The Dallas Cowboys head into training camp with a talented duo at wide receiver, but the depth is questionable and the backups will look to prove themselves.
The Dallas Cowboys head into training camp with promising talent at wide receiver, including Pro Bowl talent Dez Bryant.
Bryant has performed as a top NFL receiver for the last two seasons, catching 185 passes for 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Cowboys are currently working on a contract extension for Bryant as he enters the final season of his rookie deal.
Terrance Williams is expected to be the No. 2 receiver for the Cowboys after Miles Austin was released by the team. Williams gained experience as a starting receiver in 2013 after his role in the offense gradually expanded. The former Baylor star finished his rookie season with 44 receptions, 736 yards and five touchdowns.
Williams will look to prove that he can make the jump in his second year and that he can be a reliable full-time starter. After Bryant and Williams, there is a relatively large dropoff in talent.
Cole Beasley will continue to be the third option at receiver for Tony Romo, but rookie Devin Street will push for significant playing time as well. Beasley does not always receive a lot of touches, but when he does, he makes them count with his reliable hands.
Street is expected to be a slot receiver for the Cowboys after being drafted in the fifth round, but he will need to prove himself in training camp and preseason.
Dwayne Harris, whose role is mostly on special teams, will be the fifth receiver in Dallas. He has been the primary punt and kick returner for the Cowboys, which he demonstrated by returning a whopping 1,113 yards. He also notched nine special teams tackles, so his roster spot should be safe.
The Cowboys are not expected to keep any more than five receivers, but they all offer plenty of talent and upside.