Dallas Cowboys: Malcolm Floyd

Position Series: Wide receivers

February, 16, 2011

Our offseason Cowboys Position Series continues with a look at the wide receivers.

Players:Roy Williams (signed through 2013), Sam Hurd (free agent), Manuel Johnson (free agent), Miles Austin (signed through 2016), Jesse Holley (free agent), Dez Bryant (signed through 2014), Kevin Ogletree (signed through 2011), Troy Bergeron (free agent)

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Brett Davis/US PresswireReceiver Roy Williams likely will be back with the Cowboys next season.
Top free agents:Braylon Edwards, New York Jets; Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers; Santonio Holmes, New York Jets; Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers; Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings

Top draft prospects: A.J. Green Georgia; Julio Jones, Alabama; Randall Cobb, Kentucky; Torrey Smith, Maryland; Tandon Doss, IndianaAJ

2010 review:This was a talented group. It has speed in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant along with the big play ability of Roy Williams. Williams scored five touchdowns the first five weeks of the season then disappeared. Austin had over 1,000 receiving yards and earned another Pro Bowl berth. What was telling for Austin was his 10 droops, fifth most in the NFL and he was tied for 28th in fourth quarter receiving with 18 catches for 255 yards. What can you say about Bryant? He was fantastic. He had more third down catches than Williams and more fourth quarter touchdowns than Austin. Once he masters the playbook he could be an unstoppable force. A lack of playing time hurt Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogletree last year. Hurd is a free agent and he could play for another team. Ogletree will get a chance to emerge as a receiving threat.

Offseason preview: It might be time to cut Roy Williams, but it appears he’s going to be here in 2011. The lack of a No. 3 receiver if he should go, gives him the security. But the Cowboys need to make him productive for an entire season. Bryant has to master the playbook, something he didn’t do last year and Austin was a steady threat in the passing game. Ogletree was a good route runner now he has to get more chances to do it in games. If so, he could move past Williams up the depth chart. Drafting a wide receiver isn’t out of the question, but you wonder if Jesse Holley will get opportunities to play on offense in 2011.

Need meter (1-5): 2

Chargers strike on third-and-long

December, 13, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Linebacker Keith Brooking pinpointed the Dallas defense's biggest problem against the Chargers: The Cowboys couldn't stop San Diego on third-and-long.

Actually, the Cowboys kept the Chargers from moving the chains on four of seven third-and-long plays. But that's not nearly good enough, especially when the three conversions were big plays that led to points.

The three big plays were all essentially jump balls, pitting the Chargers' 6-5 receivers against the sub-6-0 Cowboys cornerbacks. Phillips Rivers hit Malcolm Floyd for a 24-yard gain on San Diego's first touchdown drive, Vincent Jackson for 33 yards en route to a field goal in the second quarter and Jackson again for 39 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown.

"That just can't take place," Brooking said. "That's the pass rush; that's coverage. It goes hand in hand. We felt like the recipe for success in this game was being really good on first and second down and creating those third-and-longs. We got in those situations and didn't make the plays to get them off the field."