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September 28, 2011

Romo and his receivers working hard to get on the same page

The Cowboys knew when they released veteran Roy Williams before training camp that there would be some growing pains among their young receiving corps. With Miles Austin still rehabbing a hamstring injury, the Cowboys' top four receivers are Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Laurent Robinson and Jesse Holley. They have a combined 25 starts, 88 games, 164 catches, 2,051 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Robinson is the most veteran of the group, with five years of experience, 20 starts, 39 games played, 92 catches, 1,049 yards and four touchdowns. But he has spent only 15 days with the Cowboys, having been signed before the Jets game, released after a hamstring injury and then re-signed Sept. 20.

Robinson said he didn't have a missed assignment in the 20 plays he played Monday night against the Redskins. The same can't be said for the other three receivers who played. They struggled to get on the same page with quarterback Tony Romo on Monday night.

"We were playing some young receivers and dealing with some receiver injuries going into the game and also throughout the game," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. "I thought for the most part the receiver group played a pretty good ball game. They made some plays when they needed to, kept coming, battling and fighting, and ultimately we had a pretty good yardage production from our receiver group and in our passing game. But ultimately, we’ve got to get better in all areas. There were some young guys who made some mistakes. And that’s part of the deal. We just have to learn from them. We’re very process-oriented here, as you’ve heard me say before. So regardless of whether or not we win or lose a game, we’re going to go back and look at these games play by play and try to instruct our players as best we can and make them teaching opportunities, and there certainly were plenty of them on Monday night."

Romo, who completed 22 of 36 passes for 255 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Redskins, told reporters in Detroit he isn't worried about his young receivers.

"They’ll get it right," Romo said on the conference call Wednesday. "Obvoiusly, if you were watching the game, you could tell there were a couple of things we need to execute on better. That’s what practice this week is for. We’re going to make sure we get these guys going. They did a good job today. It’ll be good to go on Sunday."

The Cowboys have no plans to seek a veteran receiver on the free agent market.

-- Charean Williams


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