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JUST CHILL: 10 Thoughts from Wednesday’s Cowboys practice

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) signs autographs at Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, CA, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) signs autographs at Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, CA, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Star-Telegram

My thoughts from Wednesday’s practice:

1. The defense got the best of the offense for much of the day. Consider this ugly stretch that started with a sack of quarterback Romo because of a poor block by running back Darren McFadden. It was followed by a sack by defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Randy Gregory then got a sack of Romo. Then Romo threw incomplete to Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams before a Greg Hardy sack. Tony Romo battled back before the end of practice with five straight completions, including a zipped pass to tight end Jason Witten in front of linebacker Sean Lee.

2. Romo and the Cowboys ended the morning walk through and then went over and signed autographs for the more than 250 volunteers that help put on training camp in Oxnard, Calif. All were required to sign, players and coaches.  

3. Running back Darren McFadden had an up and down day in his return to practice after sitting out Tuesday with a neck strain. He gave up two sacks and showed some tentativeness running but also had the two best runs of the day, displaying a nice burst through the hole that gives you an indication of what the optimism is been about.

4. Receiver A.J. Jenkins continues to come in. He had another strong day catching the ball with a one-handed catch in the 1-on-1 drill and a nice diving catch over Tyler Patmon in the compete drill before the team.

5. Former Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley had a good day and is starting to come on after being sidelined early in the camp. He had a number of nice catches, including a diving reception from Dustin Vaughan.

6. Rookie Defensive end Randy Gregory is not letting up on what has been a strong camp and seemingly getting better and stronger. He had two sacks in practice on Wednesday, including one against the first team offensive line.

7. Cornerbacks Tyler Patmon and Morris Claiborne had good outings in what was their first day of scrutiny as they attempt to replace the injured Orlando Scandrick. Patmon had a one-handed interception of an over thrown pass from Jameill Showers. Claiborne had a nice break up on a goal line pass to tight end Gavin Escobar in 1-on-1 drills.

8. Defensive end Ryan Russell continued his role as talented whipping boy. He jumped off side during a team drill and linebacker Sean Lee went ballistic, cursing and saying get him off the field. Other defenders got in on it and Russell was replaced by Lavar Edwards.

9. Sean Lee is intense all the time and loves to practice as well. Lee is most respected member of the defense but yet he was again taking reps with the scout team as they were giving the offense looks for Saturday’s preseason game against the Vikings. He did that the last couple of weeks when he wasn’t going to play in the game. He will play this week but Lee was out there with the scout team. 

10. Brandon Weeden remains sidelined with a concussion, forcing Coach Jason Garrett to fill at quarterback with throws during 1-on-1 drills. Quarterback Tony Romo is his toughest critic. "Romo was on me because I wasn’t really taking a full drop," Garrett said. "Not only do I have arm limitations, I have foot limitations too so I got to give myself some advantage."

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