer that allowed a sack of Orton in the final round of 11-on-11 drills.
After making a number of nice plays in the rookie camp, WR Jared Green continued to perform Monday with three more catches in team and seven-on-seven drills.
WR Terrance Williams had a drop on a high throw from Dalton Williams near the sideline. While the throw was off, it was a catch Williams should have made.
RT Jermey Parnell missed a block on a bubble screen to WR Miles Austin that negated what could have been a big play.