Fish's Friday Cowboys Practice Report

IRVING -- Resident Cowboys insider Mike Fisher gives his Friday morning practice report to our friends in the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan. Here is the recap, which includes word on Rolando McClain's participation:



Fish on Dez's Maturity Heading into a Big Game: I think Jason Witten has helped him, along with Derek Dooley the wide receivers coach, get that being a great blocker as a wide receiver is good too. It doesn't get you Pro Bowls, but it does get you wins. I think Dez watches Dwayne Harris go about his business. Dwayne Harris is an excellent blocker, and, who, maybe on another team, is one notch up on the totem pole. But look at how Dwayne Harris makes a living returning punts and kicks, covering punts and kicks, blocking as a wide receiver, running the football out of the backfield if necessary -- all of the little things. And I think Dez has gained an appreciation from a lot of the people around him and matured very quickly.

Fish's Unsung Hero for Sunday: I think Kyle Wilber is going to line up on defense for what seems like the first time in a long time. And he's going to get substantial snaps, and that's even with Rolando McClain (who practiced on Friday for the first time this week) playing -- of course, no Bruce Carter. I bet you that Kyle Wilber starts, lines up at outside linebacker, and rushes the passer a little bit along with the front four contain. I think that he's someone that might jump up into the radar.

Fish's Anthony Spencer Update: He's coming off a game where he didn't contribute. The Texans game wasn't a good day for him. It can be incremental, but it's got to be at a level where he's at least a run-stopping strong side defensive end. And I know the Cowboys have talked publicly talked about putting him at right end and rushing the passer. I don't believe in that. I don't think you could have done that and had him be that when he was fully healthy, let alone now. Let him be a run-stopping, run-stuffing defensive end and that would be a good thing.

Fish's on Bill Leavy, Sunday's Ref: The Cowboys are 6-6 when he refs, and the Seahawks are 5-5. He'll call a clean game. A tie would be a terrific accomplishment for the Cowboys in Seattle!

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