Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Morgan

Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
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The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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A closer look at Laurent Robinson's numbers

November, 10, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- Generally speaking, wide receivers that join teams in the middle of a year with little attempt to learn the playbook or the quarterback tend to struggle.

As Calvin Watkins pointed out today, Laurent Robinson is proving that rule wrong.

In six games, Robinson has 24 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He has two 100-yard games as well. Tony Romo has come to trust him quickly and Robinson’s numbers figure to improve if Miles Austin misses the next 2-4 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Since 2004, the Cowboys have added some big-name wide receivers to their roster either via trade or a free agent signing.

In 2004, they traded Antonio Bryant to Cleveland for Quincy Morgan, who had 22 catches for 260 yards and no touchdowns in nine games.

In 2005 they signed Peerless Price in hopes his reunion with Drew Bledsoe would push him back to prominence. It never happened. In seven games he had six catches for 96 yards.

And then there’s the Roy Williams trade of 2008 with Detroit. Williams had 19 catches for 198 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.

In fewer games, Robinson has better numbers than any of those guys.

Finding vet WR help not as easy you think

September, 29, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- After what happened Monday night against Washington with so much miscommunication between Tony Romo and his young wide receivers there has been a hue and cry for the Cowboys to go get a veteran wide receiver.

Some have asked for Randy Moss. Others have asked for T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Some even Terrell Owens, which is incredibly ridiculous if you think back to how he left here following the 2008 season.

Jason Garrett was asked about the possibility on Wednesday.

“At this point, no,” Garrett said. “We’re always on the lookout to find guys that can help our football team. That’s been an area where we have been banged up. We’ll continue to do that [look] and if there’s somebody who comes across our path that we like and we think might fit and help us, we’ll certainly look at it.”

Now, you could say the “at this point, no,” part of the quote leaves the door open. Maybe it does, but I think that would only happen if Miles Austin or Dez Bryant is lost for the year due to injury.

Finding a real contributor at this time is difficult.

I submit to you Quincy Morgan, Peerless Price and Roy Williams.

In 2004 the Cowboys acquired Morgan from Cleveland. In nine games he caught 22 passes for 260 yards and no touchdowns.

In 2005 the Cowboys signed Price, who was on the street at the time. In seven games he caught six passes for 96 yards from Drew Bledsoe, with whom he excelled in Buffalo.

In 2008 the Cowboys traded for Williams from Detroit. In 10 games he caught 19 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown.

Bringing in a veteran is not the greatest solution.

In 2007, Chris Chambers was traded from Miami to San Diego and caught 35 passes for 555 yards and four touchdowns. That’s pretty good production there. Chambers is available, too.

In 2009 Braylon Edwards caught 35 passes for 541 yards and four scores in 12 games after his trade from Cleveland to the New York Jets. That’s OK production, too, but Edwards never delivered as much as the Jets had hoped.

And let’s look at Moss. Last year he was dealt to Minnesota by New England. In four games he caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns before then-coach Brad Childress got tired of him and cut him. Moss then went to Tennessee and he caught six passes for 80 yards and no scores in four games.