Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher (24) and Cary Williams (26) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson's Moves Make Cowboys the Team To Beat

My life is Cowboys football which means I get plenty of attention from fans of the Houston Texans and our fellow NFC East opponents. It was these fans that informed me that former Eagles receiver, DeSean Jackson had signed with Washington. I really thought it was an April Fool’s joke!

Since it’s true, I believe that it locks up the NFC East for the Cowboys. The Eagles may have won the NFC East divisional title last year, but we will be the team to beat. The Cowboys finished with a 5 – 1 record in our division while having the NFL’s lowest ranked defense, while the Eagles went 4 – 2. In the season finale, fans of the Eagles quickly forget that the Eagles only won by 2 points with back up Kyle Orton leading the Cowboys. As far as the NFC East is concerned, the Cowboys are that good.

As a free agent, the Cowboys didn’t need DeSean Jackson, unless he wanted to play in the slot. Why DeSean Jackson signed with a team that has a rookie head coach and controversy at the quarterback position and an offense built around the running game is a mystery. The “NFL’s worst defense” held Jackson to six catches for 49 yards in two games last year with Nick Foles at the helm. Wide receivers are usually only as good as their quarterback – right Larry Fitzgerald?

Name

QBR

Peyton Manning – 2nd

82.9

Nick Foles – 5th

69

Tom Brady – 11th

61.1

Tony Romo – 12th

59.5

Russell Wilson – 13th

58.9

Robert Griffin III – 29th

40.1

Eli Manning – 33rd

36.5

Robert Griffin III finished last year as a back-up quarterback and had a QBR of 40.1. For the Eagles, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant isn’t a receiving combination that threatens any defense. Last year, Brandon Carr had problems covering Pierre Garcon, but nobody is trying to remember that Carr was sick. Don’t believe any stories that claim the Cowboys defense should be worried about Washington’s receivers. Thanks to DeSean Jackson’s moves, the Eagles got worse while Washington picked up a player they won’t be able to throw to. The Cowboys will run the table in the NFC East.

Our receivers are the group people should be talking about. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams combined for a great season. The numbers below doesn’t include the receiving contributions of the great Jason Witten.

Name

Receptions

Yards

Average Yards

Per Catch

TD’s

Dez Bryant

93

1249

13.4

13

Terrance Williams

44

736

16.7

5

Cole Beasley

39

368

9.4

2

Dwayne Harris

9

80

8.9

2

Miles Austin

24

244

10.2

0

DeSean Jackson

85

1385

16.3

9

I’m a big fan of Dwayne Harris and would love to see him play more as the third wide receiver. There’s no denying that Beasley is clutch on third downs. Terrance Williams’ average yards per catch is the seventh best of all receivers with more than 30 receptions. Without Harris and Austin, the likely 2014 starting WR line-up of  Bryant, Williams and Beasley contributed more than 2300 yards last season. There’s not much to complain about with our wide receivers.

You can never have enough quality depth at any position. Don’t be surprised if the Cowboys draft a wide receiver in a later round. Let’s hope that he’s more of a potential starter than a project.

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