Monday, August 4, 2014
Devin Street catches on fast
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -- One of the knocks on wide receiver Devin Street coming into the NFL draft was his speed. He was timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Street, the Dallas Cowboys' fifth-round pick, showed during Sunday’s practice there is a difference between timed speed and football speed.
“People call me slow sometimes but once I get out here it’s about just playing fast,” Street said. “Every time I get the ball in my hands, just try to score, go and give it 110 percent even if just on a block. I learned that from Larry. Larry was never the fastest guy timing wise, but he gets on the field and it’s over. It’s lights out.”
Larry is Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a Pitt alum like Street, who has worked with him over the last few years.
On the first play of red-zone drills with the second-team offense, Street caught a bubble screen from quarterback Brandon Weeden, broke through the first wave of the defense and then outran safety Ahmad Dixon down the sideline for what would have been a touchdown.
He caught three other passes in team and seven-on-seven drills but also had a drop across the middle that almost led to an interception by linebacker DeVonte Holloman.
“Devin’s a mature guy,” coach Jason Garrett said. “That’s one of the things that’s easy to see when you watched him work out, when you saw him at the combine, when you saw his college tape. And really throughout the minicamps in the spring and throughout training camp he’s shown that. He’s a really aware guy. He’s mature as a route runner. He’s quarterback-friendly. He’s kind of a tall, wiry guy. So he has to get stronger. He has to be more physical. You saw a little bit of that today, where he’s breaking through that barrier a little bit both in his releases and making contested catches down the field.”