In a pass first league, having three top level pass catchers is a requirement. With the evolution of the game becoming faster and faster it won’t be long before that number becomes four.
The Cowboys are walking the line at the moment debatably having those three elite level talents on the roster. Dez Bryant is quickly emerging as one of the game’s best talents, an aging Jason Witten might be a cause for concern, and then there’s Miles Austin who, when healthy is more than capable of putting up Pro Bowl numbers. Unfortunately that’s about as likely as seeing a unicorn.
So, to put it simply, it might be safe to say that the Cowboys have their three, but who is number four. Seeing as how Jason Witten might be nearing his expiration date, and Miles Austin is getting closer to expendable than elite, number four probably needs to get here sooner rather than later.
That leads us to a popular topic as of late. Is it Dwayne Harris, or newly acquired Terrance Williams?
There is no doubt that Harris definitely flashed some signs of brilliance toward the end of the season last year, but does that mean he’s prepared to take over the number three spot or even the number two should Austin go down.
Then there’s Terrance Williams, a pass catching machine out of Baylor with absolutely no NFL experience. While his potential might speak volumes of what he’s capable of, it’s probably safe to say he’s even more of a wild card than Harris.
While the purpose of this article might have seemed to be a debate of which is more capable and prepared to man the third spot, I think it’s become more of a statement that both will be needed and hopefully prepared when their number gets called.
Let’s face it, with Bryant’s emergence as a receiving threat more teams will be game planning to take him out of the game. Austin will have to be prepared to shoulder more of the load which is far from a guarantee given his history with the hamstrings.
Put simply, I wouldn’t consider it much of a surprise to see both Harris and Williams taking the field together this season seeing as how the injury bug has become something of a trend in Dallas. Who knows, that might even include Cole Beasley.
If anything hinders these inexperienced receivers from achieving success it definitely won’t be potential. Let’s just hope they’re up to the task.