Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd was supposed to battle for the second-receiver spot on the team until Miles Austin became a star.
Now he is fifth on the depth chart and owner Jerry Jones has even said that practice team guys like Jesse Holley, who won Michael Irvin’s contest, and Manny Johnson are learning quickly skill sets to make them effective players in the NFL.
So where does this leave Sam Hurd? Hurd has becomes what Miles Austin was. As a restricted free agent, Hurd has options, and some teams could really use a guy that many believe has not had a real opportunity to shine in the NFL. He has just seven catches in 2009. Seven. He was injured from time to time, too. He has decent heighth but does he possess any other skill set that makes him a necessary signing? He really doesn’t get much play.
Jones said in late January that “he’d sleep like a baby” if the Cowboys ignored grabbing any wide receivers in the NFL draft.
I am not saying the Cowboys need another wide receiver, but if a guy whose ranked high falls for some reason, don’t you often want to select the best player on the board in some of these rounds? Roy Williams is getting one more year to prove himself because for cripes sake the guy is supposed to be the Cowboys No. 1 go-to guy and he’s not even Tony Romo’s third option. This has to be his final year and Williams must produce.
If he does, that all bodes well for a Cowboys team already solid on defense. Add some offensive lineman depth, consider doing something with Flozell Adams, and aim for a sixth Lombardi trophy.