Route runners are cool and all, but we got some serious speed!
Oh how the offenses have changed so drastically. In the Romo era, big bodied receivers with a big catch radius. Now the team focuses on relatively smaller route runners who can create throwing windows. The team was starting to figure this out last season with the addition of Michael Gallup, Cedric Wilson. and eventually Amari Cooper.
This off-season more of the same could be said. The loss of Cole Beasley was massive in the department of route running but the addition of Randall Cobb should minimize the loss of the long time Cowboy. After the draft, they added Jon’Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton. Both of these guys used their route running abilities to gain separation at the college level with tremendous success. (The production is more impressive considering these guys played with some legitimate talent at their colleges)
Some other off-season additions include Devin Smith and Reggie Davis. In all, this team follows the ongoing trend of skilled route runners. However, that’s not all. This team has added some serious speed at the position.
Johnson, Guyton, Davis, and Tavon Austin are all speed demons. The addition of Tony Pollard in the receiving game is another tool the Cowboys have the ability to use. In all, the speed of this receiving core is something we haven’t seen for a while, if ever.
What does this mean? Not only will the deep passing game be a force, but also the short passing game. The ability for these receivers to get open in the short area will be instrumental for the applications of RPOs and other short passes.
This takes us back to the Sanjay Lal quote stressing the importance of the deep passing game. Dak has proven he needs a certain type of receiver to maximize his efficiency. Not only is this Cowboys team currently built to maximize what the offense was intended do, but also it should maximize, or benefit, Dak’s play.
If the offense lives up to the noise we could have a lot of fun this season. Unfortunately, the media and fans have no idea what to expect as there is no precedent as to what Kellen Moore has done as an offensive coordinator. All we can hope for is that the team does play like how they’ve advertised this offense this season.