Going into training camp, one of the main concerns was who would be declared as the guy to man the number three receiver spot. The injury bug has hit the Boys hard in several spots but none more so than in the pass catching category.
Obviously, the argument can be made that the offensive line was hit harder, but the signing of Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan and the exceptional performance of the line against the Chargers has me less concerned about the transition of the ball from O-line to quarterback and more worried about the transition from quarterback to receiver.
In the case of wideout Miles Austin, it almost seems like a rerun of last year. When he came out and admitted that his problems last year were due to his lack of conditioning and focus, I was fairly surprised. I expected much better this year. My question though is that if those things had been fixed going into training camp, then what is the problem now? By no means is this a knock on Austin because clearly he can play, and I haven’t seen many people do it with the humility that this guy does but man if he could only be reliable. All reports thus far have him playing in the opener so for now that is good news. Let’s just hope that stands true.
Ok, so our number one guy is out. Not a problem. Seeing as how we have a guy named Dez Bryant to step in. Not a bad Robin to Austin’s Batman, right? Oh wait…looks like whatever Austin has is contagious and Bryant caught it. Hamstring pulls seem to be the theme but Dez added a knee problem now. Although it isn’t severe it’ll definitely scare most of us Cowboy fans. Reports also have Bryant good to go for the opener, well at least according to him barring any further injury, or suspension from Roger Goodell (everyone knock on wood).If nothing else that shows his dedication and that’s a good sign.
Lastly, there’s another guy you might be familiar with that goes by the name of Jason Witten. Seriously? A lacerated spleen? By now it almost sounds like a bad joke. I’ve seen hits like that a million times and almost never results to anything more than a player losing his wind. I guess it was just one of those once in a lifetime hits. Pretty frustrating seeing as how this is the same guy that ran about fifty yards without any headgear. I guess even he is not invincible. As the story goes though he as well seems cleared for the opener. A good alternative seeing as how season ending spleen surgery was also a possible scenario. Feeling lucky yet?
Now that third receiver spot seems the least of our worries, and who would have that those younger receivers and tight ends might be auditioning for something so much more than just a roster spot. Well if all goes according to plan the Giants will have to prepare for our best.
As it stands now if we were playing a game of battleship and our receiving corps were our ships we’d be all but sunk. Luckily though time heals and this concern should all be cleared by the time the opener rolls around.