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El Kabong

Mini Camp

With all the garbage being written right now I did find this interesting. Right now I really don't think the Cowboys drafted any starters on the defensive line. But hopefully they found some good back ups.

The Dallas Cowboys finished up their rookie mini-camp on Sunday. Let's take a quick look around to see what impressions were made.

Zack Martin is starting off at right guard, and along the way had some good battles with UDFA Davon Coleman, according to Bryan Broaddus.

There were some really nice battles during these practices between guard Zack Martin and defensive tackle Davon Coleman, which gave you an indication of how well Martin handles quickness right off the snap. Coleman tested him plenty and that was a good sign.
Broaddus has praised the quick first-step of Coleman.

Second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence missed the first day, but the coaches liked what they saw once he did get here.

"He’s got good stuff," Marinelli said. "I think he's really smooth. He's got a great feel for a reaction to movement. That's what I look for, that's something you can't test, you got to see it. He's strong in here, pad level gets down, smooth, really, really good instincts, that's our job to build on it. He's going to be a big boy, a big man."
Anthony Hitchens is trying to get used to a new position and the new responsibility that comes along with it. Although he's not necessarily locked into that role.

Hitchens moved to inside linebacker after playing on the weak side at Iowa, where he led the Hawkeyes in tackles his last two seasons. He now has to call the defenses, call the checks and communicate with the entire group.

"It's a different mentality," Hitchens said. "I haven't done it since high school, so it's different. I've got to get adjusted to it. I don't talk much so it's bringing better out of me. I get better by talking about it more."

Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus said he was drawn to Hitchens' movement skills and hitting ability.

"We'll see exactly where he fits," Eberflus said. "Right now we've got him at the Mike. He could end up at [strongside] or he could end up at [weakside]."
At the wide receiver spot, Davin Street has received praise from most that have seen him. Basically a smooth route-runner with good hands and the ability to play outside or in the slot. Broaddus had some thoughts on the other WRs at the mini-camp.

L’Damian Washington was much better after the first practice, where he wasn’t nearly physical enough. Not really sure how reliable his hands are? If there was a bit of a disappointment, it was Chris Boyd. The year off from football didn’t help him at all, but after watching his tape from Vanderbilt, I did expect more.
That's too bad about Boyd, but maybe after a little time back in football he'll get back in the groove. The Cowboys feel that the trouble he got into at Vanderbilt isn't really his true character, they are comfortable with that side of things. His football skills should make him an interesting prospect.

From a pure football perspective, Boyd is an intriguing prospect. He’s 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and was clocked in the high 4.5s and low 4.6s in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, which was held off campus hours after the Vanderbilt pro day from which he was banned. He caught 81 passes for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons at Vanderbilt and felt like he was coming into his own last summer before his dismissal.
He could be a find for Dallas if he can recover his game.

The Cowboys recently signed Ryan Williams at running back, meaning someone had to go. That someone was UDFA running back Glasco Martin. Broaddus likes UDFA RB Ben Malena, praising his toughness and movement in space.

Here's a little more on guys Broaddus liked.

I really liked what I saw from tackle Jarrod Pughsley from Akron. I had heard rumor that he might be a guard when we open camp in Oxnard, but he looked plenty comfortable play tackle – as he did in college... Keep an eye on Brian Clarke from Bloomsburg, who lined up at guard. Physically, he is not the biggest guy at 6-2, 299, but there is some nastiness to his game. He is one of those guys that battles to the echo of the whistle.
Hawk

But that guy from ASU....well I know Bevo and I are rooting for him.
BluenSilver4evr

The way I see it:

Base
LE- Crawford
1T- Hayden
3T- Melton
RE- Selvie

Nickel
LE- Selvie
DT- Crawford
Dt- Melton
RE- Lawrence
Hawk

BluenSilver4evr wrote:
The way I see it:

Base
LE- Crawford
1T- Hayden
3T- Melton
RE- Selvie

Nickel
LE- Selvie
DT- Crawford
Dt- Melton
RE- Lawrence


I see Bass somewhere in this line up, did you forget him?
Nightrider

BluenSilver4evr wrote:
The way I see it:

Base
LE- Crawford
1T- Hayden
3T- Melton
RE- Selvie

Nickel
LE- Selvie
DT- Crawford
Dt- Melton
RE- Lawrence


No way do I think your line up is close, Marinneli has a hugh amount of players to sort through. This is the cream of the crop so far.

Selvie--McClain--Bass--Mincey
Gardner--Hayden--Gardner--Lawrence
Wilber---Bishop--Colemen(Whaley?)
BevoMav

Melton is a tackle and Lawrence is a right defensive end, and the only one on the team.

So both start.
Desperado

BevoMav wrote:
Melton is a tackle and Lawrence is a right defensive end, and the only one on the team.

So both start.


You automatically discount Spencer, but start another guy who is injured. Lawrence in my book is not a starter this year, he's a rotational player.

I anticipate some talent from the guys coming back in their 2nd yr. Marinelli, can figure out the rest.
BevoMav

Desperado wrote:
BevoMav wrote:
Melton is a tackle and Lawrence is a right defensive end, and the only one on the team.

So both start.


You automatically discount Spencer, but start another guy who is injured. Lawrence in my book is not a starter this year, he's a rotational player.

I anticipate some talent from the guys coming back in their 2nd yr. Marinelli, can figure out the rest.


Spencer will start the year on the PUP list and Melton will be the best DLineman on the team. Lawrence starts the first game. We will see who is right?
Hawk

Bevo if you are right, we will all have to eat crow. I have found no others who think Lawrance will start. He to me is a situational player used on passing downs at the start of the season.

Marinelli himself,  said the guy has to get stronger.
El Kabong

BluenSilver4evr wrote:
The way I see it:

Base
LE- Crawford
1T- Hayden
3T- Melton
RE- Selvie

Nickel
LE- Selvie
DT- Crawford
Dt- Melton
RE- Lawrence


I don't see Hayden even making the team. Yes I know he started 16 games, but lets face the fact, he's not very good.
BevoMav

El Kabong wrote:
BluenSilver4evr wrote:
The way I see it:

Base
LE- Crawford
1T- Hayden
3T- Melton
RE- Selvie

Nickel
LE- Selvie
DT- Crawford
Dt- Melton
RE- Lawrence


I don't see Hayden even making the team. Yes I know he started 16 games, but lets face the fact, he's not very good.


From everything I hear and read our DC wants a large rotation so he can keep everyone fresh.  Gone are the days when a Ware would play every down?

I also have no issue with your starters and backups. The key to this defense is depth. No more having guys start who have been on their couch for a couple of years.

I also think with the addition of the big guard from Notre Dame and the RB from Arizona, we got a lot better on offense. This is with Romo staying healthy.
LoneStar

Yes it sounds wonderful that the DC wants rotational players on the DL. But you still can only suit 47 players for a game. So you have to make cut backs somewhere.

Nobody has explained that one yet?

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