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By Jonathan Bales

Do Cowboys Have Use For Dexter McCluster?

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We hear it all the time when discussing Ole Miss athlete Dexter McCluster.

“He’s too slow.”

“He’s too small.”

“The Cowboys already have three running backs.”

The first two complaints are legitimate concerns which NFL teams will have to factor into their grade for McCluster (although he proved his speed at his Pro Day and football is quickly becoming a ‘small man’s game’).

Raiders returner Gary Russell's got a belly only a mother could love.

However, the last criticism (and that which we hear most often from fans) is unjustified. Yes, McCluster can play running back and Dallas is loaded at the position.

Contrary to popular opinion, we don’t think the Cowboys should trade or release any of their backs. So how would there possibly be room for McCluster? Because any return man as potentially devastating to the opposition as McCluster can and should make the roster regardless of their position.

Would you like your return man to play a position where he can have a huge impact? Sure. Last time we checked, though, there aren’t too many left tackles returning kickoffs (now wait…does Raiders returner Gary Russell count?).

Further, McCluster can have a huge impact at positions other than running back. Remember, he is a tremendous slot receiver with the potential to take the ball to the house every time he touches it. The NFL is evolving in such a way that these smaller, quicker players are becoming in vogue. McCluster is nearly the same weight of DeSean Jackson when he was drafted.

In a way, McCluster’s offensive prowess is a bonus for the Cowboys. The team was so unsatisfied with Patrick Crayton’s return ability last year that they signed return specialist Allen Rossum at one point. Rossum of course got injured on his first touch, but the point is that any player who figures to contribute on offense or defense will instantly be providing more than Dallas had planned for Rossum.

Who would you rather have on your team: an aging return specialist or a dynamic athlete will sensational return ability who can play the slot, run specialty plays (Wildcat, end-arounds), and even handle a few carries a game?

We agree.

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3 Responses to Do Cowboys Have Use For Dexter McCluster?

  1. john coleman says:

    I love you guys, but I still don’t see it. If he had great speed, ok. I agree he looks good on the field. However, he has not been on a NFL field yet. I’m rooting for him, but he will be playing against 11 pros, not 1 or 2. Players like him make this a tough draft. Success of players like him will determine the depth as well. He is like my boy Campbell, boom or bust.

  2. jongb35 says:

    Hey, no problem in disagreeing. There are lot of mixed reviews on him and he seems like the ultimate boom or bust. Are the Cowboys in a position to draft those sort of players? That’s a tough question.

    I definitely see his speed translating though. It isn’t great track speed, but I have never seen him get caught from behind. There’s also something about his game and the way he moves that just makes him look like a football player. Also a smart individual and a hard worker, which is extremely important to us. The kid loves football more than anything.

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