Making Sense of Cowboys’ Third Receiver Situation
Over at NBC, I took a look at the Cowboys’ third receiver battle. I’ve talked about the position in the past, claiming that the ‘Boys really don’t need to be looking for a prototypical slot receiver. They really already have their slot man in Miles Austin:
Austin is almost always in the slot in three-receiver sets. Last year, 44 percent of all of his snaps came in the slot, and an astounding 62.5 percent of his targets came when he lined up there. And Austin has thrived in the slot in the past few seasons. On passes that traveled under 10 yards, Cowboys’ quarterbacks have generated a 127.9 passer rating when throwing to Austin (compared to 94.8 for Dez Bryant).
Head over to NBC for the full post.
For the Cowboys, I think the No. 3 receiver should be two things: 1) capable of playing outside in three-receiver sets, and 2) the third-best receiver on the team. There’s no reason to give snaps to a mediocre player simply because he can play in a certain spot, and Jason Garrett knows that. It’s a major reason I’m giving Andre Holmes a great shot to win the job.