Player cuts are in and moves have been made in Dallas. The Cowboys and have made a few surprising and a few not so surprising moves.
The most notable move is the trade of Patrick Crayton to the San Diego Chargers. It is a bit strange that Dallas would send one of their most reliable veteran receivers away for a meager 7th round pick, that could escalate into a 6th if he plays well. Although Dallas drafted Crayton with a 7th round pick and they are essentially getting back what they put in for Crayton, his play and comfort zone with Tony Romo will be hard to replace. Many would also have considered Crayton the number 2 receiver to Miles Austin going into the season as opposed to either Roy Williams or Dez Bryant, even though he was slated as the 4th receiver on the depth chart, Crayton was often more reliable on the field last season than was Williams and Bryant has yet to play an NFL game. Crayton’s proven play on the field will be missed.
The issues with Crayton probably come down to his age, he’s 31, his grumblings about his contract, the drafting of Dez Bryant, the trade for Roy Williams, and his lack of real production. Crayton is getting up there in age and has never had a huge season by most standards. As well as he played, he has never topped more than 50 receptions or even eclipsed 700 yards in a season and he was upset that Roy Williams, who has done nothing, was getting paid. Even though he is right about Williams, Crayton failed to put up numbers that would warrant a larger contract and his grumblings over being demoted down the depth chart sealed the deal. Crayton appeared to be on his was out earlier this summer when he was demanding a trade and then things cooled over, but with the short camp that Dez Bryant had impressing coaches and the Cowboys looking to keep the youthful and inexpensive Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogletree, Crayton was the odd man out.
With the cuts made the Cowboys are looking to have Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant, Sam Hurd, and Kevin Ogletree for their receiving core. They seem to be wanting to bring a little youth and a lower salary to the team, but it’s debatable whether or not they can step up in big situations. The group does look strong, though, and has a lot of potential to shine this season. The 53 man roster cuts always leave questions for each team, but in the end the best players are usually kept. Life without Patrick Crayton starts for the Cowboys now and a good player will be missed but the team looks like it will be fine in the end.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.