Cowboys 1-on-1 With Devin Street At OTAs
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Dez Bryant’s absence from OTA’s has been well-documented. Dez has admirably made appearances at Valley Ranch - even suiting up and participating in drills at times - but he’s still not back on a full-time basis. As Bryant’s agents and the Dallas Cowboys continue trying to reach a new deal, other wide receivers will get more opportunities on the practice field. One of those players is second-year wideout Devin Street.
Street, 24, is a player that might not be high on the radar of most fans, but some of the coaches are extremely high on him. Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com has even suggested that Devin Street has a real shot at pushing Terrance Williams for more playing time in 2015. Street -- who caught just two passes for 18 yards last year as a fifth-round rookie -- is fully aware of the opportunities in front of him and is prepared to make the most of them.
“With the absence of Dez, I’m definitely getting more reps with the first team,” Street told CowboysHQ in a 1-on-1 interview. “I’m going up against the first-team defense too. Last year I only went up against (Brandon) Carr and (Orlando) Scandrick every now and then. This year I’m going against them on almost every rep. I’ve been getting some great work and it’s only making me better.”
The young wideout from Pitt has already started to turn some heads this offseason. During the practice that was open to the media in the first week of OTA’s, Street made the play of the day when he made a diving catch on a deep ball thrown by Tony Romo. If Street is going to steal some snaps from Williams, he’ll need to continue making plays like this and earning the trust of his quarterback. That’s not something he was able to do much of last offseason with Romo recovering from back surgery. Now that he’s able to work with the starting quarterback a bit more, Street is already noticing a difference.
“It makes a lot of difference to have Tony out there,” Street said. “He’s the general, the commander. He makes everything go. He’s a guy that’s been doing it forever and nothing beats experience. It’s a huge benefit for me to get reps with him and learn from him. We all feed off of him. He’s one of greatest quarterbacks in the NFL. Seeing him and Witten going as hard as they do during OTA’s, it’s quite a sight to see. Everyone follows their lead.”
Now, even if Street doesn’t steal snaps from Williams, there is still a spot for him on this team. Dwayne Harris joined the Giants in free agency, leaving a vacancy at the position. Whether he’s playing as the second, third or fourth wide receiver, Street says he’s prepared to show what he’s got.
“I’m ready,” said Street. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work. I’ve been in the weight room getting stronger, getting faster, jumping higher. I think I could bring another dimension to the offense. I can be another weapon that teams have to worry about. With guys like Dez, Witten and Beasley getting doubled up, I can win those 1-on-1 match-ups and be a reliable target for Tony.”
Street could potentially help solidify the Cowboys wide receiver corps and provide the team with a speedy, deep threat. His 6-4 height is also intriguing; imagining other teams having to cover Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten and Devin Street probably puts a smile on Romo's face. Street definitely has a lot of qualities that give fans reasons to get excited, but there are several other talented, young receivers who are fighting for a spot as well. However, Street says he’s not concerned. He’s just here to do his job.
“My job is to dominate,” Street said. “I’m not worried about the guys that they brought in this year or the guys that have been here. They’re all my teammates and I try to help them as much as I can, but at the end of the day, I am trying to go out there to execute and dominate on every single play.”
While the coaches and people close to the team might have high expectations for Devin, he says it’s way too early to know what will happen. However, Street believes that something special could be in store if he’s given chances - which he should get plenty of throughout the offseason.
“If I get that opportunity to shine, the fans will see a guy that works hard, a guy that will be consistent, a guy that will do the right things, a good route runner, good hands. ... I’m a guy that will put in the work, make sacrifices and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
Be sure to stay tuned to 105.3 The Fan for all your radio insights, with Fish scheduled to report from the OTA sidelines at 11:30 a.m.
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