Inside Cowboys Camp: Early Impressions
Despite often being on the receiving end of criticism, cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr have both been productive thus far during camp. It may not indicate they are going to far better during the regular season, regardless their play is a good sign-especially if Orlando Scandrick returns to form after his season-ending injury from last year.
All eyes have been on Byron Jones as he adjusts to being a full-time safety. Reports have been positive of his work, but not much in general can be said about other safeties on the roster. Jones being able to man the center of the field will allow Barry Church to play near the line of scrimmage to help against the run.
Devin Street really needs to fight through his ailments, his roster spot is in jeopardy and he needs to earn his place through practice. Northwestern State-Louisana rookie Ed Eagen has shown flashes in the slot (more on him in a moment), Lucky Whitehead has shown solid return abilities, and Jacksonville rookie Andy Jones has shown good hands and body control allowing him to make contested catches.
The play of Jones has earned him some first team reps (the only other undrafted rookie to accomplish this on offense or defense has been Zach Wood). It’s becoming more and more difficult to imagine Street makes the final 53, especially if Jones continues to perform well during practice.
Eagen who was surprisingly cut on Wednesday, showed promise as a route runner and returner. He showed more flashes than a number of receivers still on the roster-which made me wonder if his release was possibly non-football related. But DallasCowboys.com football analyst Bryan Broaddus indicated to me the move was simply about needing to make room on the roster.
Dez Bryant has been getting back into form and has put together several solid practices over the past few days. Brice Butler and Terrance Williams haven’t done much to separate themselves from one another, which is to the benefit of Williams who wants to secure his starting position.
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