With training camp well underway in San Antonio, the Cowboys have a rather large position battle at wide receiver. The team is expected to keep only five receivers on the active roster, which as of now would presumably be Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and either Isaiah Stanback, Kevin Ogletree, or Manuel Johnson.
Stanback seems to be the leader for the position (somehow) but could lose that very quickly if he cannot prove that he can stay healthy for more than two days in a row. But wouldn’t just be easier to decide that fifth spot by signing Matt Jones?
Now before you go crazy with this, hear me out. I know the Cowboys have made a major effort this offseason to become younger and to rid themselves of troubled players. And we all know about Matt Jones’ legal issues this year. But his actions weren’t even bad enough for Roger Goodell to suspend the guy. And concerning that age thing, he is only 26.
Now, enough with the off the field garbage, lets evaluate him as a player. As you may or may not know, Jones was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft at receiver (he played quarterback at Arkansas). Jones is 6ft. 6in. tall, and weighs 242 lbs which makes him a monster of a man at receiver. Last time I checked there aren’t too many corners and safeties even close to that height. He runs a 4.3 second 40yd dash, which makes him faster than most if not all of the receivers on the current Cowboys roster.
Statistically speaking he is above and beyond all current Cowboys receivers (excluding Roy Williams). Jones has compiled more receptions, yards, and touchdowns than Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and Stanback combined. And when compared to Crayton, Jones has recorded 7 more receptions, 113 less yards (Crayton 2,266 yds, Jones 2,153 yds), and 3 less touchdowns (Crayton 18, Jones 15). And oh by the way Crayton has been in the league a year longer. And oh by the way, Jones hasn’t had a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback such as Tony Romo throwing to him.
While it may sound crazy, Jones may actually be a perfect complement to Roy Williams. Not to take anything away from the rest of the Cowboys receivers, but Jones has proven that he has the tools, and the ability to produce on the field.
The only thing that Austin, Hurd, and Stanback have proved is that they can consistently be injured. So why not take a chance? Its not like he is going to demand a huge contract, teams aren’t exactly beating down his door to sign him. It makes perfect sense, and I for one, think Jerry and Steven Jones should make it happen.