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Donovan Olumba, an undrafted corner out of Portland State, came away with an interception off a deflection on a pass thrown by Dalton Sturm. Sturm threw an interception later in practice with former Texas A&M quarterback-turned-DB Jameill Showers coming down with it.

I didn’t realize how easily Jihad Ward moved in person. His tape while at Oakland didn’t show that, but it’s a different story when you’re watching live. His initial quickness and lateral ability were impressive. I was surprised by how he was able to redirect without any wasted movement. He was difficult to handle for these guards due to his quickness and power.

Cedrick Wilson sure is smooth running routes. I liked what I saw from him driving Anthony Brown off the ball, then turning outside as Brown continued up the field.


Cooper Rush put the ball in a perfect spot for Wilson to secure the first down. He also had a nice block on Duke Thomas to Trey Williams on a long run. Sanjay Lal came over and slapped him on the back after he was able to finish that one.

Nice poise by Mike White during blitz period handling a high snap, gathering the ball in and firing a strike to Michael Gallup on the slant. It would have been easy for White to panic in that situation, but he remained calm and executed a perfect throw in a difficult situation.

Sean Lee doesn’t like sitting out a voluntary OTA workout, much less regular-season game snaps. But the Cowboys, as they’ve done in the past, are taking a deliberate approach with the veteran linebacker’s offseason work to help ensure he’s ready for his ninth season.

“It’s the same process we kind of use this time of year,” he said. “It’s tough not being out there because you want to be out there trying to lead from the front. But there’s perspective this time of year that we’ve got to build towards training camp and build towards the year.”

Martin, arguably the best offensive lineman in all of football, is expected to become the highest-paid guard in the league at some point. The Cowboys and Martin have been maintaining since the guard became extension-eligible last offseason that they want to work out a long-term deal that keeps him in Dallas, but they have yet to come to such an agreement.

“I think (the distraction issue) has been better after we’ve gotten into the facility with all the guys; I really don’t think about it now, because I’m with those guys working out and kind of back to normal,” he told me, adding, "We’ll see what happens.”

What’s interesting is the club signed Marcus Martin and Joe Looney in the offseason. Both can play both center and guard. After drafting Connor Williams from the University of Texas in the second round to play left guard, the team choosing Green over the other veterans to be the first guard off the bench is noteworthy.

Speaking of Romo, the former Cowboys quarterback pointed out the disappearance of the back-shoulder pass as to why Bryant’s production has decreased when he called the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. While it’s a fair criticism and Romo perfected the route with Bryant, it just isn’t Prescott’s strength, at least at this stage in his career. Romo, while not quite as accurate, played a style similar to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. It’s why guys like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, big bodies with a large catch radius, flourished with Brees but Graham couldn’t reciprocate that level of production with Russell Wilson in Seattle.

Prescott – albeit nowhere near as skilled at this point – plays a style derivative of Tom Brady’s rather than Brees. To be clear, nobody is foolish enough to compare Prescott’s abilities or resume to those of perhaps the greatest of all time, but the style of play between the two does have similarities, as does the offense around them. Here is what Brady had to say in 2017 prior to the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think the fortunate thing for me is the system has been shaped to adapt to the things I do well,” Brady said. “Every player has strengths and weaknesses. Over the years the system, they have tried to support me with a strong offensive line, which we have, a solid running game, which we have, receivers who are very versatile, smart and disciplined and we have those, tight ends that can do both things in the running and passing game, which we have.”

Does that supporting cast surrounding Brady in New England ring a bell? It should, because it’s how the Cowboys are built right now; pretty much the definition of a “Dak-friendly” offense. A No. 1 receiver is not part of the description. It’s why Brady was able to make a Pro Bowl receiver out of Wes Welker but couldn’t click with Chad Johnson. In the same way, it’s why after three years with Romo (2012-2014), Beasley set career-highs in receptions and yards and tied his career-high touchdowns with a rookie quarterback in Prescott in 2016. It’s all about the fit.

As a rookie, Prescott excelled when throwing outside the pocket, but defenses were able to contain that better in 2017. The Cowboys want to do more with Prescott on the move, but they want to improve their play-action and run-action games to give him easier, quicker throws.

“One of Dak’s strongest points has been his progressions,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “He likes to read through a progression — one, two, three, four. He likes to do that and get it to the right player rather than maybe have pressure to get to a player.”

It’s a bad look for the Cowboys that their own player is publicly saying that he was cleared to come back but that they left him on injured reserve for over half the season. It’s outright saying that the Cowboys manipulated the status of injured reserve.

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