The Cowboys need a No. 3 receiver.
Or No. 3 receivers.
The Cowboys have to hope somebody takes over in the shoes of the departed Laurent Robinson. It'll have to be somebody out of a group that includes Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and draft pick Danny Coale, plus undrafted free agents like Cole Beasley, Tim Benford, Donavon Kemp and Saalim Haikim.
“We’re hopeful that somebody emerges and steps up and kind of claims that job, and if not, then it’ll be by committee,” receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said Saturday after a practice at the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp at Valley Ranch. “Time will tell.”
The Cowboys won’t judge their No. 3 by the 54 catches and 11 touchdowns the veteran Robinson gave them last season.
“I don’t think you really look at it in terms of a number of catches,” Jimmy Robinson said. “You just look at a guy who’s consistent and productive when he gets opportunities, because you don’t know where the ball is going to go. You can’t predict how many catches anybody’s going to have, because the defense kind of dictates, a lot of times, where the ball is going to be thrown.”
Of Ogletree, entering his fourth year with the Cowboys after making the team as an undrafted free agent, Robinson said, “I’m hopeful that he can. Again, that’s an unknown at this point, but he’s had a good off-season. All I can say is so far, he’s worked extremely hard. He’s gotten stronger. He’s gotten bigger. So again, time will tell.”
Of Coale, the fifth-round pick, Robinson said, “Part of the reason he was drafted is because he was versatile. He’s played outside. He’s played inside. It’s kind of up to him. He’s got to step up and grab that when his opportunities come.”
-- Carlos Mendez