Grading the Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers

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Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) makes a catch in front of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher (24) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In 2013 few could. Dez Bryant was a catalyst for great things happening. The biggest question mark about him is why don’t the Cowboys use him even more? Scott Linehan, are you listening? Use this kid the way the Detroit Lions use Magatron and few people will even be in the conversation to compare him with. In fact, maybe only Megatron. I give Dez Bryant a solid A for 2013.

This brings us to the man who was slated to be the man opposite Dez in the high powered Cowboys Offense, Miles Austin. I want to make this very clear, I like Miles. In 2009 he had a very impressive coming out party and he followed that up in 2010 with yet another fine season. Since that time he has been on and off the Injury list more times than I can count. He misses multiple games, and then when he does play he is ineffective. In 2013 he had a mere 24 receptions for a paltry 244 yards and no scores. That’s right, zero, goose egg, donut.

Putting that in perspective for you I submit this. That is fewer yards and TDs than his Cowboys record setting game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. I’ll say that again, he had one game that was better than his entire season. I don’t like bashing players who are injured but the truth is Miles Austin, as a good a guy as he is, is not worth his salary, was awful in 2013, should absolutely be waived in this off season to save cap room and earns an F from me for his season.

When I look at his lack of production it reminds me so much of Alvin Harper back in 1994, not as a comparison, but rather as a contrast. Harper, the number 2 man to The Playmaker, Michael Irvin, only caught 33 balls that year. Only 9 more than Miles Austin managed. But with those 33 receptions he stacked on 821 yards and 8 scores. That is the kind of year you expect from a #2 WR starting opposite a stud #1. We did not get that from Miles.

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Topics: Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris, Miles Austin, Wide Receivers

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  • SmartThinking

    Ditto on Beasley. Ditto x2 on Harris. A true bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Dallas.

    Not so fast on Williams. His rookie blunders cost Dallas points and one game. In my view, he didn’t know his play book, but I wasn’t there. Can he improve? I sure hope so. I’m getting tired of watching this team draft players, cut them and then have those guys beat us with other teams.

    I will forever disagree with you re: Bryant’s sideline tirade, pep talk or not. It sent the wrong message and it looked unprofessional. Landry would have never allowed that kind of demonstration for any reason, positive or not.

    But. All season I watched the guy get double and triple teamed, in near hand to hand combat on every single play, fight his way clear and make some eye- popping catches. If his supporting cast had cut him a break and worked harder, Bryant could possibly have added 6 more TD’s to his total. He’s a beast and he’s coming into his own as a player right about now.

    I disagree that we need to draft another high WR. If this team’s philosophy is to transition into a two TE team, then we should be set at both positions. Besides, emphasis needs to be placed with every one of our seven selections at cementing the foundation, i.e., OG and defensive line/Safety.

  • Earl Robertson

    They need to use Harris more he can make things happen! Don’t understand why they cut Jesse Holly after one season? Every time he was in the game he made plays!

  • revellyre

    Great article. I’m a little tougher on the rookie but he still earned a B, regardless. I also see a need in bringing in another speed demon WR who can shock and awe CBs with 4.3 afterburners all game long. Whether that’s in the draft, UDFA, or a vet, IDC. This will take pressure off Dez and open up the rest of the offense, especially the running game.

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