IRVING, Texas – After the free agency departure of Laurent Robinson, the No. 3 receiver ranks as one of the bigger questions marks on the Cowboys’ roster.
Just not in Jerry Jones’ mind. He has praised Andre Holmes, a speedy, 6-foot-5 undrafted receiver who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He is intrigued by Raymond Radway, an undrafted former track star out of Abilene Christian who had earned a spot on the 53-man roster before suffering a season-ending broken leg in the preseason finale. And there is still some hope around Valley Ranch for Kevin Ogletree, who lost the third receiver role to Robinson last season and returned to the Cowboys on a one-year, make-good contract.
But Jones acknowledged that the Cowboys could target a receiver in the third day of the draft, as long as the prospect has the potential to be an impact special teams player.
“I’m more interested if they have return ability and can do some things for us on special teams,” Jones said. “We’ve got to look at fourth receiver, if you will. I like the guys we’ve got here, but we would like to see -- and more than likely will see -- somebody there who has some special teams aspect to them if we go receiver.”
There just happens to be a receiver from Jones’ alma mater who fits the bill: Arkansas’ Joe Adams, ranked by Scouts Inc. as the No. 9 receiver and No. 78 overall in the draft. Jones just smiled when Adams was mentioned.
Adams was one of college football’s most dynamic punt returners the last two seasons, averaging 16.3 yards and scoring on five of 35 attempts. Jones has repeatedly expressed his reluctance to use Dez Bryant as a punt returner, and the addition of Adams would make that an easy decision.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Adams was also effective as a slot receiver at Arkansas, catching 164 passes for 2,410 yards and 17 touchdowns during his college career.