- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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OXNARD, Calif. – Sam Hurd’s status on the roster is as shaky as it’s been since he was an undrafted rookie.
Hurd is due to earn $1.759 million this season. That’s a lot of money for a man who doesn’t figure into the receiver rotation, even though Hurd is arguably the Cowboys’ best special teams player.
Jesse Holley, who impressed the coaches with his special teams performance in the first two preseason games, is a much cheaper alternative. He’s due to make $320,000 if he makes the team.
But Holley has been sidelined by a strained hamstring since Monday. Hurd has been making plays, reminding the coaches that he’s a pretty good insurance policy at receiver, too.
Hurd had a spectacular practice Wednesday afternoon. He made several catches, including a pair of leaping plays that will be rewind-worthy when the coaches review the film. He soared over 6-foot-5 safety Pat Watkins to snag a deep ball from Tony Romo in the corner of the end zone. He got up to grab a Jon Kitna pass over Orlando Scandrick on a post route.
The only guarantee with Hurd is that he isn’t going to give up his job without a fight.