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Devin Street Focused On Gaining Trust Of Others
OXNARD, Calif. – It says something about Devin Street’s personality when he ends Sunday’s scrimmage thinking more about one missed opportunity than his multiple touchdown grabs.
Street caught two touchdown grabs in 7-on-7 drills, including one in the back of the end zone, and took a bubble screen at least 20 yards for a touchdown during the scrimmage. But he didn’t mention those after practice.
“I’ve gotten great reviews from coaches, players, everything like that, but in my mind, I’m my toughest critic,” Street said. “I made a lot of plays out here today, but I missed one, so it wasn’t a good practice for me.”
That one was a slant that didn’t go as he planned.
“That play is going to eat me up,” Street said. “I just have to position my hands better, but like I said, you have to be like water off a duck’s back, just let it slide off your back and get better after practice.”
Street said that as calmly and smoothly as he’s looked on the field. He’s been solid throughout camp, and that was evident again in Sunday’s practice. Street credited that to spending most of last night in his playbook.
The intensity was as high as it’s ever been in camp, with fans pouring in for the scrimmage. It got even more intense during Dez Bryant and J.J. Wilcox’s fight, which Street said the players feed off of. That’s when Street said players have to step up, even if he tends to tune out everything around him.
“This is miniscule compared to what a game’s going to be like, but it definitely prepares you,” Street said. “You hear fans out here getting after everybody. You drop a ball, ‘Get him out of here,’ but it’s good. I was prepared at a young, early age. My father did a great job preparing me when pressure comes on, you have to rise. You have to rise to the challenge. That’s the biggest thing out here.”
Everything the Cowboys liked about Street from his college tape has been on display at training camp. He’s tall, and while he may not be a 4.3 40-yard dash blazing receiver, he’s got deceptive speed and runs smooth routes, allowing him to get open regularly.
On his bubble screen touchdown, a perfect block from Dwayne Harris sprung him loose, but it was his speed that got him past the next line of defenders.
“He made some good plays today,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “Devin’s a mature guy. That’s one of the things that’s easy to see when you watched him work out, when you saw him at the combine, when you saw his college tape. And really throughout the minicamps in the spring and throughout training camp he’s shown that. He’s a really aware guy. He’s mature as a route runner.”
Street’s mission is camp is being accountable. That attitude makes sense for a fifth-round pick hoping to gain the trust of the offensive players and coaches. He said he knows they have to trust him if he’s going to get in the game, and it sounds like he’s already building that with Bryant.
“He’s an animal,” Bryant said. “That’s all about us having high standards for one another…We hold each other accountable and to a super high standard. Like I said, we want to be great. For all of us and especially the wide receivers, in our room, we talk about we want to make it hard for these coaches when it’s time to make a decision.”