Guest Post By Staubach
A lot has been said about receiver being a weakness of the Dallas Cowboys. Many were upset that they did not draft one. It is an area of concern, mostly because of uncertainty. We do not know if Terry Glenn will play and the backups are mostly untried except for Patrick Crayton. We know Crayton’s strengths and his weaknesses. He is a decent third receiver but is not someone most would want to depend on as the number one in case Terrell Owens gets hurt.
Assuming TO and Glenn play, who can we depend one after these three? Sam Hurd and Miles Austin are mostly untested, although Hurd played more minutes last year and had 19 catches. Some in the organization are high on him. I have never been overly impressed with Austin and would not be surprised to see him lose his roster spot to a young player.
Hurd has had some nice plays, but he does not have the necessary speed to replace TO or stretch the defense. He should be mostly a third WR like Crayton.
Isaiah Stanback was our 4th rounder last year and he was injured all last season. He gets raves for his athleticism and might have the speed to be a number one guy one day. He is getting kudos’ for his catching and route running and looks healthy. Maybe he will make these WR worries moot. But until you get into a game situation it is all just a matter of speculation (and hope).
A surprise weapon at WR may be none other than Felix Jones, the guy Dallas got to play running back. He played some receiver in college, has the speed, and has impressed early at camp with his ability in this area. I would not be surprised to see him put there a couple of times a game to upset the defensive schemes. Try covering him with a linebacker on a deep route. Right!
And maybe a player or two will come out in camp? Jerry Jones likes Danny Amendola and he has beat our rookie corners in camp. Daniel Polk is trying to take the Crayton route and has some good plays in camp. Mark Bradford has had some plays too, but they are realistically just hoping to make a practice squad for this year before they can contribute. But maybe one will take Austin’s place.
So an area of concern? Yes. An area of panic? I do not think so. But someone will need to step-up. Worse case is Felix Jones can provide the speed at WR in a pinch, and someone serviceable will drop or look to be traded before the season begins.