Dallas Cowboys Positional Breakdown: Wide Receivers
After another disappointing 2013 for the Dallas Cowboys, it is time to take a look ahead to the 2014 season. I continue to break down the Cowboys’ roster position by position by taking a look at who will be back, who might be leaving, and if Dallas should look to draft someone. Here, I will be focusing on the wide receiver position.
The Cowboys have no shortage of talent at the WR position. Let’s start with one of the most talented WR in the NFL, Dez Bryant. Dez had a second straight great season, catching 93 passes for 1233 yards and 13 touchdowns. There were some questions throughout this season about Bryant’s maturity level as he had heated exchanges on the sidelines during a couple of Dallas’ tough losses.
I actually believe that Dez is much more mature now than when he first entered the league. His biggest problem is that he cares too much. He has to learn to control his passion, but on the field, he is an elite WR and he will continue to get better.
Miles Austin was supposed to be the no. 2 WR for Dallas, but injuries plagued him for the second time in the last three seasons. Miles is talented, but he just cannot seem to stay healthy. He is due to make $5.5 million next year. Given the fact that Dallas is currently $31 million over the salary cap, I believe their only choice is to make him a post-June 1 cut in order to save some money.
One of the main reasons I believe Miles is expendable is the talent of the other Cowboys WRs. Terrance Williams had a very good rookie year, catching 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. I believe Williams is ready to take hold of the no. 2 WR position and give Dallas a potent duo alongside Dez.
Cole Beasley was not expected to do much, but the smallest guy on the roster came up big for the Cowboys. As the slot receiver, Beasley proved to be a mismatch for most defenses. He caught 39 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He also became a favorite for Tony Romo on third downs. The instant comparison for every undersized slot receiver is Wes Welker. I don’t know that Beasley can become Welker, but he can be a solid contributor.
As Dallas looks ahead to the draft in May, WR should not be on their wishlist. Their WR group can give problems to any defense. Uncertainties about the Cowboys’ 2014 offense hinge on who will be calling the plays, injuries, and their QB. However, one thing that should not be questioned is the talent level of their wide receivers. They are young, talented and will only get better.