Dallas Cowboys: No Need To Worry About Number Two

Jun 14, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams (83) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams (83) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

With the Dallas Cowboys offseason starting to pick up, the question of who is the number two receiver is going to be is popping up. The easy answer is don’t worry about it.

In the last few weeks there have been a plethora of articles discussing the number two wide receiver position for the Dallas Cowboys. Everyone from Yahoo, Inside the Star, and The Dallas Morning News, have all asked questions about the wide receivers behind Dez Bryant. While the question seems to be a good one, it is one that doesn’t really need an answer.

First, the obvious answer, Terrance Williams who has been the number two for several seasons now looks to be in line to remain that way. Even if he doesn’t, he will surely make the team and be looked upon to make plays down the field.

While Williams had a terrible season last year when he was asked to be the number one receiver, Williams is a solid number two. As long as Bryant stays healthy, there is no reason to think Williams won’t be better this season.

Brice Butler, on the other hand, showed he has some skill at the wide receiver position. Even though the Cowboys had sub-par starting quarterbacks last season, Butler had moments that led many to believe he can be, and should be, the number two. So far Butler has shown that he deserves a look at the number two this offseason. More than likely he will battle Williams for the spot.

Cole Beasley is probably the only wide receiver, not named Bryant, who doesn’t have to worry about his job. As a slot receiver, Beasley has shown his worth over and over again. He is a nightmare for linebackers to match up with, even if they are bigger than him. Beasley has shown he can get open and get yardage in chunks. He will probably never be a number two receiver, but as a slot receiver, there are no worries.

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Lucky Whitehead and Devin Street will battle for the one of the few positions backing up the starters. There is enough competition behind them that one of them (most likely Street) could find themselves out of a job come game time. Even if they stay, one or two of the guys behind them could find their way onto a practice squad. If I were to bet on a surprise player I would watch Andy Jones to make some noise.

However, all of this doesn’t really matter. The Cowboys are loaded after drafting Ezekiel Elliot and bringing in Alfred Morris to add to Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. The Cowboys this season could rely on the running game more than anything, and to be honest, they should.

One of the missing things about this stable of running backs is all of them are really good in space and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Which, in turn, can make the running back a part of the passing game at any point in any game.

Adding this to All-World tight end Jason Witten, (hopefully) Rico Gathers, and James Hanna at the tight ends, and this offense has plenty of number two options. As long as Tony Romo can stay healthy and/or Kellen Moore can improve on the end of last season, there should be no worry about who will actually be named the number two receiver.

In the end the Cowboys should have one of, if not the most, potent offense if football. The Cowboys are a true pick your poison type of team. They can pound any team with the offensive line to run the ball. If a team wants to take away the run game by loading the box, there will be plenty of people who can catch a ball and make plays.

Granted it all starts with Romo, but with a full season under his belt Moore shouldn’t be too much of a worry. If anything he is already better than what the Cowboys rolled out last season.

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So sit back and relax as training camp is around the corner. Instead of asking who the number two receiver is going to be, start asking the better questions. Who isn’t going to be the number two receiver. Or, the better question, who is going to be able to stop this offense once it gets rolling. That is the real question.