Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp Profile: L’Damian Washington
Although going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, the future is bright for L’Damian Washington. It’s not too often you find a 6-foot-4, 200 pound receiver running a 4.40 40-yard dash. It should also be noted that Washington’s 32 inch vertical jump shows off his explosiveness. At Missouri, Washington had trouble adjusting to the system. While he was productive in college, Washington never had a 1,000 yard season, and that causes a ton of questions considering his dominant combination of size and speed.
If there is one thing to take away from this article, it is that you should be rooting for Washington. Hailing from Shreveport, LA, Washington has gone through quite a lot. When he was five years old, his father was murdered, and when he was 15 years old, his mother died of a blood clot. Since the death of his mother, Washington has had to deal with providing for himself and three others.
In college, Washington was a body-catcher and he failed to ever put on weight, but he has a dynamic frame and if he puts on another 10-15 pounds, he could be a special player. The odds of Washington making the team are astronomically low considering the Dallas Cowboys have five quality receivers in Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Devin Street, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. Fortunately, Washington has a strong relationship with receivers coach Derek Dooley, as Dooley was the first coach to offer Washington a scholarship when he was the head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Jason Garrett has already said that Washington has been great in training camp. New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wants to run to set up the deep ball, and that’s where Washington can really help this team. The odds are stacked against Washington, but he has always been faced with odds. Washington is the type of player you want on your team. If the Cowboys have to go with six receivers to keep him, it may not be such a bad idea. Think back to last year when the Cowboys elected to keep Andre Holmes off the final 53-man roster — Holmes would go on to be a good receiver for the Oakland Raiders.
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