Cowboys Fall To The Chargers
The Dallas Cowboys are halfway through the preseason following a 28-20 loss on the road to the San Diego Chargers. Ironically, the Cowboys should feel much better about their team than after the 3-0 snoozer of a victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night in the Bay Area. The first team offense played much better with running back DeMarco Murray gaining some productive yards and Tony Romo managing to avoid being sacked behind the make-shift line that did play better than the Oakland game. Dallas was without 19 players including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Jay Ratliff, Miles Austin, Mike Jenkins, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Nate Livings and Phil Costa in the loss to the Chargers. Next up for the Cowboys is a home contest against the St. Louis Rams at 7 p.m. on August 25. The game will be broadcast on CBS 11 (Silver Star Network).
Carr Gets Two Picks, Claiborne Please With First Game
The Cowboys top draft pick looked fine in his debut, due in part to the Chargers choosing to throw to prized free agent Brandon Carr’s side of the field. Carr basically baited Phillip Rivers into throwing the first pick, while he bobbled the second interception a few times before coming down with the ball.
“It was the first time playing in a game since the national championship,” Claiborne, the first-round pick out of LSU, said, “but just being out there with my teammates, running around with those guys, it was fun.”
Ogletree Shines In San Diego
The debate on who should be the Cowboys third receiver following Laurent Robinson’s free agent departure to Jacksonville has ranged from those who believe Dallas should bring in a veteran to the supporters of Kevin Ogletree or Cole Beasley and Danny Coale. Ogletree caught four passes for 60 yards against the Chargers’ first- and second-team units and in the process separated himself from the pack. His 35-yard reception across the middle against the Chargers’ Quentin Jammer helped set up the Cowboys first touchdown.
“What I liked about Ogletree was, in tight, when it was a collision to get the ball, he made the big catch,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “One of the criticisms of him is physically he needs to get better when he has the physically contested ball. I think he’s shown that with that big catch. I thought he made a statement for himself.”
Felix Jones On The Bubble?
Felix Jones was given the chance to be the Cowboys’ starting running back to start last season and lost the job to DeMarco Murray. Jones is in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the first round (22nd overall) in 2008 out of Arkansas — ahead of Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (23), Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (24), Chicago’s Matt Forte (44) and Baltimore’s Ray Rice (55).
While recovering from shoulder surgery, Jones missed all of the off-season program and followed that up by failing the conditioning test at the beginning of training camp. His game action has seen two dropped passes and less than enthusiastic grades from running the ball. There has been increasing chatter that Jones may be given his walking papers with Phillip Tanner as the primary back-up to Murray.
“He has to continue to play and practice hard and get himself in physical shape to play football,” Garrett said, after the Chargers game. “But I think he looks good. He looks like he has some quickness and some burst. It was good to see him out there for a few snaps.”
The Cowboys waived former TCU running back Ed Wesley on August 17 and safety Justin Taplin-Ross on August 19. Following their departures, Cowboys have 88 players on the roster entering practice against the San Diego Chargers.