OXNARD, Calif. – Over and over Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has said in training camp, “you can’t win with flash players.”
By flash players, he means guys who show they can do a job one day and flail away the next.
As training camp goes on, the Cowboys are waiting for their young wide receivers to settle in, although the last two days of work might have been the group’s best collective effort.
“You can’t be inconsistent,” assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said. “You can’t be up and down. You can’t have a great day, an average day, a poor day then another great day. That’s an 8-8 record, basically.”
Robinson’s assessment of the wide receivers so far: “We’re just OK.”
With Miles Austin out with a hamstring injury, Kevin Ogletree has worked with the starters opposite Dez Bryant. Cole Beasley, Andre Holmes and Dwayne Harris have received most of the third wideout looks. Danny Coale is working back from a foot injury and practiced for less than a week and will not play against Oakland on Monday. Tim Benford and Raymond Radway have had their moments.
While the pack remains together, Robinon said that does not make his job more difficult.
“You want people to step up,” Robinson said. “You want to see guys rising, and you see some of that at times. You just don’t see enough of it yet. I’m optimistic about it. I’m not discouraged by any stretch. We’re a very young group, so we’re a work in progress.”