The Dallas Cowboys made some additions to their depleted secondary on Aug. 6.
The Dallas Cowboys have made some additions to their depleted secondary.
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer wrote about the development in his Aug 6. blog:
"With a serious need in the secondary, the Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Korey Lindsey and safety John Thomas, according to a source.
"To make room on the roster, cornerback DaShaun Phillips, who missed the last few days of practice with a hamstring injury, and linebacker Joe Windsor were released.
"Lindsey and Thomas could play Thursday against the San Diego Chargers, although they will not have practiced.
"The Cowboys had only three healthy corners -- Orlando Scandrick, B.W. Webb and Terrance Mitchell -- at Tuesday's practice after Tyler Patmon was forced to the sidelines with a sore hip. Morris Clairborne (knee) will not play on Thursday and Sterling Moore's availability is in question because of a groin injury. Brandon Carr is expected to report to camp after Thursday's game following the death of his mother.
"Lindsey has spent time with several teams, most recently with the New Orleans Saints last year. Thomas was with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
"The Cowboys are thin at safety as well with Barry Church (ankle), Jakar Hamilton (concussion) and Matt Johnson (hamstring) banged up."
"Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.
"Romo will make his preseason debut Aug. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.
"With Romo sitting, Brandon Weeden will start. Typically the starters play a series or two in the first preseason game. This is the second straight year Romo will miss the Cowboys' first preseason game, skipping the Hall of Fame Game in 2013 against the Miami Dolphins.
"The Cowboys and Romo have been conservative in their training camp approach with the quarterback coming off back surgery in December. He did not take any competitive snaps in the spring and has taken part in six of the Cowboys' nine padded practices.
"With the say the schedule falls, Romo is expected to return to practice Saturday after a four-day break. The Cowboys are off Monday and will practice against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 12-13 in Oxnard, California, before flying home Aug. 15.
"Unofficially, Romo has completed 65 of 95 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills in camp. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said he thought Romo has been 'a little tentative' in throwing deep balls.
"Romo has had a few long throws flutter, but one still ended up as a touchdown after he slid to his left and threw to Cole Beasley on his right in Monday's practice.
"'Hopefully he's going to get four days off now because he won't do much (Tuesday), we travel Wednesday, play the game, and then they're off on Friday,' Wilson said after Tuesday's walk-through. 'Hopefully with four days of complete rehab he can come back on Saturday and start to look like his old self completely.'"
As far as Romo's performance in practice is concerned, Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson told DallasCowboys.com's Rowan Kavner on Aug. 6 that Romo needs a little more work on throwing the ball deep:
"Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson sees the same Tony Romo on short and intermediate passes.
"It's only when Romo has to chuck it deep that Wilson sees some inconsistencies.
"'He's been OK,' Wilson said. 'I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it's a little bit more inconsistent, the nine routes. He's thrown all the intermediate, the fours and the seven routes and the deep outs, it's been fine. It's just the nine route, the deep post. Those things have been a little inconsistent, and I think it's all due to his back.'
"Wilson doesn't believe Romo has any arm issues despite the time off.
"But it's the back that everyone will be focused on. Romo's been given a handful of practices off throughout camp to give him rest, including Tuesday's. When Romo's been on the field, he's looked crisp for the most part on a lot of his throws.
Other times, such as the deep ball he threw to Terrance Williams during the Blue-White Scrimmage, the passes can flutter. Wilson attributed that specific pass to Romo having to move from a spot and not getting his feet set, but Wilson also admits there are times on the deep ball Romo hasn't let loose as he's seen him do in the past.
"'I think he's being a little tentative with it,' Wilson said. 'He'll get four days off now, because he won't do much today, we travel, play the game, they're off on Friday.'
"Wilson hopes with those four days off, Romo will look more like himself at Saturday's practice. Despite some inconsistencies on the deep ball, Wilson isn't worried that Romo will have trouble going downfield when the games start to matter."