Next Season Can't Get Here Soon Enough

The Cowboys don't start offseason workouts for another couple of weeks, but receiver Patrick Crayton is already preparing for the 2008 season.

You see, Crayton can't shake how the Cowboys' 2007 season came to such an abrupt end.

And he has yet to get over the role he played in the 21-17 divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.

He had a crucial dropped pass that could have changed the momentum in the game, making him the target of criticism from Cowboys fans and his own family.

Leading 17-14 and facing a third-and-13 play from their own 17, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambled, then threw to an open Crayton, who dropped the pass in the middle of the field. Dallas punted, and the Giants scored on the ensuing drive to make the score 21-17 and held on to win the game.

"I can handle it when adults give me grief, but when kids do it, it's different," Crayton said. "My eight-year-old brother (Bryson) was the first one to ask, 'Man what happened? Why did you drop that ball?'" Crayton said. "You go 'wow.' That's when it hits home. It's a motivating thing to myself. It's one of those things to never let it happen again.

"That's why I started early to get ready. It will be a motivating factor."

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