Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Have Turned Heads During Offseason Workouts
The Dallas Cowboys have wrapped up their organized team activities with more than a few players making the most of the workouts.
From rookies to multi-year veterans, the Cowboys have seen some important names step up and impress this offseason. Let's take a look at some of the offseason's most impressive players so far.
On June 5, ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer was in attendance for the Cowboys' OTA sessions and was impressed by the receivers.
Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris and Terrance Williams all caught touchdown passes that day, but Williams' is one worth noting. According to Archer, Bryant's was the most impressive. His was also the most expected.
Williams beat Morris Claiborne on a slant route to snag his touchdown grab, which isn't an easy task to do. Claiborne was Dallas' first pick in last year's NFL draft and Williams was able to best him. While it's only one play, it's what the Cowboys' coaching staff wants to see from its newest wide receiver.
Harris was the obvious name to take over as the No. 3 receiver in the Dallas offense, but Williams has a legitimate chance at that job. All the rookie has to do is keep impressing.
Besting Claiborne a few more times would help too.
Back on May 28, DallasCowboys.com writer Bryan Broaddus said that "Orlando Scandrick was the best corner on the practice field last week both in the terms of playing on the outside and in the slot."
On June 1, Broaddus went on 105.3 The Fan (via The Dallas Morning News) and explained his thoughts on why Scandrick has been performing so well. He believes that Scandrick realizes that rookie cornerback B.W. Webb was drafted for a reason.
Scandrick hasn't exactly been a liability in the secondary for Dallas, but he hasn't been a huge help either. Last year, Scandrick recorded a career-low 16 tackles. He finished with no sacks for the first time ever and zero interceptions for the first time since his rookie season in 2008.
If Webb provides incentive for No. 32 to step up his game then the rookie has already started to pay off.
The Cowboys would love to have Scandrick playing on a higher level heading into 2013 to pair with Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. It's still too early to read too much into Scandrick's play, but he's started the road towards training camp on the right note.
DeMarco Murray might not be turning heads by rushing for touchdowns in OTAs, but he was able to participate near the end.
According to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Murray joined the rest of the players in OTAs on May 30. The Cowboys' starting rusher told Watkins it was good to get back to work, saying:
I'm very excited to be out here with my teammates...to come out here and get better each and every week. I am going to play all 16 this year. I'm excited. It's going to be a great year for us.
Murray has never been able to play in all 16 regular-season games during his two years in the NFL. The Cowboys would be thrilled to keep Murray off the injury report this year. So far, his recovery from his previous injury is going as planned.
Now with the mandatory veteran minicamp starting on June 11, it will be interesting to see how Murray's progression back to full health continues.
Caleb McSurdy is not one of Dallas' most notable players, but he is doing his best to contribute to the team.
Starting fullback Lawrence Vickers is currently recovering from back surgery and the Cowboys needed someone to fill in for the position in workouts. According to ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer, McSurdy was more than happy to step in despite being a linebacker.
"It was only five or six plays they had me look at but, yeah, it was a lot of fun just being out there. Offense, defense, special teams, if you’re playing ball, you’re playing ball," McSurdy told Archer.
The 2012 seventh-round pick hasn't had a great start to his NFL career, tearing his Achilles' tendon last year in training camp. McSurdy seems to be trying to make up for lost time, however, playing wherever he can get significant time.
No matter what sport it is, coaches are always looking for players who will go wherever needed. McSurdy surely has gotten on head coach Jason Garrett's good side by filling in at fullback.
It will be hard for McSurdy to find playing time at either fullback or linebacker this year, but he's doing the best to make a case for himself.
While Tony Romo wasn't able to throw the ball around at OTAs, he effectively added to the team activities. During the workouts, Romo was noticeably coaching and trying to give pointers to teammates.
He wrapped up the OTA sessions by attending and coaching in the Cowboys' annual high school football camp. Romo passed on some wisdom to 160 high schoolers from around the Texas area. His team won the annual seven-on-seven game, beating Miles Austin's team in the process.
It's no secret that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is expecting more out of his quarterback after his big contract extension. So far, Romo has been doing everything possible to be involved with the team despite nursing a bad back.
Considering Romo's situation, Jones has to happy with the veteran's efforts so far this offseason.