Scrimmage Notebook: Who's Hot? Who's Not?

OXNARD, Calif. - DeMarcus Ware continues to impress and Mike Vanderjagt finally looked like the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

WHO'S HOT? The Cowboys coaching staff may want DeMarcus Ware to show more aggression on the field, but judging by his performance Saturday, it might not be needed.

Again, not surprisingly the Cowboys defense was strong, but Ware in particular appeared almost unblockable at times.

At one point, Ware plowed through rookie tight end Anthony Fasano to get to Drew Bledsoe, where he was awarded one of his two sacks of the day.

Ware also beat tackle Rob Petitti on several occasions and seemed to be a regular in the offensive backfield whenever he was in the scrimmage.

Who needs more aggression with that kind of productivity?

WHO'S HOT II? Sam Hurd continued to put together an impressive training camp with two incredible receptions on Saturday.

Hurd had a leaping catch over CB Quincy Butler that went for about 25-30 yards. Later on, he added another outstanding grab, this time jumping over CB Nate Jones for another long yardage play.

Hurd also caught a touchdown pass from Drew Henson from approximately 20-25 yards out.

If you are looking for an undrafted free agent who has a legitmate chance to make the 53-man regular season roster, don't look past this guy.

Aside from the fact he's been working with T.O. extensively after practice through the first week of camp, he's also making plays when it counts.

His production in upcoming preseason games against Seattle and New Orleans will obviously be key, but he's already doing the things needed to have "staying power."

WHO'S HOT III? Marion Barber had a very productive afternoon, including breaking off a 25-yard run and another 16-yard gain on a well executed draw play.

One has to wonder how patient the Cowboys would be with Julius Jones if he had another injury this season that forced him to miss significant time.


Because of Marion Barber. He's consistent. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and he's winning over Bill Parcells in just about every way possible.

WHO'S NOT? Tyson Thompson had several drops in today's scrimmage, including one in which no defenders were even in the same zip code.

Thompson is continuing to battle Keylon Kincaide and Demetris Summers for the third string running back position behind Julius Jones and Marion Barber.

THANK YOU MIKE: Veteran kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed several practices this past week and struggled at times with his consistency, but he was perfect in three attempts on Saturday, including two field goals and an extra point. One field goal was from approximately 45 yards out, the other was from approximately 25 yards.

QUICK HITS: S Justin Beriault missed Saturday's scrimmage, as well as most of training camp thus far with a concussion. ... Guard Stephen Peterman was also out today with a an ankle injury. Rob Petitti started at left tackle in place of Flozell Adams. ... The defense continues to clearly have the upperhand, but back up QB Tony Romo continues to impress, displaying good accuracy, the ability to the deliver the ball on the run and accuracy under pressure. Surely there isn't a quarterback controversy brewing ... is there? Nah. ... RB Demetris Summers continues to show good elusiveness when given the opportunity.

T.O. SCRIMMAGE REPORT: Terrell Owens and his sore hamstring sat out Saturday's scrimmage, which means T.O. has now missed four consecutive practice sessions. Bill Parcells announced the move earlier in the day.

He also said that Owens would undergo an MRI.

STAY TUNED: will have pictures from today's scrimmage posted by Sunday morning. Keep in tuned right here!

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