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Ryan Fitzpatrick
October 11, 2018 10:58PM
Allen Hurns isn’t sure when Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , or even if, more specific roles will be settled for Dallas Cowboys receivers in the first season without Dez Bryant.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said it’s more ”when” than ”if.”

”Right now, you guys have probably noticed, we’re moving guys around a lot,” Linehan said about a week into training camp in California. ”That’s a positive, especially early and now. But the thing that’s gotta be improved upon is OK, when it gets down to crunch time, this is the guy, he’s a go-to player in this route or this play.”

”We’re making strides. But we’ve got to make strides here quickly,” he said.

The Cowboys don’t have a so-called No. 1 receiver after dumping Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown receptions, in a cost-cutting move during the offseason. Cole Beasley, with 53 fewer career TDs (20), is the Dallas dean in a mix of holdovers, newcomers and rookies that lacks anyone even close to the pedigree of Bryant.

Before skipping a couple of practices with a mild leg issue, the 6-foot-1 Hurns was with the diminutive pair of fellow newcomer Tavon Austin and Beasley in three-receiver sets with the first team. Austin and Beasley, both listed at 5-8, are on the field a lot together.

”I’d rather see it as two fast, quick guys,” receivers coach Sanjay Lal said when asked about two small guys on the field at the same time. ”Yes, an advantage I think.”

Hurns spent most of his four seasons with Jacksonville as an inside receiver but said his best year – the only 1 Gustav Forsling Jersey ,000-yard season among the dozen receivers the Cowboys brought to camp – came when he spent more time outside.

Austin, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams after five disappointing seasons as the eighth overall pick in 2013, had at least as many carries as catches three times in those five years. So there’s little question he will move around in formations. But he probably won’t be the only one moving around.

”The main thing for us, everybody needs to know all three positions and get comfortable at what you’ve got to do,” Hurns said. ”Right now, no one has like a set position where you’re just inside or just outside.”

And Beasley tends to think it doesn’t matter.

”You’re still getting open and catching balls,” he said. ”It’s about production, whether it’s from the inside or outside. Wes Welker led the league in receiving as a slot receiver. We’ve got tons of guys who can do both. If you’re a receiver, you’re playing all of them.”

Michael Gallup, the first receiver drafted by Dallas post-Bryant as a third-rounder, is the rookie most likely to get significant playing time. Sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson is probably out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained on the first day in pads at camp.

The receiver best built for the outside is the easiest one to forget: 6-2, 210-pound Terrance Williams, Dallas’ third-round choice five years ago. After breaking his foot in January, the former Dallas high school player was arrested for public intoxication in May coming off the first season of his career without a touchdown.

Having recently settled all the claims with police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where the Cowboys have their headquarters, Williams is quietly trying to work his way into the rotation. Williams, who isn’t talking to reporters during camp, has been getting first-team work after starting out with the second group at camp.

”He’s worked really hard to come back from the injury,” coach Jason Garrett said. ”He has been limited the whole time. We anticipated that. Hasn’t hit any roadblocks where he’s going backward.”

Williams isn’t alone in switching spots on the depth chart. The Cowboys have been doing that since the start of the offseason. And it’s not out of the question that it could continue into the regular season.

”That’s the one thing I like about the whole situation,” Austin said. ”I don’t care who the one, two or three receiver is. The more people we’ve got Tyler Kroft Jersey , the faster we are.”

With the retirement of 15-year tight end Jason Witten, the Cowboys don’t have a pass-catcher in his 30s. The oldest – by two months over Beasley – is another newcomer in journeyman Deonte Thompson. From Linehan’s point of view, it’s a young group.

”Every day we’re learning something about our guys,” Linehan said. ”Finding the balance is out here and the proof’s in what you’re able to do and how you’re able to perform when you’ve got a matchup and you’ve got to win that matchup. We’re finding who those guys are right now.”

Jameis Winston is still the “starting quarterback” for the Buccaneers, but they know he’s going to miss the first three games of the regular season because of his suspension.

So when he took the field Thursday night against the Dolphins, he was out there with a bunch of second- and third-stringers. He played well, completing 11-of-13 passes for 102 yards.

“I was happy to play football,” Winston said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Like I said, it was a privilege. I’ve been working with everybody this training camp so that prepared me.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick started the game, as he will the first three of the regular season, and third quarterback Ryan Griffin finished the game with a late drive which led to a game-winning field goal.

The three of them combined to go 37-of-47 for 336 yards and a touchdown, with a 103.5 passer rating in the first game with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken calling the plays.

“Start with that,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “I mean, Ryan Griffin I thought was outstanding. Twenty out of 26 and playing with the third group primarily. I thought Ryan did a really good job. But I also thought Fitz and Jameis did fine. They took us right down and scored, both guys. From a quarterback standpoint, I don’t think we missed too many. We didn’t turn it over at quarterback, so pleased with all three of those guys.”

Fitzpatrick completed his first six passes of the night, the kind of early sharpness he’ll need to carry into the regular season for the Bucs to survive.
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