If you had told me when the Dallas Cowboys spent a fifth-round draft pick on the former Pittsburgh Panther, Devin Street, that we’d be getting strong production from him in year one, I would have asked what strong was, and then politely said you were wrong.
I personally would consider strong production for a rookie wide receiver to be multiple touchdowns (at least three), or at least 500-600 yards. You’ll find that sometimes even wide receivers drafted in the early rounds don’t tend to put up that type of production in their first year in the NFL. It’s just a different speed, stronger competition and it’s far tougher for players to make the jump at a skill position like wide out.
For Street though, one of my biggest concerns was his route running ability and if he’d be able to be crisp and handle routes at an NFL level. I’ve immediately been shown that he’s taken the doubters and the negatively that have been sent his way about this, and turned it into motivation. The rumor is that Street is doing much better in route running than anyone expected, and that he may end up surprising quite a few people.
While the Cowboys have a ton of weapons on offense and in the passing game, including Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten to name a few, you’d think that this would leave him with very little chance for production. That’s just simply not the case though.
Having all of that talent on the Cowboys’ roster may actually be a good thing for Street. Most defense will key in on Bryant and Witten, with Williams getting his fair share of attention as well. With Tony Romo having no issues throwing it to whoever is open, I think Street may find himself with plenty of openings and chances to make plays from the word go for this team.
He’ll definitely be a player to watch in 2014, but absolutely a player to watch moving forward after 2014 as well.