Well Received

Ever since Terrell Owens was sent packing in the offseason, it has been clear the Cowboys need a boost at wide receiver.

Roy Williams is the marquee name, and Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton are solid complementary players. Isaiah Stanback and Sam Hurd are back, but neither has made major contributions yet.

With their final pick in the 2009 draft, the Cowboys finally added another receiver target when they picked Oklahoma's Manuel Johnson (5-10 7/8, 189, 4.5), who never emerged as the Sooners' No. 1 target and started just one season in Norman, but was productive nonetheless. In 49 career games, Johnson caught 49 passes for 1,710 yards and 17 touchdowns as part of a potent OU offense loaded with offensive weapons.

What Johnson brings to Dallas is quiet, consistent production. He's a very smooth athlete who runs good routes and has good hands. Very tough for a player of his size — he dislocated his elbow as a senior and missed just one game — Johnson will go over the middle when he has to, and has a knack for finding a seam in opposing defenses.

Johnson isn't the game-breaker the Cowboys (and their fans) might have wanted in the draft, but he's the type of player who can find a home with the right team and contribute for years.

Coaches and scouts sometimes talk about players who aren't great at one facet of the game, but do a lot of things well — that's Johnson.

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