Countdown to Camp: Wide Receiver

Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn will lead the Cowboys' wide receivers into training camp, but a host of relatively new names will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in Oxnard.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn. Backups -- Quincy Morgan, Patrick Crayton, Terrance Copper, Zuriel Smith, Ahmad Merritt, Thomas Crowder.

What was once thought of as a concern for the 2005 Dallas Cowboys, may not be after all.

Dallas returns a host of players with experience at wide receiver, including veterans Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson, two players who still present match up problems when healthy.

Glenn has been given a clean bill of health after missing most of last season (12 games) with a foot injury, and Keyshawn Johnson is coming off a year that saw him catch 70 passes for 981 yards and six touchdowns.

The Cowboys also have Quincy Morgan, who has emerged from the offseason as viable third option despite a recent shoulder injury that has limited his ability to participate in workouts.

"They know what I can do now," Morgan told during mini-camp. "I think last year they felt comfortable with the guys they had since I came here halfway though the season.

"But now, they know about me and that's going to make a difference. I'm expecting to see some more balls this year and I think that's what they are trying to do."

Another player to keep an eye on is Tom Crowder, a converted defensive back who was moved over to offense to take advantage of his pure speed.

The former Arkansas star has impressed the Cowboys coaching staff this offseason with his dedication, speed, and good hands. Overall, he's been one of the biggest surprises of the entire roster this offseason.

"Tom Crowder spent the whole year learning how to catch the ball better," Parcells said after the Cowboys' rookie mini-camp. "He's got the speed -- now he's getting better catching the ball."

Patrick Crayton, Terrance Copper, and Ahmad Merritt will also be factors.

Crayton, a former seventh round draft pick, recorded 12 catches for 162 yards and one touchdown last season.

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