Tight end Jason Witten said the Cowboys have players who can fill Laurent Robinson’s role from last year as the No. 3 receiver. But it won’t be easy to do what he did.
“What Laurent did doesn’t happen every year,” Witten said this week in Grapevine at the Cowboys annual golf tournament. “They don’t have to be Laurent. They need to be a good receiver for us, and that’s all we need. We’ve got a lot of weapons. They don’t need have to be more than that.”
Veterans Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris and drafted rookie Danny Coale will get their chances at the No. 3 spot behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
Additionally, the Cowboys signed undrafted rookies Donavan Kemp, Saalim Hakim, Cole Beasley and Tim Benford.
Witten said the winner of the job will have big responsibilities.
“They have to understand what the position entails, and it’s not just coming in on a third down and making a catch,” Witten said. “It’s a huge role, and if Miles or Dez goes down, you have to step in and fill that. I think we’ve got the right guys, and collectively, we’ll get it done.”
Overall, Witten likes the look of the offense – actually, the whole team – following the additions from the draft and free agency.
“Obviously, our roster definitely got better if you just look at it from top to bottom,” he said.
Wittensaid he likes the speed of drafted tight end James Hanna, and he likes the work ethic the Cowboys are showing in the offseason.
“I’m excited about the additions we made, but more importantly, I’m just excited about the way guys are approaching it and putting that work in and not only talking it, but working,” he said. “Right type of guys. High character. Old, young, everything in between. It feels good to go into battle with those types of guys.
“We’re going to have adversity. We know that. But hopefully, we’ll come out and do something special.”
-- Carlos Mendez