When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones chatted with reporters this week about the Blue-White scrimmage, he talked about the players that stood out to him.
He mentioned Jermy Parnell, Bruce Carter, one or two others.
And Tim Benford.
Tim Benford, a 6-foot undrafted rookie receiver out of Tennessee Tech. He was the conference player of the year there as a senior after catching 65 passes for 923 yards.
He smiled when he was told Jones said his name.
“I guess it’s coming from the big man upstairs, so I just got to keep being consistent – come out here and work every day,” he said. “Everybody wants to make the team. Everybody wants to play for the Cowboys, especially me.”
Benford caught two touchdown passes in the scrimmage on Sunday, and he is gaining attention for being the steadiest of the young receivers in camp, a cast that includes veterans Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris and rookies Cole Beasley, Donavan Kemp, Salim Hakim and Danny Coale.
“It was OK, but I can get better,” Benford said of his scrimmage performance. “Try to come out here and work on some things. Being a little more consistent so I don’t have to press and everything. I felt like it was OK, but there’s still more improvement to come.”
Of the touchdown catches, Benford said, “I don’t think I was the first option, but I just tried to get open, make a look for the quarterback going through his progression. If he found me, I just made it happen.”
Benford said Tennessee Tech’s diverse offense helped him learn NFL-type routes.
“We were a multiple offense. We went to the pro, we stayed in the spread,” he said. “It depended on what the other team gave us. I’m used to it a little bit. I’m adjusting to the NFL level, how fast it works. Everybody’s good, so I’m just ingesting. I’m just coming to compete, fighting for a job.”
-- Carlos Mendez