IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ minicamp came to an end Thursday, so we offer up the final observations.
LB Sean Lee was everywhere. He opened team drills with a breakup of a Kyle Orton throw to TE Jason Witten, picked off Orton in seven-on-seven drills and broke up an underneath throw to WR Miles Austin.
DT Jay Ratliff was back at practice after sitting out Wednesday. He was able to slither through the offensive line to make a tackle for loss on Murray on the first play of the team-run period.
Bailey is just about automatic. He made all six kicks -- ranging from 40 to 52 yards -- during special teams drills. He missed one kick in team drills wide right, but the goal posts are purposely narrow. He would have made the kick with regular goal posts.
While that might have been Stephens’ best throw, earlier he did a nice job of escaping pressure and finding TE Colin Cochart along the backside of the defense for a touchdown.
S Barry Church looked like he did last year when he won the job. He showed no signs of being slowed by the Achilles injury that ended his season. But he would like one play back. He jumped an Orton throw to the flat to Dante Rosario but was unable to come up with the pick-six as it banged off his hands. That’s the kind of play this defense has to make. While the pass breakup is good, the turnover is obviously much better.