Although the name recognition factor is high, don’t expect the Dallas Cowboys to turn to receiver Chad Johnson in efforts to fill their vacancy for a third receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
“We haven’t had any discussions about Chad Johnson,” coach Jason Garrett said at today’s news conference.
Instead, Garrett said he saw positive signs from most of the young receivers who took part in Monday’s 3-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders, starting with Andre Holmes (3 catches, 40 yards). Both figures were team highs.
“Andre did a nice job. He showed up on offense,” Garrett said. “He ran his routes well. He made a couple of … contested catches that were big in the game.”
Garrett also had praise for Tim Benford (1 catch, 9 yards), Dwayne Harris (1 catch, 13 yards), Cole Beasley (no catches) and veteran Kevin Ogletree (1 catch, 12 yards). Ogletree, said Garrett, typically won his routes although he made only one catch. Fifth-round pick Danny Coale is practicing and hoping to is expected to his pre-season debut soon.
So that group of receivers, not a veteran free agent like Johnson or Plaxico Burress, remain foremost in the minds of Cowboys’ coaches at this juncture of camp.
_ Jimmy Burch