Forget about trades and rumors and the “what ifs” because right now, all we have is Terry Glenn and Patrick Crayton.
We’ve all talked since Sunday afternoon about how the Dallas Cowboys passed on Mario Manningham and Andre Caldwell for some unknown reason. But am I the only one who realizes just how important it is to provide another threat on the other side of Owens?
Without that threat, decent opposing secondaries have a much easier time adjusting to the player who seems to be on the streak. Remember, the Cowboys were largely a second half team for most of the season, but that fizzled as the season continued because other teams were able to adjust to the Cowboys game plan.
Keep in mind that Jason Witten was the most important player for that offense, because he opened the field up for Owens. When defensive backs decided to double up on Owens, Witten had some big games. But teams were able to adjust and double whomever they had to in crunch times. That’s why having a second wide receiver is very important to the Cowboys success.
Glenn returned for two games last year, two very uneventful games. He did take some hard hits, but he was a non-threat.
Patrick Crayton took his place for the season, and although he performed well enough to get a contract extension, he left us with a very sour ending when he missed a game-ending touchdown against the New York Giants in the playoffs. A bit of irony that the Giants end up with Manningham, don’t you think? I thought that single Crayton play is what made all of us, and columnists, say that wide receiver was a must-draft position this year. Crayton is not as clutch as we would like him to be. I hate reviewing the tape of the play because it looks like he just stops his route. He quit. There’s nothing more irritating than seeing that happen.
Glenn doesn’t do stuff like that. He’s a hardworking receiver who has made clutch catches for the Cowboys in the past. What we wonder is if his knees can hold up. If they do, then I can see the Cowboys holding up their record sixth Lombardi Trophy.
That’s why the Cowboys are banking on Terry Glenn. Get your pennies out.