After the first week of preseason camp, the Cowboys held a scrimmage in Oxnard Sunday to mostly allow an opportunity for the young guys to show they can make plays in game like situations. Some guys took advantage of the situation and helped their stock and some guys didn’t.
Let’s look at who the winners and losers were today:
WR Tim Benford– This is the undrafted guy that blew by Claiborne in his first day of camp which caused me to ask, who? If you don’t know his name yet, you just might soon because Benford had himself a mighty good scrimmage. He caught a couple TD passes and made a real nice catch on the sideline late in the scrimmage too. Benford is getting noticed.
WR Dwayne Harris– Having a nice camp and performed well in the scrimmage Sunday. Harris is making a pretty good case for the 3rd WR spot on the team.
DE Tyrone Crawford– Was too much to handle for the 2nd string O line for sure. Looks like the rookie Crawford will help the defensive line this year.
OLB Kyle Wiber– Rookie Wilber constantly in the backfield and harassing QBs on Sunday. Think the Cowboys found a good one here.
DE Clifton Geathers- The 2nd year 6-7 giant was hard to ignore in the scrimmage. I think Geathers will be tough to keep out of the line up this season. He looks unblockable at times.
QB Rudy Carpenter– The 4th string QB appeared more effective at moving the offense than McGee late in the scrimmage.
WR Cole Beasley– Interesting week for the little guy out of SMU. Left the team Friday then returns today in time for the scrimmage. Made plays again and did a nice job handling punt return duties. Glad to see Beasley back in camp.
WR Andre Holmes- This is the WR Jerry felt good about coming into the season. He got off to a slow start after failing a conditioning test and just looked sluggish in the scrimmage. He failed to impress Sunday with his opportunities.
CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah– AOA was drafted by the Cowboys a couple of years ago, let go after trying to make a safety of him, and then brought back as a CB. It’s simply time to move on from this project. Not impressive in the scrimmage as he allowed two TDs to undrafted rookies.
QB Stephen McGee– The Cowboys 3rd QB just couldn’t get the team moving when given the chance. He made some good throws and some bad ones too. He needs to impress in camp but it’s not happening yet.
The scrimmage was conducted at a fast pace and the Cowboys responded quite well to it. Overall impression was that the defensive line was too much for the O line most of the day as the injuries up front are taking their toll.