The Dallas Cowboys held their second practice of their mandatory minicamp on Wednesday and here are some news and notes from that practice:
- Tyrone Crawford vs. Travis Frederick. That's right, the Cowboys had their first fight of minicamp today with these two locking up during the two minute drill portion of practice. Apparently it has been heating up between these two and it finally came to a head.
“Well, these guys have been going at each other a little bit. And you know, it’s I guess our 11th practice of the offseason,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “We’re in a two-minute type situation, and we always preach competitiveness and competing and you have to compete the right way. The best teams I’ve been on have always had skirmishes happen, a healthy respect for each other.”
- Wide Receiver Cole Beasley getting more chances to show he can be a complete receiver. Receivers coach Derek Dooley has been working Beasley at the outside receiver positions as well as working on running deeper routes so defensive players can't sit on him and jump the underneath routes.
“The biggest thing is allowing him to do more,” Dooley said. “I think the worst thing you can do as a coach is to put limits on players. That’s one of the great things about OTAs, it’s spring practice for me, is, ‘Let’s go see if you can do some of these things that a lot of people think you can’t do because you’re not a big guy.’ Well, he can do a lot more than what people think. That’s really the biggest focus on these OTAs, is expanding his route inventory.”
- Wide receiver Terrance Williams showing growth. With the Cowboys cutting ties with Miles Austin,
Williams will have a bigger role in this year's offense.
Williams' role this season will undoubtedly be bigger and he has not disappointed so far this minicamp. Today during the red zone portion of 7-on-7 practice Williams made a great arm extended catches in the back of the end zone in between two Cowboy defenders.
- Bruce Carter continues to show improvement in pass coverage. During the 7-on-7 period of practice Carter made a great zone drop intercepting a pass from Brandon Weeden intended for Dez Bryant. Later on in practice he also broke up a pass intended for Jason Witten.
- Morris Claiborne continues to look good in practice. He made a very good play in 7-on-7 versus rookie Devin Street. He used his strength to get inside position on Street and force him farther outside than he wanted to go and then knocked the ball away.
- Oh yeah, still no Kyle Orton.