Lockout analysis: Wide receivers
July, 6, 2011
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ESPNDallas is providing a daily breakdown on how the lockout has affected the individual position groups. Today we look at the wide receivers.
Position: Wide receiver
Depth chart: Roy Williams, Manuel Johnson, Miles Austin, Jesse Holley, Teddy Williams, Dez Bryant, Sam Hurd, Kevin Ogletree, Jeff Moturi and Troy Bergeron
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireDez Bryant managed to make headlines during the lockout for reasons that had nothing to do with football.
Not under contract: Holley, Hurd, Johnson and Teddy Williams
Player hurt most by lockout: Bryant
Player with most to gain: Ogletree
Analysis: Where do we start with Mr. Bryant? The man has made more news for his off-the-field antics than on it. If there was ever a man who needed to be around Valley Ranch four days a week, it was Bryant. He was briefly banned from a Dallas area mall and has been sued by two jewelers and an apartment complex. Bryant has settled with one of his creditors and when the league returns he most likely will take care of his other debts. Bryant didn't do himself any favors by getting into this mess. He also failed to meet Jerry Jones or the training staff (so they could check on his surgically repaired ankle) when the lockout was lifted briefly. A family matter prevented him from talking to Jones on the last day of the NFL Draft. As Bryant matures, his decision-making process will improve. For now, he's under close scrutiny.
Indications are the salary cap will return, and if so it will be $120 million. The Cowboys would be over the cap be forced to cut salary. If that happens, Roy Williams could be let go and that could push Ogletree up the depth chart. Inconsistency is his biggest issue. Yet, the Cowboys like his skills.