With only a month to go until the NFL Draft, it seems like a good time to review the roster and assess the WR situation. Miles Austin’s departure leaves the Cowboys in an interesting position heading into the 2014.
Today we continue daily profiles of the Dallas Cowboys’ WR unit. In the end we hope to answer the following questions:
Do the Cowboys need to bring in a reliable veteran to fill Miles Austin’s shoes? Is Terrance Williams able to fill Austin’s shoes as the #2 WR? If Dez Bryant is lost to injury will the Cowboys be able to survive? Who on the current roster is most likely to breakout in 2014?
Look for those answers next week. We will start at the top of the depth chart and move down as the week progresses. Today we take a look at Lance Lewis
NFL Seasons: 1
2013 Receiving Statistics: none
Lance Lewis is a moderately sized receiver from East Carolina. Listed on the Dallas Cowboys website at 6’2”, Lewis measured in at 6’1” only one year earlier. Either he’s suffering from a late onset pituitary disorder or the Cowboys are exaggerating his size. Regardless of exact height, Lewis plays bigger than most.
The former Redskin can get physical with DB’s and will fight for positioning effectively. He’s a poor run-blocker (which is something the Cowboys take very seriously) so he will need to improve that if he wants to make the roster. With 4.58 40 speed he struggles to break free and get deep. In college, he was thought of as a possession receiver and the pros will be no different.
Lance has great hands and is usually reliable in high-pressure situations. The Cowboys are very thin on the roster with possession receivers so Lewis does have a chance to make the team if his run-blocking and special teams play develops.
2014 Projection: Much like Tim Benford, Lewis is likely Training Camp casualty. He doesn’t have huge potential and the Cowboys aren’t afraid to go thin at WR in 2014 if no one steps up.
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