The Dallas Cowboys reported to training camp on Wednesday and their first padded practice was earlier today. Training camp has started off relatively slow with not much action going on. What has been said over and over with this Cowboys team defense is the focal point. This defense was shredded all last season especially the pass defense. The Cowboys shocked many of their fans this May when they didn’t draft any defensive backs with their early round picks. I feel this group of defensive backs will be the most intriguing heading this camp. Can they shake off a very disappointing season last year and bounce back in 2014?
My eyes are on 3rd year cornerback Morris Claiborne. He hasn’t lived up to the hype of being the 6th overall pick in 2012. Claiborne will be the first person to tell you that. It’s clear to see that Claiborne has been in the gym this off-season. He looks physically stronger and more bulked up than ever before. He needs to transition his off season workout into training camp. Although it’s early in training camp it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening. Morris Claiborne has been seen practicing with high levels on energy all throughout camp.
He even made a one handed interception today. It’s clear that his confidence level is high too. During the one-on-one drills with receivers and corners Claiborne was matched up against second wide out Terrance Williams. Claiborne was talking trash to Williams during a few successful battles between the two. They even had to be separated after a little scuffle but I honestly think that’s a good thing. It’s good to see Claiborne with a chip on his shoulder. He seems confident which is great from a player who has struggled the past two season. Claiborne definitely made the biggest impression on the first padded practice in camp.
On the offensive side wide receiver Cole Beasley has really caught my eye. His route running is smooth and he’s catching everything thrown his way. He’s been that type of player for the past two seasons. His role has been limited to short routes but he produces when his name is called. It’s expected for him to have a larger role this season and possibly taking the starting slot receiver spot. Beasley is having a good start to training camp.
Four players were absent from practice. Amobi Okoye sat out with an illness, Ronald Leary and Anthony Spencer are injured, and Brandon Carr is excused on a personal matter.
Many eyes were on new linebacker Rolando McClain who was just found guilty of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Today was his first practice and he seemed some what comfortable with the second team defense.
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