Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant
News 20 Jun 2018, 12:11 IST
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley does not want numerous prodding to deliver up how a lot he thinks outsiders will fail to remember Dallas receivers now that the Cowboys have moved on from Dez Bryant.
The new dean of the crowd sees alternative moderately than uncertainty at a place that lacks a large identify, and the historical past of huge manufacturing that most often is going with it.
Dallas is not essentially searching for a brand new No. 1 receiver whilst additionally looking to change 15-year tight finish Jason Witten, who retired because the franchise chief in catches and yards. Headlined by way of holdovers Beasley and Terrance Williams and inexperienced persons Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, the Cowboys assume their energy might be in numbers — and matchups.
“They’re giving everybody an opportunity to do everything,” mentioned Beasley, who’s going into his 7th season. “This is the most open it’s ever been since I’ve been here as far as who’s where. That makes it a lot of fun. And it’s exciting to see what everybody can do.”
The Cowboys reduce Bryant , the membership’s profession chief with 73 touchdowns receiving, in a cost-cutting transfer after 3 subpar years below the large contract he signed after his handiest All-Pro season in 2014.
The factor is, Bryant’s replacements are coming off subpar years as smartly.
Beasley’s catches and yards fell by way of greater than part from profession highs in 2016. Williams did not have a landing for the primary time in his 5 seasons, and turned into an off-field worry with an arrest in a public intoxication case.
Hurns, a unfastened agent addition going into his 5th season, did not achieve 500 yards in both of his two years in Jacksonville because the handiest 1,000-yard season some of the 12 receivers that Dallas recently plans to take to coaching camp overdue subsequent month.
Austin, a bust because the 8th general select in 2013 by way of the Rams after they had been nonetheless in St. Louis, was once most commonly a spectator for probably the most dramatic turnaround within the NFL remaining yr. The Los Angeles Rams took the NFC West at 11-Five with the franchise’s first profitable season since 2003. The Cowboys traded for him all through the draft.
“We’re all coming off years that we’re not so proud of,” mentioned Hurns, who additionally has the one double-digit landing season within the workforce with 10 in 2015, when he had 1,031 yards. “We’ve all got that motivation to come in and do well. What people talk about, it just adds fuel to the fire. But that’s not our pure motivation.”
Hurns did not need to fail to remember the inexperienced persons in a bunch with one thing to end up, and there are two to look at. Michael Gallup was once the primary receiver the Cowboys have drafted post-Bryant — a third-rounder out of Colorado State. Dallas took Cedrick Wilson from Boise State within the 6th spherical.
It’s more likely to be some time prior to follow is any indication of the way the receivers may line up for the opener Sept. nine at Carolina. For something, Williams wasn’t at the subject all through offseason practices as a result of he broke his proper foot in January and had surgical operation.
Nearly everybody has had first-team paintings with quarterback Dak Prescott and working again Ezekiel Elliott, the one positive issues at the ability positions on offense presently for the Cowboys.
“There’s a big hole,” Gallup mentioned. “There’s a lot of open space in there. It just opens your eyes if you’re a rookie, honestly. You can come in here and potentially start Day 1. That role is something that everybody wants to go get. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
There’s a brand new trainer to head with all the ones new receivers as smartly. Sanjay Lal changed Derek Dooley as a part of an overhaul of trainer Jason Garrett’s body of workers.
“I’m excited to see how it shakes out,” Lal mentioned. “I couldn’t tell you who the six or five or however many we keep are going to be, and that’s exciting to me. And for them it should be exciting. Gives you all the motivation you need.”
Prescott deliberate to get along with the receivers all through the spoil between minicamp and coaching camp. The third-year QB envisioned a meeting clear of Dallas, understanding within the morning and putting out within the afternoon.
Looking for a bounce-back himself after the Cowboys neglected the playoffs a yr after he was once the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the NFC East champs, Prescott would possibly not be looking to drive the ball to a No. 1 receiver. That took place at occasions with Bryant.
“I think when you come out of minicamp, you kind of see that, when you see all the different guys we’re throwing to, the different guys that are running with the ones, different guys that are running with the twos,” Prescott mentioned. “It’s about spreading the ball around, just going to the right place with the ball.”
Prescott can have quite a lot of motivated goals.
“I think last season was a good thing for all of us,” Beasley mentioned. “It added like a hunger to our group. A lot of people pushed us to the side this offseason and they’re sleeping on us, but that gives us a chance to prove a lot of people wrong.”
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