Dallas Cowboys: Full Position Breakdown & Depth Chart Analysis at Wide Receiver
Dallas invested another pick into the position this past NFL draft. The team hopes to get great production out of Devin Street as it did 2013 pick Terrance Williams last season.
The Cowboys are certainly young at receiver, but that's not exactly a bad thing. All of a sudden, they have a solid young tandem in Bryant and Williams. Jason Garrett and Co. have some intriguing players up and down this depth chart heading into training camp.
Here's a look at what the final depth chart for the Cowboys' wide receiver position will be and an in-depth look at each player.
No. 5: Dwayne Harris
Dwayne Harris will not be at the bottom of the depth chart due to a lack of talent. Over his three seasons in Dallas, he has shown an ability to catch clutch passes and long ones, too.
Harris will be at the bottom of the depth chart because of his returning capabilities and the other young talent at wide receiver. Cole Beasley beat him out for the No. 4 job last year. It's no guarantee that Harris can't win that camp battle this time around, but Tony Romo seemed to have a chemistry with Beasley.
Devin Street was not drafted to back up the rest of the receivers on this roster. He was drafted to take Terrance Williams' old spot as the slot wideout.
That leaves Harris in all likelihood as the No. 5 receiver, playing solely in obvious passing situations. And honestly, that's fine. Harris makes his impact for the Cowboys not on offense, but on kick and punt returns.
He has returned two punt returns for touchdowns the past two seasons. The East Carolina product also averaged more than 30 yards per kick return in 2013. Special teams is where Harris makes his impact, not on offense.
No. 4: Cole Beasley
Some Cowboys fans might not have noticed, but 2013 was actually a career year for Beasley. Albeit he has only been in the league for two seasons, but he put together a fine sophomore campaign.
Beasley recorded two touchdowns and averaged more than nine yards per reception last season. While the SMU product isn't going to become the next Reggie Wayne, he knows his role with this team.
Beasley understands that he is not the big-play or deep-threat guy in this receiving corps. He's the guy who picks up a handful of yards and moves the chains. That's a role that has worked well for players like Jason Witten and Miles Austin in the past.
Given the solid production in limited action last year, Beasley has to be the coaches' choice for the No. 4 spot heading into camp. He will have to fight Harris to earn that position this summer, but Beasley proved last year that he is capable of doing just that.
No. 3: Devin Street
Devin Street was Dallas' fifth-round pick this past draft and will have the chance to make an impact right away. With Austin gone, Terrance Williams will take over as the No. 2 receiver. That leaves Street with the inside track to the slot job Williams made his mark on last season.
Street has great length and some solid hands to go with his 6'3", 198-pound frame. While at Pitt, Street showed that he is a smart route-runner and was a huge asset in the passing game.
It will be difficult for him to stand out with Williams, Bryant and Jason Witten in the mix, but Street has a ton of potential. Cowboys fans should keep an eye on the rookie through training camp and this coming season.
No. 2: Terrance Williams
Believe it or not, Terrance Williams' rookie season was arguably more impressive than Dez Bryant's. No. 88 recorded 561 yards and six touchdowns in 2010. Last season, Williams tallied 736 yards and five touchdowns.
While it likely helped Williams to have Bryant lining up alongside him, the former made a fine first impression in 2013. The former Baylor Bear had five games with four or more receptions and one memorable 151-yard game against Denver last year.
It was only one season of work, but it was easy to see Williams was NFL-ready from Week 1. The expectations for him in 2014 as the No. 2 wideout are high, but don't be surprised if Williams lives up to them.
No. 1: Dez Bryant
Everybody knows who Dallas' No. 1 wide receiver is. Bryant is coming off two straight seasons with more than 1,200 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns.
The 2010 first-round pick has really started to come into his own the past two years and has become Dallas' unquestioned leader at wideout. Former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson told Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News that Bryant is "the most influential player on that team right now."
It's hard to argue with the three-time Pro Bowler's assessment of Dallas' current No. 88. With Bryant, the Cowboys have a solid receiving corps that can challenge most defenses. Without him, Romo would find himself throwing to a slew of inexperienced players.
Bryant is a difference-maker and an offensive leader for this team. He has given Dallas fans no reason to expect anything less than stellar play from him game in and game out.
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