When Raymond Radway, 2011 wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, was cut from the roster in the fall, I was perplexed. It seemed like Jerry Jones really liked him, having left him on the roster a year ago after a season ending injury. Did something happen for Radway to fall from the good graces of the Cowboy organization? Were there just too many receivers vying for position? Was Radway timid about going full throttle on his healed leg? Well, whatever the truth was, he is back on the practice squad and has his second opportunity to shine.
Radway was on the 53-man watch list during the 2012 training camp. I was so high on this guy, I wrote about him last February. He was going to line up with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, I was sure. Then, in August, he was cut, seemingly gone forever. To my delight, Radway tweeted on October 5th, 2012:
Looks like I might have a job next week!!!!! GoD is GooD!!!
His hard work, despite being dismissed earlier in the season, paid off.
Here are the statistics (as of week five) for the wide receivers (including tight ends) on the current Cowboy’s roster. There are six wide receivers, plus three tight ends on the list. (NOTE: Dwayne Harris has zero stats.) Austin is on the week six injury list for hamstring issues, again. He does lead with three touchdowns, but is limited due to his constant hamstring problem. Bryant, is just a mirage, an illusion, insubstantial. Jason Witten has the case of the dropsies this season. Kevin Ogletree showed great promise in the New York Giants game, but alas, has also disappeared. The rest of the crew have had no significant impact. Not one of these listed receivers has performed to his ability, at this point.
Radway has an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboy organization what he can do. Yes, you can say he has had that chance. However, many players in the NFL have had second, third, and more chances to show they have improved or deserve another look. I have read his tweets, well before he was cut, and closely after. He has been absolutely positive throughout this journey of his professional career. Dedication and persistence, tenacity and determination. All part of a character who will find success. So, here’s to you Raymond Radway, for not giving up, staying at it, and accepting the challenge. Good luck to you!