Cowboys Reportedly In Preliminary Talks About WR Plaxico Burress
With training camps in full swing and preseason tilts getting underway, NFL teams are getting a better look at their depth charts and figuring out which positions need some work before regular season action begins.
The report goes on to mention Dallas' inexperience behind Kevin Ogletree and Dez Bryant as the main cause for concern. Miles Austin's hamstring injury has forced Ogletree to take on a larger role, and that leaves very little depth behind him.
Watkins expresses that "Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, Tim Benford and Cole Beasley have been the standouts in training camp so far for Dallas' No. 3 receiver spot."
That quells some discontent in terms of who will play, but it doesn't really ease anyone's mind.
None of those players caught a pass last year.
Austin's hamstring injury is a concern, and acquiring Burress would make sense. He's racked up 8,457 yards and 63 touchdowns in his 10-year career, and he would provide a solid short-term boost to the Cowboy offense.
Expecting Burress to return to elite form isn't realistic, but he could at least mentor Dallas' other possible targets on the nuances of the game. He could also provide a red-zone target and possible possession option in third-down situations.
Last year, Burress hauled in eight touchdowns on 45 catches with the Jets. He would get more opportunities to catch the ball in Dallas, and Tony Romo is more capable than Mark Sanchez at this point in his career. It would be an ideal situation for the veteran playmaker.
Obviously, a lot could change in the next few days, but this is a situation worth keeping an eye on. Teams are always looking to plug holes, and quality veterans aren't always available.
Burress is an above-average option for Dallas, and he should be excited for this possible opportunity.
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