Cold, damp day for practice, and the forecast for Dallas on Sunday is 90 degree heat. Should be interesting.
- The secondary looked very strong today. This is good, as they’re likely to be tested pretty emphatically by Tony Romo, T.O., and Jason Witten. Shawn Springs made a nice interception, stepping between the receiver and the ball downfield; Carlos Rogers made a gorgeous pick, outleaping his receiver in the corner of the endzone, and even the much-maligned Justin Tryon got in on the act, breaking up a throw for Santana Moss — easily the best play I’ve seen from the rookie. And LaRon Landry closes VERY quickly on the ball. Michael Lombardi over at the National Football Post comes just this close to comparing him to Ronnie Lott, and it’s becoming a defensible stance.
- One of the things you sometimes see from the sidelines is just how precise passes can be. There were at least two passes to Chris Cooley that seemed, even from close up, just to land in his hands, like he didn’t even have to move. Not to take anything away from Cooley, of course — he made a nice leaping adjustment to an overthrown pass also.
- Both Brian Billick and Peter King commented to me about how few of Jason Campbell’s passes hit the ground during practice when they were here. It’s not something I had necessarily noticed myself — it can be tough to be aware of when something ISN’T happening — but he had two straight dropped today, and I really realized just how infrequently I’d been seeing that.
- An encouraging sign for Devin Thomas, mentally: one one play, he was clearly open in the end zone; Campbell didn’t seem him and went to a short receiver. Thomas was visibly disappointed but immediately shook it off, kept running his routes and blocking downfield on running plays, and eventually made a nice catch down the sidelines.
- Anthony Montgomery was excused from practice due to a personal issue; Zorn expects him to play.
- Right now, Zorn expects Jon Jansen to start, but he refused to rule out Stephon Heyer, even under repeated questioning. He also described Fred Smoot, Marcus Washington, and Mike Sellers as “fine”.