Thursday, June 18, 2009

CBS11 Blog: Cowboys Mini-Camp Day 3 (PM)

Posted by CBS11
Bill Jones

Well, after five weeks filled with 17 full team practices at Carrollton's Standridge Stadium, the Cowboys off-season work is complete. Now, the wait is on for the start of training camp in San Antonio - just under five weeks away. In the coming days, we'll give you plenty of opinions on what's right and wrong with this team. But first, some observations from the final minicamp practice in scorching heat this afternoon:

Still looking for that 15-20 yard out from Romo to Roy - 2 of the first 4 plays in team drills today were incompletions on 15 yard outs intended for Williams. They did connect on a slant. I do like the way Roy snatches the ball. He has much better hands than TO but this is still a work in progress.

During the first team drills this afternoon, the emphasis was on the run game. Romo did connect on an out to Jason Witten, who had badly beaten rookie OLB Brandon Williams, and actually might have scored as he turned it up the sideline on a well designed play.

Mike Jefferson, moments after dropping a slant from Romo, beat Terence Newman in the end zone and caught his next chance from Romo on a slant.
4th team RB Keon Lattimore is back with the team and looks slimmer and running well but has the worst hands, dropping pass after pass.

Wade Phillips got on 3rd round ILB Jason Williams when he got mixed up on a crossing route by Manny Johnson. "Jason, that's the same one you had this morning," Wade bellowed.

I'm willing to wager that in 17 off-season practices, Jon Kitna fumbled 25 snaps from center. Not to say they've all been the QB's fault. Today it was Cory Procter on the bad exchange, and since Kitna typically works with the 2nd team, you can probably assume Proctor has been the guilty party more times than not - though, in fairness, the Cowboys have also used Montrae Holland, Ryan Gibbons, and Matt Spanos at center. And, we thought Andre Gurode had trouble snapping the ball.

That's it for now. We've got plenty of time to dissect this team the next five weeks. In fact, exactly 40 days and counting. 40 days until we reach the promised land - San Antonio's Alamodome on Tuesday, July 28.