Austin, defense make headlines in blue-white scrimmage

Cowboys receiver Tavon Austin (10) is pursued by defensive end Taco Charlton during training camp at River Ridge Fields in Oxnard, Calif..Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cowboys' blue-white scrimmage on Sunday evening sparked mixed reviews of the offense. Most notably, Dallas Morning News beat writer David Moore posted an insightful Tweet.

Dallas's rebuilt passing game has had a difficult time putting the ball in the end zone through the first week of practice in pads. But there were some bright spots from first-teamers on the offensive side.

Tavon Austin made his presence felt as he took a handoff on a reverse on the first play of the scrimmage. His speed clearly made an impact on that play, and it was telling that the Cowboys' play script started with getting him the ball. Later, Austin made an impressive catch, jumping and reaching over cornerback Charvarius Ward for a touchdown catch from backup QB Cooper Rush.

First-team QB Dak Prescott pointed out the difference Austin brings to the offense with his team.

"Got a lot of little new, I guess you’d call it kinks or something, here and there," Prescott said. "That’s going to help everything else out. Help our running game out, help our play-action game out."

Prescott also downplayed concern that the passing game has been slow to gel. He said he likes the challenge, but wouldn't characterize it as "tough" as he attempts to develop chemistry with a new group of receivers.

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