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Power Rankings: Boyd Moves Up The List In WR Update
OXNARD, Calif. – One of the most common questions we hear at training camp usually starts with the sentence “what are you seeing out of …”
And then you just fill in the blank. So after one and a half weeks of training camp here in sunny California, the Cowboys have yet to do an official depth chart. So the writers of DallasCowboys.com will unveil its position rankings each day.
And this isn’t an exact list of the top performers out here in camp, but how they stack up on a would-be depth chart – at least in the eyes of the staff writers.
The writers looked once at the receivers, but with more time passed, the staff looks back at the position and makes a new depth chart for the group.
Dez Bryant (40)
Terrance Williams (36)
Cole Beasley (32)
Dwayne Harris (28)
Devin Street (24)
Chris Boyd (19)
LaRon Byrd (15)
Jamar Newsome (13)
Dezmon Briscoe (8)
Tim Benford (5)
David Helman:I tend to forget about Harris as a receiver, as he got so few looks last year and he excels so much in special teams. It’s been hard to ignore how well he has practiced the past few days, however, showing that he’s plenty capable of being the third or fourth receiver in this offense. Chris Boyd continues to stand out with acrobatic catches and toughness in his routes. I feel like Dezmon Briscoe has had a decent camp to this point, so it will be
interesting to see how he bounces back from the injury he sustained during the Blue-White scrimmage.
Bryan Broaddus: There has been no change in my mind when it comes to the top two players but Harris is much closer to Beasley than most people believe. It is not that Beasley has played poorly it’s just that Harris has raised his game to that level. Street continues to be making nice strides in the development of his game. Byrd continues to be consistent and special teams work is an advantage. The one player that has shown up in the last two practices has been Chris Boyd. After a year off he is starting to regain some form that he had showed from his days at Vanderbilt which is nice to see.
Rowan Kavner: I moved Chris Boyd up in this one, considering he seems to make a flashy one-handed or fully extended catch once every day or two. Dwayne Harris is making the team regardless, so whether he’s fourth or fifth on this list probably doesn’t matter, but he’s made a couple nice plays as a receiver the last couple days and deserved at least the fourth spot in my mind. I think he could be a viable third receiver, but his usefulness on special teams and the other options in that positions likely mean fewer reps in that spot for him.
Nick Eatman: The biggest change for me was Chris Boyd jumping up the list a few spots. The rookie from Vanderbilt is going to be tough to cut because he’s got great size and he makes plays. Street might have closed the gap somewhat on Harris but he had a great practice Monday and I’ll keep him at my fourth spot. Newsome dropped a few slots in my book but that can always change with a great game against the Chargers.