3 Unheralded Cowboys Who Will Shine in Training Camp

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Dec 31, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Chris Boyd (80) catches a pass for a touchdown against North Carolina State Wolfpack safety Dontae Johnson (25) during the first half of the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

I must begin with a slight disclaimer.

I’m not saying that these guys will all make the active roster but I am saying that the Dallas Cowboys will have to think twice about releasing them.  They are all young and unheralded players starving for an opportunity and this years training camp will give them that.  Every guy I mention will have an uphill battle to make the team but each possesses standout qualities that will afford them a fighting chance.

WR Chris Boyd

The 22 year old 2014 undrafted Vanderbilt product is 6’4″ and over 200 lbs.  He did not play college football last season and was dismissed from the team because of off-field troubles.  In 2012 as a redshirt sophomore he caught 50 balls for 774 yards on a very talented Commodore receiving squad lead by Jordan Matthews.

Noted draft expert Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com had this to say about Boyd:

Controls his body and uses size to his advantage.  Good hands–extends to catch off his body.  Adjusts to throws.  Good potential as a blocker–can engage and stalk.  Good work ethic.

Boyd has weaknesses for sure but he also possesses tremendous gifts and has displayed a willingness to work hard to harness them.  He has the potential to be an immediate red zone threat and a solid NFL blocker as a 4th or 5th receiver.

Are his off-field troubles behind him?  Can he shake off the rust fast enough to make the team?  Will he contribute on special teams enough to assure him a spot?  Who could he unseat among the wide receivers for Dallas?  Stay tuned!

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