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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Jason Garrett likes the young wideouts

By Calvin Watkins

At the end of the first day of the organized team activities, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was praising some of his young wide receivers.

This is a tough position for the Cowboys this season because we see just one or spots available to the 53 man roster after Miles Austin, Roy E. Williams, Patrick Crayton, Kevin Ogletree and Dez Bryant.

Last season the Cowboys kept five wideouts on the active roster, Sam Hurd, Austin, Williams, Crayton and Ogletree.

Manuel Johnson and Jesse Holley were on the practice squad.

The competition at the receiver spot might create room for one more on the active roster. Hurd and Crayton have requested trades, but it seems Hurd might get cut if he can't hold off Johnson, Holley and it seems the ever improving Titus Ryan.

Hurd has done an excellent job on special teams, however, if Holley and Ryan can out perform him this spring and summer it becomes a financial decision then.

Why would the Cowboys pay Hurd, $1.759 million as the sixth receiver/special teams player when Johnson, Holley and Ryan will make $320,000 each this year?

Here's Garrett on his young wideouts: "The young guys have done really well. They come to work hard and they understand what we expect out of the receiver group. How hard they have to run and how detailed we’re going to be with them and they’ve embraced that. Manny and Kevin, the development from rookie minicamp last year to now has been leaps and bounds."

Now this doesn't mean Johnson will make the team, but it's clear he's getting better.