Thursday, December 30, 2010
Young receivers might play Sunday
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have mainly accomplished-healthy wide receiver and that's Miles Austin. His accomplishments have occurred in the last two seasons.
Roy E. Williams is hurting with a slight groin injury and was limited in practice on Wednesday.
What's left is Sam Hurd, who missed practice with a headache, Jesse Holley, Teddy Williams and Manny Johnson have yet to catch a NFL pass.
If Williams is unavailable for Sunday's regular season finale at Philadelphia it would leave little experience at the position.
"We got to see how those guys do," interim coach Jason Garrett said of the injured receivers. "We do have some guys banged up and we’ll see how they’ll do the next couple of days. We have to be able to manage it like we do every week with different personnel groups. Regardless of what the position is sometimes the runners are limited, the tight ends are limited and in this case it's the receivers and so you got to be able to do it in different ways."
Holley was moved from the practice squad to the active roster for the Vikings game on Oct. 17 and has gotten limited snaps on offense. He's mainly played special teams and is third on the team with 16 tackles in that area.
Johnson has been targeted just once on offense, Dec. 19 vs. Washington, and was inactive last week vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
Williams is still learning the position, and though we has moved up to the active roster last week, he was inactive for the Cardinals game.
"I think they’re doing well," Garrett said of Holley and Johnson. "Jesse Holley has been a very strong contributor to our special teams and he's grown each and every day as a receiver and Manny had a chance to be active a couple of weeks ago and he continues to grow as a receiver. Those guys just need experience and need practice reps and obviously when we get them in the game those are really worth while to them."
This might be the week to see them.