Saturday, August 4, 2012
Position battle: Raymond Radway brings big-play potential
By Tim MacMahon
OXNARD, Calif. – Raymond Radway has a long way to climb on the depth chart to crack the Cowboys’ receiver rotation.
Right now, Kevin Ogletree has the lead in the race for the third receiver role, assuming that player is currently in camp. Dwayne Harris and Andre Holmes are next on the list. Danny Coale has yet to practice, but the fifth-round pick will be given every opportunity to earn a roster spot.
However, it’s going to be awfully hard to release Radway if the former Abilene Christian track star keeps coming up with big plays. A 6-foot-3, 204-pound receiver with that kind of speed is hard to sneak through waivers onto the practice squad.
Radway had earned a roster spot as an undrafted rookie last year, but he suffered a season-ending injury on the final play of preseason, needing surgery to place a steel rod into his broken leg. He started this camp slow, but he’s come on strong in the last few days.
That continued Saturday, when he caught a couple of deep balls for touchdowns. Radway beat $50 million cornerback Brandon Carr on one of them.
“He has really good speed and can get on top of the defense,” passing game coordinator John Garrett said. “As you can see, he’s made some big plays. He just needs to be consistent and keep learning all the positions so we can insert him anywhere and he can become reliable and dependable.”