Battling it Out: Bryant vs. Swinton

One of the more highly contested battles taking place in training camp right now is at wide receiver. Simply put, Reggie Swinton has quietly started to make a serious case to overtake rookie Antonio Bryant. Is it possible? Could Swinton emerge as one of the Cowboys top receivers?

Wide Receiver
Antonio Bryant vs. Reggie Swinton
Before you go ahead and pencil in rookie Antonio Bryant as the #3 receiver behind Joey Galloway and Rocket Ismail, you may want to wait a couple of weeks. There are a whole range of guys ready to step up, and the two that most experts are focusing on are Reggie Swinton and Ken-Yon Rambo.

Since Antonio Bryant has been relatively unspectacular through the first week of camp, the floodgates have opened to allow some serious competition between about six guys. "I think it's going to be a battle for the third, fourth and fifth spot," Dave Campo said. "Nobody has anything locked up yet, but we've got a whole bunch of guys who are right there."

Without question, Swinton has stood out the most through the first week in San Antonio. While Bryant has been the focus of the fans and the media, the former Arena League star has quietly put together an excellent start his 2002 season.

Swinton made several spectacular catches this week, but most importantly- he didn't drop anything. If Quincy Carter was a bit off target, it didn't matter. Swinton would make the adjustment in mid-air if it meant he could bring in a reception. We saw this on Monday, Wednesday, and again in the scrimmage Friday evening against the Texans.

Reggie Swinton is a smooth route runner, and you can tell during the practice sessions that he clearly is one of the more focused players on the team. Of course, we all know that he has already proved his worth as a kick returner, but only recently has the coaching staff started to believe he could become a difference maker at wide receiver.

In fact, Dave Campo actually listed Swinton ahead of Bryant in a press conference this past Wednesday. That's not to say Antonio Bryant has had a bad first week of camp, because he hasn't.

Bryant has shown the tenacity, the speed, and the hands that the organization thought he had- he just has yet to have a break out type of day. Making the adjustment to the NFL as a rookie wide receiver has always proven to be difficult, and it's not surprising to see Bryant where he is right now- as the #4 guy in the receiving corps.

Bryant has more potential, and he certainly has plenty of time to play catch-up, but right now the edge clearly goes to Reggie Swinton.

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