Monday, August 8, 2011
Football Outsiders: Receiving depth concerns
By Calvin Watkins
SAN ANTONIO -- When you look at the Cowboys' roster, the receiver position is one where there are question marks.
Miles Austin is the group's leader, followed by talented Dez Bryant. After that, the Cowboys have unproven players such as Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley, 2011 draft pick Dwayne Harris, Manuel Johnson and Raymond Radway.
Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders says the Cowboys' depth at wideout -- while talented -- is a concern, especially with Bryant coming off ankle surgery.
Still, given that Bryant is coming off an injury-plagued rookie season and remains under consideration for continued use in the return game, the Cowboys should be in the market for an experienced No. 3 receiver.
The interesting thing about the Cowboys' passing game: Of their threats, sometimes we forget that talented tight end Jason Witten sometimes is featured as the first option. Austin, of course, is the most accomplished of the receivers of the group.
Bryant is talented and has tremendous upside.
The Cowboys are hoping Ogletree emerges as a guy who can probably catch 30-40 passes this season as the No. 3 receiver.
If there are struggles behind Bryant and Austin, we could see the Cowboys trying to obtain a veteran.