Cowboys News and Notes: 5/14/10 (Martellus Bennett, Patrick Crayton, Keith Brooking)
The Cowboys averaged an impressive 5.5 yards-per-carry out of two tight end sets. They also tallied 43% of their total yards with two tight ends on the field. This success comes despite the team’s decreased efficiency when running plays out of “Double Tight Right Strong Right.”
- Exactly which tight ends the Cowboys employ in two tight end sets could be determined by the rate of maturation of Martellus Bennett.
We fully expect Bennett to win the #2 tight end spot. Still, with the addition of Dez Bryant and the likelihood of an increased workload for Felix Jones, Bennett’s opportunities figure to be limited.
We previously wrote about Bennett’s uncertain future in Dallas.
We disagree. Barring injury, expect the Cowboys to retain six wide receivers. We see Sam Hurd’s departure from Dallas as more likely due to Crayton’s experience in the slot.
More on the Williams vs. Bryant battle
- David Buehler has been working with Chris Boniol on his field goal kicking.
If Buehler wins the job, the roster spot Dallas would save could go a long way in adding depth to another position. Right now, we would put the odds of that happening at about 50/50.
- ILB Keith Brooking had knee surgery, but he should be ready for training camp.
Assuming Brooking is able to return healthy, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys, as youngsters Jason Williams and Sean Lee will acquire more reps with the first team.
We actually expect Williams to win the nickel linebacker job. We view Lee as the eventual successor to Brooking, however.