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Cowboys Mailbag: September 28, 2011

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ADAM VEENHUIS HOBOKEN, NJ :Considering the issues the young receivers, namely Kevin Ogletree, have had, why is there no real thought to reaching out to a veteran receiver?

Rob:I keep hearing this argument, and the fact is that they already have signed a veteran receiver. Laurent Robinson is a five-year vet with 20 career starts, and he made a couple of big plays despite little experience in the system. Maybe his role increases as the year goes on, but they're not going to give up on Kevin Ogletree. For fans who want to play young players, you're going to get young mistakes. And if you think it makes sense to sign Randy Moss with Dez Bryant healthy enough to play and Miles Austin coming back relatively soon, you're kidding yourself.

Josh:What is Laurent Robinson? I know he's not as big a name as the ones you're really asking about, Randy Moss and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but I would honestly rather have Robinson at this point. Those other two guys are done. When Miles Austin and Dez Bryant get healthy, hopefully this question goes away. The third wide receiver will be no more than the fourth or fifth option in the passing game. Laurent Robinson is fine for that. As for Ogletree, yeah, pretty disappointing that he seemed so lost Monday. He would be better with fewer responsibilities, but I think he shortened his own leash against the Redskins.

RICHARD PACHECO LAS CRUCES, NM :Given Martellus Bennett's lack of production and effort, is it time to part ways?

Rob:No. Bennett's a free agent at the end of the year, so maybe the time will come then. I don't think he lacks effort, despite the label he's been given for years. He's been an asset as a blocker, and yes, you'd like to have more receiving production from a second-round pick, but some of that is due to opportunity. I think he did a pretty nice job of capitalizing on the few chances he had last year. This year, he just needs to be consistent to keep Tony Romo throwing his way.

Josh: I don't think it's a lack of effort. He's their best blocker at tight end, and that takes some desire. Maybe it's as simple as Bennett just not being as talented a pass-catcher as the Cowboys and everyone else had hoped. He gets so few chances, there's more pressure on him to make the most of every one of them, which he hasn't. He'll more than likely be gone after this year.

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