Rookie receivers typically have a hard time in their first seasons. That's why the Cowboys are trying to keep things simple for Dez Bryant right now. They have him practicing at one position -- the X.
"He is learning to play on the outside," receivers coach Ray Sherman said. "If you throw a lot at him, you're going to confuse him and slow his growth down. You have to get him in a spot and get him comfortable, with the system and also have him understand all the other components of the route, what those entail. Then, you can branch him out to other parts."
Miles Austin is spending time in the slot during training camp. The Cowboys are hoping to get him in single-coverage situations by moving him inside some.
"He may see less double coverage in there, because they have to know where he is if you have him in the same spot all the time they can gameplan to take him away. That is why you have to be able to move him around."
Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogeltree also are seeing practice time in the slot position.
-- Charean Williams