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We’re having a good time out here in Oxnard, California.  The grind is real, but it’s been a good week of long hours and also a lot of fellow ship with the Ben and Skin Show and the G-Bag Nation.

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On Saturday after coming up to participate in the G-Bag nation’s weekend show and watch the Cowboys morning walk-through we decided to head out to Ojai Valley to play some golf.  It was Skin and I against Ben and Gavin Dawson.  Ben and Gavin got the win 9 Skins to 8.  The scenery was amazing, and there were a few times when we stumbled upon some deer.


The night ended poorly for me, as I was walking backwards back to the car while talking to the guys and a funny story was told about Skin demanding that an intern go get him soup.  During the laughter, I turned my ankle on an elevated sidewalk and ate it.  My knee hit the ground pretty hard and I was bleeding profusely.  Many historians when looking back on the account say i’m lucky to be alive.

I decided to take a night off of going to The Rudder Room and checked in for the evening.  Cavanaugh was on the couch asleep when I got home.  Ben, Skin, and Gavin went over to The Rudder Room, but I got some sleep.  We had a Sunday show, which is a little unusual, but it was also a lot of fun.  In my opinion we did one of the more fun shows we’ve ever done.

There was sports content of course, but it was a little more loose.  Now for the observations from the Blue/White Scrimmage…

*The first thing that jumped out was that Ronald Leary was not participating.  We learned after the scrimmage that he tweaked his back on Saturday.  That meant La’el Collins was the starting left guard during the scrimmage.  I watched him closely, and without watching tape on the scrimmage, my initial reactions were that he looked very natural as a run blocker, but sometimes struggled while pass blocking.  To me, this was a concern coming out of college, and there were a couple times where he got yanked and over extended, allowing the rusher to slide by him easily.  While run blocking, I saw a comfort level, a powerful push, and the ability to get to the 2nd level.  At the end of the day, I felt much more comfortable about having to count on him, should the Cowboys ever be in that situation in 2015.

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*Randy Gregory looked very active running with the 2nd group.  There was one play where he dropped back into coverage and nearly got his hands on a pass for an interception.  The Cowboys will need to pick and choose how they use him, but he’s got a ton of energy and has shown that he can turn the corner.  He’s got a lot to learn in terms of the technique and nuances of how to pass rush, but the potential is there and everyday that goes by I feel a lot more excited about the Cowboys stealing him in the 2nd round.

*I can’t say enough about Sean Lee’s importance to this defense.  I hope people aren’t slighting him just because he couldn’t play last year.  The fire he brought to yesterday’s scrimmage was noticeable from the beginning.  We could hear him yelling at the offense during goal line drills.  He was flying around all over the field, and rallying the troops.  He’s an important piece to what this defense wants to be, and if he’s healthy, he’s going to make a ton of plays this year from the weak side linebacker position.

*The sequence that was most bothersome on a number of levels occurred during goal line drills.  Joseph Randle tried to go up over the top and fumbled.  Calling it a fumble might be unfair, because if we were reviewing the play, then he was probably over the goal line first, before losing control of the ball.  Barry Church scoops up the ball, in an attempt to take it back the other way, and none other than Tony Romo tries to flag him down.  In pursuit, Tony tries to tackle Barry, and hits a blocking dummy out of bounds, before losing his footing and falling uncontrollably into the chain-link fence.  You could hear everyone in attendance gasp, as the franchise QB with the bad back, went flying aimlessly into the sidelines.  Not something you want to see from him in a scrimmage…or maybe even in a real game.  Stay healthy, Tony!

*Barry Church made another nice play, this time with great coverage on Gavin Escobar’s fade route.  Church was with him all the way, and despite a size disadvantage knocked the ball away.  Say what you want about Gavin Escobar, but he’s a legitimate threat in the redzone due to his size and athletic ability.  He needs to get better boxing out defenders, but this time he had Church beat by half a step and couldn’t make the play due to the great effort from Barry Church to prevent the touchdown.

*Damien Wilson is going to make this team.  If I had one word to describe him after watching his college game tape, it would be “Solid”.  He’s always in position, he flies around and makes plays.  He had another good effort in yesterday’s scrimmage that should help him make the team.  He’s been impressing the coaches early on, and continued that trend in yesterday’s scrimmage.

*Cole Beasley was all over the place yesterday.  Not only was he Romo’s go to guy, but he also looked natural returning punts.  I’d prefer Lucky Whitehead to be the team’s primary returner, but Beasley isn’t going to just let him win the job.  I wonder how the organization feels about having Beasley back returning punts.  Typically, I don’t want any of my high priced talent back returning punts, but the Cowboys could obviously think differently.

*Speaking of Lucky Whitehead, he got a lot of time yesterday and looked like he fits the part.  He brings a lot of the same traits to the game that Cole Beasley does, but he’s more explosive.  There was a slant route yesterday where the ball was put just behind his neck, and he got his hands up in time to snatch it out of there just like all the great ones do.  I think he easily makes the team, and it’s safe to say Devin Street’s hold on the #4 WR job is definitely in question.

We’re coming home on Wednesday morning, so only 2 more practices to watch for me.  Hard to believe the first preseason game is Thursday!  Take care!

Kevin “KT” Turner is the producer of the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan, Monday-Friday 3-7pm.  You can follow him on twitter @ktfuntweets or email  him at  KT wants you to know that he loves you.

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