The Dallas Cowboys have spent the offseason trying to figure out how to get out of the mediocrity ditch that they have found themselves in for the past three seasons. While the season is still a few months away, most of the offseason moves are done. Dallas tried to build a better roster through the draft and free agency, but did they do enough? In order to answer that question I have been breaking down their post-draft roster by position. Today I will be examining the wide receivers.
Let’s begin by looking at the clear No. 1 WR in Dez Bryant. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has become one of the NFL’s top wideouts. In the last two seasons, he has 185 catches for 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns. Bryant will look to build on the past two seasons with another great 2014. He could benefit from new passing game coordinator, Scott Linehan, who was the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions and consistently found ways to get the ball in the hands of Calvin Johnson.
The No. 2 WR for Dallas will likely be Terrence Williams. Williams had a good rookie campaign, catching 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. He got valuable experience in 2013 and that should propel him into an even better 2014 season. When opposing defenses focus on stopping Bryant, Dallas will need Williams to step up and make plays.
One of the more intriguing battles during training camp will be who wins the No. 3 receiver job. One of the candidates will be Cole Beasley. Beasley played well when given the opportunity in 2013. He is an extremely tough cover out of the slot, and he gained Tony Romo’s trust by continually making big catches, especially on third downs.
Dwayne Harris will get some time at WR as well, but his biggest contribution to Dallas comes on special teams. He consistently put Dallas in great field position with exceptional kickoff and punt returns.
Dallas also drafted a WR in Devin Street. Street will be given a chance to earn some playing time in 2014. At 6-foot-4, Street will be an intriguing option for Romo, especially in the red zone.
Dallas’ group of wide receivers is talented enough to make the Cowboys a big play offense in 2014. The biggest question is can Romo stay healthy enough to get them the ball, because no matter how great of a receiver you are, you still need a guy who can get you the ball.