The Laurent Robinson Fallacy
Ok. This will be short. While I too am very nervous about this team...
The Laurent Robinson Fallacy
Ok. This will be short. While I too am very nervous about this team rolling with Kevin Ogletree as the third wide receiver after three seasons in which KO showed little to no improvement from his 09' rookie year -- but let me say this. Jean Jacques Taylor and some of the other Cowboys beat writers are just off. Just because lightning struck once with Laurent Robinson being the right guy at the right time at the right place (after he was cut the first time) doesn't mean this team is going to be better with any of the free agent options currently on the market. Plaxico Burress? Besides being a good blocker and red zone target, it's doubtful he has much left in the tank. Mike-Simms Walker, Mike Williams and the other free agents out there were all cut for a reason -- they lack anywhere near the speed Robinson had and don't exactly make up for it with spectacular hands or leaping ability.
Sure there MAY be some good receivers out there who could become available after final cuts at the end of this month (here's looking at you, Early Doucet). But what if none of them is going to be better, more in tune with the system and know where to line up better than the young ins already on the roster?
Based on what Jason Garrett's been saying the Front Office prefers receivers with the size that's not necessarily prototypical for Dallas (i.e. 6"2 and over 200 pounds) but big enough to play on the outside as well as quick enough to play inside too. That means Danny Coale once healthy has a natural advantage over some folks' favorite Cole Beasley, because Beasley has yet to show anything on special teams while Coale could be our emergency punter as well as a punt return man.
Ogletree could be the man if he finally shows something this preseason in this his fourth year. Remember Miles Austin didn't break out until his 4th season in 2009 and it took an injury to Roy E. Williams for him to see enough looks to bust out (thank you Parcells and Wade Phillips for not giving your rookies enough looks). Of course Austin had some spectacular plays both as a return man in the 06' playoffs as a rookie and as a wideout against Green Bay in 08' that we all knew he had potential, and Jerry Jones had been touting him. In contrast Jones' pet cat Andre Holmes has been a big disappointment so far when it comes to route running and figuring out the playbook. He appears to be practice squad material at best with 2nd year burner Raymond Radway ahead of him both mentally and physically in terms of ability to step in should anything happen to Miles or Dez. That's why I think if this team rolls with six wideouts Radway will be the sixth and not Holmes with Andre headed to the practice squad or for a date with the Turk, particularly if Hakim doesn't get IR'd and Harris or Benford make too many plays in preseason.