Dallas Cowboys: Troy Bergeron

Should Cowboys add veteran WR?

July, 27, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- With Roy Williams gone, the Cowboys appear to be short in their wide receiver depth after Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

Kevin Ogletree will get a chance to be the No. 3 wide receiver. Sam Hurd could be an option to return. They took Dwayne Harris late in the draft and they have Jesse Holley, Manny Johnson, Troy Bergeron, Teddy Williams and some other guys in camp.

Should the Cowboys go out and get a No. 3 wide receiver?

The biggest question is Bryant’s health. He missed most of his rookie training camp and all of the preseason with an ankle injury. He broke his ankle at Indianapolis with four games to go. He always seemed to have some nagging injury.

To me, that would be the only reason to get a No. 3 wide out; insurance for Bryant.

But if you’re wanting the Cowboys to get a No. 3 wide out because you’re not sure about Ogletree, Hurd and so many others, then I think you’re off base.

With Austin, Bryant, Jason Witten and Felix Jones, you’re looking at roughly 285-300 receptions among them. A No. 3 wide receiver would get about 30 catches, maybe. Economically speaking, to me, it would not make much sense to go grab a veteran, like a Lance Moore, Steve Breaston or Derrick Mason, for that type of production.

And, yes, I say all this realizing it is a big gamble to rely on Bryant.

WR Bergeron to play in Arena League during lockout

March, 17, 2011
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Troy Bergeron has signed to play with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League during the NFL lockout.

Bergeron, who was on the Cowboys' practice squad last season, played arena football before joining the NFL. He remains under contract with the Cowboys, but he's allowed to sign with other pro leagues since there is no current collective bargaining agreement.

Teams are not permitted to contact their players about anything during the lockout.

"We assumed there would be players that would join the AFL," AFL commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said in a statement. "We are not sure how big the influx will be."

Position Series: Wide receivers

February, 16, 2011
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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

Cowboys make several WR moves

December, 15, 2010
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys made several moves regarding their receivers corps Wednesday.

Here's the roundup:

*Kevin Ogletree was officially placed on injured reserve. He's scheduled to undergo surgery on his right big toe Thursday.

*Manny Johnson, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2009, was promoted from the practice squad to replace Ogletree.

*The Cowboys filled the vacancy on the practice squad by signing Troy Bergeron, a former Arena League star who never played college football. Bergeron spent most of this season on the Falcons' practice squad.

*Teddy Williams, the former UT-San Antonio track star who signed with the Cowboys during training camp, has been moved from cornerback to wide receiver. Williams, who has been clocked as fast as 9.9 in the 100 meters, has been on the practice squad all season.

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