Lockout analysis: Wide receivers

July, 6, 2011
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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

[+] EnlargeDez Bryant
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireDez Bryant managed to make headlines during the lockout for reasons that had nothing to do with football.
Depth chart: Roy Williams, Manuel Johnson, Miles Austin, Jesse Holley, Teddy Williams, Dez Bryant, Sam Hurd, Kevin Ogletree, Jeff Moturi and Troy Bergeron

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.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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