Fifth-round pick Danny Coale, a receiver from Virginia Tech, said he understands the idea of keeping a play alive for receivers who play with Tony Romo.
“I played with a couple of quarterbacks at Virginia Tech that had the same ability to extend plays,” Coale said. “I know the importance of keeping the route open until the whistle is blown. Keep working and get open. That’s something I like about his game.”
Coale said if the Cowboys were on TV, he watched to watch Romo.
“I’ve always liked his style of play,” Coale said. “I always love to watch him. I didn’t grow up a Dallas fan, but whenever Dallas is playing, I keep it on that channel. He does a lot of exciting things. I’m really thrilled to have the opportunity to catch from him.”
Coale has another skill. He can punt.
He averaged 43.5 yards on 13 punts, including a 61-yarder, as a senior.
“Our punter graduated, and there was an opportunity and an opening,” he said. “I did it in high school, and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. When the job came open, I jumped on it, and I did well enough to kind of stsay in the mix until I got the call to do it in about the ningh game of the season. That was great. That’s something I’d like to continue to do if need be.”
Coale said the Cowboys were one of the few teams to interview him at the combine. He said the Cowboys told him there is a chance for someone to win a job as a No. 4 receiver, so he knew the Cowboys might be a good place to look for a free agent contract in case he wasn’t drafted.
“When they were ready to pick, I thought in my mind, I hope this one comes my way,” he said.
Coale said he has a good idea about what is required of a slot receiver in the NFL.
“You match up with different players, sometimes outside linebackers, sometimes safeties or a corner,” he said. “You need to read the field differently. You need to read the coverage differently. You need to work the middle, the middle zone. There are just a lot of important things, I think, a slot can do and help outside guys get open. At the same time, those outside guys can help the inside guys get open.”
-- Carlos Mendez