OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys are not keeping their intentions at the wide receiver spot a secret as training camp begins.
They are looking for help.
They put a fourth-round bid in the supplemental draft on Baylor’s Josh Gordon two weeks ago, only to see him get picked by Cleveland in the second round. Last week they made a waiver claim on Dezmon Briscoe, a Cedar Hill grad, only to lose out to Washington in the process because the Redskins had a worse record in 2011.
“I think that’s more than anything youth,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We have Miles (Austin) and Dez (Bryant) we’re counting on, then we’ve got a lot of unknowns after that. We know that. We’ve got young guys we think a lot of … I think that’s a place we’ll watch hard. We’ll watch the guys we have here. As Jason (Garrett) mentioned, player acquisition is a year-round deal.”
Kevin Ogletree is the only receiver on the current 90-man roster with a catch in a regular-season game. The Cowboys liked what they saw from youngsters Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and Tim Benford in the offseason work but were unable to get a long look at fifth-round Danny Coale because of a stress fracture in his foot.
“Our goal is we’re going to feel better about the wide receiver corps after Miles and Dez when camp is over,” Jones said, “whether we do that with the guys on our roster or the way we did last year, picking up a guy like Laurent (Robinson) toward the end of camp. We feel like we can get that done.”