McK. North's Radway trying to make Cowboys

SAN ANTONIO -- Back in April, Raymond Radway thought he had blown his chance in joining the Dallas Cowboys.

At the team’s “Dallas Day” workout at Cowboys Stadium, Radway, who graduated from McKinney North, did not do well. The nerves got the best of him and he dropped most of the passes that came his way.

The Cowboys signed Radway as an undrafted free agent anyway, but he did not receive a signing bonus.

“They gave me a second chance at camp and I came in and started catching everything,” Radway said. “I felt like I can’t miss out on this opportunity they’ve given me.”

Camp is only nine days old and year after year players surprise early but fade as the attention and expectations mount. But first impressions can matter.

“He’s done very well,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s a big kid, can run, catches the ball well. He’s picked up the information. He’s got a long way to go. He’s making mistakes, don’t get me wrong, but he’s done a good job in the early part of this camp and we’re excited to see him play more and more.”

He has made a handful of impressive and difficult catches of the twisting and turning variety. On special teams he earned a high five from coordinator Joe DeCamillis for his work on a scout team.

If Radway, who caught 32 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns at Abilene Christian last season, makes a serious run at the 53-man roster it will be because of his work on special teams.

The coaches, “say just keep up the good work and get in the playbook a little more,” Radway said. “The more I study, the more I know. If I go as hard as I can on special teams I’ll have a real good shot.”