I mean, I suppose both additions would be put to some use. Can't have too much of a good thing, and all that. But doesn't the Cowboys' cup – along with Jessica's – already runneth over?
Dallas' decision to divorce wobbly veteran Terry Glenn is newsworthy because of Glenn's solid NFL history. He's been a star-caliber player in this league, and before last season was viewed by some as Receiver No. 1A to teammate Terrell Owens' position as Receiver No. 1.
Still, the Cowboys spent most of 2007 as the NFC's best team, and they did it with Glenn playing Invisible Man. They are favored to win the NFC this year, and oddsmakers are well-aware that it is Patrick Crayton who will get most of the work as the "other'' receiver.
Crayton, No. 3 guy Sam Hurd, No. 4 guy Miles Austin and the rest of the returnees do not have Glenn's credentials, especially as deep threats. The conversion to the position of former college QB Isaiah Stanback remains an experiment, and the idea of Adam Jones as a Deion-like two-way threat (three-way, really, when you count what Jones and Sanders share in their special-teams abilities) is nothing more than that. … an idea, one that can't really pass a training camp test until the ex-Pacman passes the NFL commissioner's tests.
It will be fun to watch long-shot rookie Danny Amendola attempt to scrap his way into playing time. It will be interesting to see if rookie Mike Jefferson plays the role of NFL receiver on the field as well as he plays it off the field. (He has certainly fit in with the veterans when it comes to offseason workouts and social events.)
It is also fun to speculate about what wheeling and dealing Jerry Jones and staff might do as they watch a fuming Anquan Boldin jog around with the Cardinals, or as they watch the Lions likely sink again despite a receiving corps that includes Texas ex Roy Williams.
But here's why the "need for a No. 2 receiver'' is actually more of a "want'' – and maybe part of a Fantasy Football mindset (not just for fans and media, but maybe for Jones, too, always willing to push the acquisition envelope):
Dallas already has a No. 2 receiver. He just happens to be 6-5 and 265.
Tight end Jason Witten is the Cowboys' second-most dangerous target, last year totaling a team-best 96 receptions for seven TDs. That makes him as elite and as productive at his position as T.O. (81 catches, 15 TDs) is at his.
Behind those two, Crayton is actually the third passing option, coming off a breakout 50-catch, seven-TD season. Dallas' desire to use two tight ends means rookie Marcellus Bennett will get playing time (if not catches). Running back Marion Barber was last year's 44-catch safety valve; as a full-time starter now, he may increase his 44-reception total from a season ago. Oh, and then there is rookie runner Felix Jones. In his final season at Arkansas, he became an all-time collegian by averaging 9.7 yards per carry. Not per catch – per carry. That sort of home-run ability can make for a dangerous underneath pass target.
It's a rather stunning collection of talent, with All-Pro-caliber quarterback Tony Romo as the triggerman. Could the Cowboys use Glenn's speed? Would a trade be helpful? Might Adam Jones be a difference-maker?
Sure. But while the Cowboys and their fans might desire another offensive skill-position weapon, the team doesn't need one. Dallas' cup – like one of its most celebrated Hollywood fans -- runneth over.
A Missing Weapon? Cowboys' Cup Runneth Over
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