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August 18, 2012

Jerry first-half reaction: Romo offense showed flexibility without Witten, Arkin did 'pretty well out there'

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, watching the game with tight end Jason Witten sitting beside him in his stadium box, said the first-team offense showed flexibility without Witten on the field.

“You saw Jason go to his backs, include other wideouts more,” Jones said, meaning Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, during a halftime television interview. “That’s the kind of flexibility we hope to have when the season starts.”

The Cowboys gained 205 yards in the first half, 102 by Tony Romo’s group in the first quarter and 103 by backup Kyle Orton’s unit in the second quarter.

“That’s more than we could have asked for,” Jones said of the 21 snaps by the first-team offense. “That meant they were doing some good things. They were moving the ball.”

Jones said he liked the protection for the quarterbacks from the offensive line, and he singled out center David Arkin, despite two penalties called on him.

“Arkin has had a lot of critics,” Jones said. “This is his second ballgame at center. I thought he was doing pretty well out there. We actually had a tight end that Jason wanted out there that might have missed a block and hurried Tony up. In the off-season we wanted to get more protection in the middle, get more base, maybe we're going to have that happen for us.”

On the two interceptions by cornerback Brandon Carr, the Cowboys’ most expensive free-agency acquisition, Jones said, “Witten punched me in the side and said a couple of those might have made a difference, and I think he's right.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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