Is former WSU wideout Vince Mayle poised for an NFL rebound?

THE OPPORTUNITY in the Big D appears to be there for the taking this season for former Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle.

Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are the undisputed top dogs of the Cowboys’ receiving corps, but after them the competition is wide open.

As WFAA-TV in Dallas noted earlier this year, the Cowboys “stashed” Mayle on their practice squad in 2015 “with the hopes that he would develop and challenge” in 2016.

Being "stashed" was not where Mayle expected to be after his 106-catch senior campaign at WSU morphed into a fourth-round selection by Cleveland in last year’s draft.

A broken thumb sustained in the Senior Bowl hampered his preparations in the lead up to August camp, and a drop-filled preseason performance landed the 6-2, 224-pounder on the Browns’ final cut list before the regular season.

He was picked up by the Cowboys and spent all but two games of 2015 on the practice squad.

"They gave me a chance. They believed in me from the moment I got here,” Mayle told the Dallas Morning News at the end of last season.

"In Cleveland it was a little rough but when I got here, they were putting me in situations … that they know I'm successful at and easing me into the stuff I need to get better at … ”

And he’s wasting no time getting back at it in 2016. When the Cowboys convened their rookie mini-camp a week ago, Mayle was suited up right alongside the youngsters.

ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD OF NFL COUGS, The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville recently opined that the Titans may be ready to part with defensive end Ropati Pitoitua given that he played in only five games last season and is  scheduled to make a base salary of $3 million in 2016.

Meanwhile, in the Windy City, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune says he's expecting a big season from Bears wideout Marquess Wilson (pictured below). Wilson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and poised for a productive campaign "with an eye toward setting up his future," Biggs says.

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