OXNARD, Calif. -- Every day of Dallas Cowboys training camp we'll offer up a wake-up call that offers a quick review of the previous day and a preview of the current day.
Today's schedule: The Cowboys practice at 6:45 p.m. ET. Jason Garrett will have his press conference at 3 p.m. ET.
Observations from Tuesday's practice:
Tyrone Crawford had a good day in one-on-one pass-rush drills. He was able to use his power off the edge against right tackle Doug Free and do it later from inside against guard Zack Martin. In the offense vs. defense matchup before team drills, Crawford was able to beat Free around the corner for a would-be sack and a win for the defense.
Sometimes the early camp communication between linemen does not go smoothly, but so far Tyron Smith and Mackenzy Bernadeau have done a nice job of passing off twists and stunts from the defense. They swallowed up Jeremy Mincey and Nick Hayden in a two-man game with ease and then were solid later against Mincey (at tackle) and DeMarcus Lawrence.
The first-team offense kicked a game-tying field goal in 2-minute work, but they might have gotten some help from Jason Garrett. It looked like DeMarco Murray was stopped on a third-and-1 rush by Garrett who overruled the officials.
Cole Beasley is a tough receiver to defend for quick cornerbacks. He's even more difficult for linebackers. After catching a check down, his quickness surprised rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who was left in space. The same thing happened to safety J.J. Wilcox as he attempted to slow down running back Lance Dunbar. He underestimated Dunbar's speed to the edge and took a poor angle.
What I'm watching: The Cowboys' top two running backs are set in DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. The question is the third back and the battle is between Joseph Randle and Ryan Williams. There seems to be a little back-and-forth with the coaches in how Randle and Ryan are splitting the work in order for both of them to get quality work.
Not to beat a dead horse, but Tony Romo bears watching as usual. He's coming back from two days off and should be fresh. In his first two days of full-padded workouts Romo has completed 22 of 29 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills with one interception. The offense has been efficient with him running the show.
They said it: "The communication part of it is huge. That's the hard part -- not hard -- but one thing about being the backup quarterback you've got to try to sound like the starter. You've got to do everything to kind of emulate him that way so the procedure penalties and stuff like that (don't happen). There's a lot you've got to work on. When you do it with the ones, you're expected to come in there and not miss a beat.” -- Brandon Weeden on taking snaps with the first-team offense in Romo's absence.