Dallas Cowboys Position Analysis: Wide Receiver

Jeff PrinceContributor IFebruary 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  (R-L) Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after his 49-yard touchdown with Kevin Ogletree #85 in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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One of the most talked about positions for the past few years has been wide receiver. Once a position of need, now it's a position of strength for the Dallas Cowboys.

However, there is still one guy a majority of Cowboys' fans aren't yet sold on.

And his name is...


Roy E. Williams

One of the most negatively-viewed players on the Cowboys roster these days.

Bust? Some say it is so.

However, some still hesitate to appoint him with that title. Those are people we like to call extreme optimists. They continue to wait to see if something good will come from this former first round pick.

Yet, the realist, like myself, realizes the dude has been given plenty of opportunities to produce.

In seven NFL seasons, Williams has been able to produce only one 1,000+ yard season. He's been a Cowboy for a year and a half, and has yet to produce chemistry and gain the trust of his quarterback, Tony Romo. The routes have to be dumbed down for Williams and he's constantly dropping passes.

He should be sent packing as part of any trade Jerry Jones can dream up this offseason.

However, Jones has too much invested in Roy. If you remember, last year Jones gave up a first, third, and sixth round pick for him. Since Jones won't admit a mistake, you can be rest assured Williams will be your number one receiver next season as much as you like it or not.


Miles Austin

What can you not like about this guy?

I'll keep this one short and sweet. Here is your true number one receiver. An emerging superstar.

He'll more than likely be franchised this offseason. Which shouldn't bother Austin, since he's looking at an extreme pay raise. If he produces next year like he did this past season, Austin can look forward to an extremely rich and lengthy contract.


Patrick Crayton

I think Crayton fit into his role nicely this past season as the number three receiver. He also found some ways to reach the endzone on a few punt returns this season.

It's safe to assume Crayton will be back to fill his role as the team's number three receiver.


Sam Hurd

Hurd hasn't developed into the receiver the Cowboys want him to be.

However, he's developed into a great special teams player. Add the fact he's a restricted free agent this offseason, the Cowboys have a tough decision to make.

If the 'Boys believe Hurd can develop into a solid receiver and maintain his special teams skills, I can see Jones bringing him back. He will more than likely be given a second round tender, and I don't see any team giving up a second round pick to sign Hurd. 


Kevin Ogletree

This kid has a lot of promise.

He's extremely quick, and has great hands. The 'Boys will definitely keep Ogletree, as he will try and break into the top three on the depth chart heading into the 2010-2011 season.


Final Analysis

There is a lot of promise at this position. Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree will bring Cowboys' fans a lot of excitement next season.

Will Roy E. Williams break through his funk and develop into a true number one receiver? Let's hope. He'll be brought back, but you can bet if he doesn't produce the first few weeks of next season, he could definitely be benched.

Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones has been quoted as saying he's extremely content with the wideout position heading into next season, so don't look for many moves here.

Keep an eye out for Manuel Johnson to break into the depth chart during the offseason if Jones decides to ship out Williams, Crayton, or Hurd.


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