Notes from the Dallas Cowboys Blue/White Scrimmage
With a packed house watching, the Dallas Cowboys had their annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Sunday. Here are some of the highlights.
The Dallas Cowboys held their annual Blue/White Scrimmage on Sunday afternoon in Oxnard, California. Although, in reality, the scrimmage is simply a glorified practice that is televised, fans flooded training camp to get a first glimpse of America’s Team.
Following the scrimmage and the aired practice events beforehand, here are some of the top highlights and notes.
Safety Xavier Woods had another interception, this time during 7-on-7 drills. It is believed to be his third pick in training camp so far. With if Woods can maintain this level of play, no one will be mentioning the name Earl Thomas anymore.
DallasCowboys.com columnist Mickey Spagnola mentioned four players who didn’t practice Sunday due to injury. Linebacker Sean Lee has a knee injury (MCL sprain). Guard Zack Martin is dealing with a back issue (disc). And wide receiver Amari Cooper has a heel bruise. None of the aforementioned injuries are considered to be serious. Guard Cody Wichmann did suffer a serious calf Injury though and is expected to be out about a month.
Cornerback Donovan Olumba was mentioned as having as many as nine pass defends in Saturday’s practice. Olumba also recovered a fumble during Sunday’s scrimmage., this one by wide receiver Reggie Davis. Rookie corner Mike Jackson forced the ball loose over the middle.
Cornerback Jourdan Lewis also forced a fumble. This time on a running back that would have likely been called back as it appears his forward momentum had been stopped long before the strip by Lewis occurred. Safety Jeff Heath recovered the ball and ran it back.
Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones mentioned rookie running back Tony Pollard and veteran defensive tackle Maliek Collins as early standouts in camp. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones called Pollard smooth and fluid in a post-interview.
Rookie defensive end Joe Jackson put a big hit on fellow first-year running back Mike Weber on a screen pass. Jerry Jones mentioned liking Jackson’s motor and angles after the scrimmage.
Weber popped up again in the scrimmage. After getting lost in a crowd in the middle of the offensive line, the rookie runner spin-off to the right and bounced it outside on an apparent touchdown run.
Jerry Jones also mentioned Weber, saying he believes he showed off in this scrimmage. DallasCowboys.com football analyst Bryan Broaddus revealed that the Cowboys actually had a fourth-round on the Ohio State running back, whom they stole in the seventh round. That’s a higher grade then the one Dallas had on fourth-round running back Tony Pollard.
Cooper Rush ran into the endzone off a rare read-option for the backup quarterback. Linebacker Justin March-Lillard got an interception off a tipped ball. Running back Jordan Chunn had a nice long gain off a quick dump-off pass by second-year passer Mike White.
To end the Dallas Cowboys Blue/White Scrimmage, the entire team huddled around Eric Thomas, who is also known as the Hip Hop Preacher, who gave an impassioned speech after the practice.