Rookie review: Danny Coale
Position: Wide receiver
AP Photo/James D SmithInjuries in the preseason and in training camp limited what WR Danny Coale could show the Cowboys.Danny Coale
AP Photo/James D SmithInjuries in the preseason and in training camp limited what WR Danny Coale could show the Cowboys.
How acquired: Fifth round (No. 152 overall), Virginia Tech
What he did: On the first day of organized team activities, Coale suffered a stress fracture in his left foot that required surgery. It knocked him out of the rest of the preseason and limited his work early in training camp. When he was able to get on the practice field in Oxnard, Calif., he was slowed by a quadriceps that limited his work. His best day of practice came in a session against San Diego when he caught a touchdown pass from Tony Romo to end a two-minute drill. He caught two passes for 21 yards in the preseason but was among the Cowboys' final cuts. He spent most of the year on the practice squad before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a practice in November.
Where he fits in the future: The hope is that Coale will be ready for the beginning of training camp, but that might be pushing it. The Cowboys could look for wide receiver help in the draft or perhaps look at a low-cost free agent, which would hurt Coale's chances. Because of the foot injury, he never really displayed the 4.3-second 40-yard dash time the Cowboys say he ran at Virginia Tech nor the quickness getting in and out of his cuts. He did show pretty good hands and toughness. He can play inside and outside, which is a plus, and he can be a cover guy on special teams. He even worked a few days as a holder in camp. He will have to turn heads in camp but he may have some time to work back from the serious knee injury. He falls into the "right kind of guy," category but two major injuries as a rookie do not help.
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