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December 29, 2011

Cowboys can't count on big pass plays again vs. Giants, receivers coach says

The Cowboys made five big plays in the passing game three weeks ago against the Giants. But receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said they can’t count on it happening again. The biggest plays, a 50-yard touchdown catch by Dez Bryant, and a 70-yard catch by Laurent Robinson, happened without any kind of plan.

“One of them was probably a lapse in coverage – the one to Dez. The one to Laurent was really just kind of an extended play where he’s done a great job all year long, where he just keeps running, Tony kept moving in the pocket and saw him,” Robinson said Thursday at Valley Ranch, where he met with reporters to talk about Sunday night’s rematch against the Giants. “Those were player-created and defense-created, maybe, on one of them.”

But the Cowboys can count on pressure on Romo again, forcing more movement in the pocket from him. The Cowboys receivers already know to keep looking for the ball.

“Like I tell these guys, the play’s not over just because you don’t get the ball thrown to you on time,” Robinson said. “Tony at times is going to have to move around. We’re going to have to continue to run and get open as he does that. Hopefully good things will happen.”

But it’s not something the Cowboys can practice a lot. Practice is for perfecting timing between the quarterback and the receivers. Scrambles happen unpredictably.

“I just think it’s kind of an instinctive thing for Tony,” Robinson said. “I think the guys are starting to get a little bit used to the way he operates. We’d love to drop back and throw it on time. That’s not going to happen all the time.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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