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Crayton locked in to starting job

The battle for the Dallas starting receiver job opposite Roy Williams may be over before it really started.

Cowboys receiving coach Ray Sherman believes Patrick Crayton has earned the gig, according to Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News.

“Patrick is having a very good camp, and I think the guys are really in tune,” Sherman remarked. “They don’t care about who starts.”

Speed threat Miles Austin was expected to compete for the job, and has reportedly started camp in fine fashion.

But Crayton is reportedly showing the consistent approach that made him one of the game’s best slot receivers in 2007.  Crayton could start on the outside, then move to the slot when Austin is on the field.

After a devastating drop in Dallas’ playoff loss to the Giants, Crayton appeared to be missing his mojo in 2008.  The usually sure-handed wideout suffered from the drops.

With Terrell Owens long gone, Crayton will get plenty of chances to atone for last year’s mistakes.

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24 Responses to “Crayton locked in to starting job”
  1. lmeff11 says: Aug 4, 2009 9:53 PM

    Think that is pry the right move Miles just dousnt have enogh playing time under his belt

  2. MrNatural says: Aug 4, 2009 9:56 PM

    Yep, Crayton earned the gig in 2007. Two-thousand-seven!
    I could be wrong but I don’t recall a single legitimate news story or interview where any Cowboys coach ever said Miles Austin (or anyone else) was competing for what has been and still is Crayton’s job.
    This is a tabloid story created by a bored media during the offseason. Waste of cyberspace.

  3. Bigbluefan says: Aug 4, 2009 10:06 PM

    Now if they could only get a QB who can pass after Oct they may have a slim chance
    And Vox screw you

  4. FumbleNuts says: Aug 4, 2009 10:15 PM

    I would like to see Jesse Holley play in a few games this year.

  5. RedskinPete says: Aug 4, 2009 10:26 PM

    hello ladies

  6. southernboi727 says: Aug 4, 2009 10:52 PM

    He ain’t no big time #2 receiver! Dallas is gonna suck.

  7. Bill In DC says: Aug 4, 2009 10:52 PM

    # Bigbluefan says: August 4, 2009 10:06 PM
    Now if they could only get a QB who can pass after Oct they may have a slim chance
    And Vox screw you
    If that’s the most creative thing you can say, you’re pretty hurting. Romo has done better than 80% 0f QBs in December, it was the defense that let Dallas down in Dec, not Romo. Stop shooting from the hip and accepting whatever the media says as gospel, do a little research before you pontificate.

  8. DaGMen07 says: Aug 4, 2009 11:03 PM

    My God, I will never, ever forget that dropped pass. Thank you so much Patrick. You will always have a second home in the Meadowlands. Keep up the great work.

  9. VoxVeritas says: Aug 4, 2009 11:25 PM

    “After a devastating drop in Dallas’ playoff loss to the Giants, Crayton appeared to be missing his mojo in 2008. The usually sure-handed wideout suffered from the drops.”
    Great. Now PFT mutants are going to say that Crayton can’t catch. Out of 70 pass attempts to him, he dropped three. That’s a drop percentage of 4.29%. Would you like to see how that compares to certain other NFL WR’s? Stats Inc’s numbers and this is by no means a complete list.
    Steve Smith 4.65%
    Muhsin Muhammad 7.4%
    Brandon Marshall 6.0%
    Randy Moss 4.8%
    Devin Hester 5.49%
    Laveranues Coles 6.89%
    Chad Ochocinco 5.15%
    Calvin Johnson 5.96%
    Greg Jennings 5.0%
    Donald Driver 5.22%
    Dwayne Bowe 8.28%
    Bobby Engram 7.5%
    Ted Ginn 6.45%
    Bernard Berrian 7.37%
    Marques Colston 9.09%
    Hank Baskett 7.84%
    Reggie Brown 8.82%
    Kevin Curtis 4.76%
    Desean Jackson 4.96%
    Santonio Holmes 5.26%
    Shaun McDonald 4.55%
    Hines Ward 5.6%
    Chris Chambers 4.69%
    Braylon Edwards 11.6%
    Jabar Gaffney 9.23%
    Anthony Gonzalez 7.59%
    Donte Stallworth 4.44%
    Brandon Stokley 4.71%
    Amani Toomer 6.74%
    Another thing… of all the guys listed, the only ones that had more TDs than drops are Randy Moss, Greg Jennings, Anthony Gonzales, and Patrick Crayton.

  10. VoxVeritas says: Aug 4, 2009 11:26 PM

    “And Vox screw you”
    Not in your wildest wet dreams, goofy.

  11. EskinSux says: Aug 5, 2009 12:32 AM

    Hell…….Romo needs a scapegoat……..Hell, he had 39 catches for a little over 500 yards last year, 4 TD’s…….Once they choke again. he can be the next TO….Oh, and he dropped………

  12. VoxVeritas says: Aug 5, 2009 12:46 AM

    “Hell, he had 39 catches for a little over 500 yards last year, 4 TD’s”
    4 TDs is the same amount of TDs as Desean Jackson and Kevin Curtis combined. EskinSux, are you drunk?

  13. east96st says: Aug 5, 2009 1:29 AM

    VoxVeritas says: “Great. Now PFT mutants are going to say that Crayton can’t catch.”
    Nahhhh. It’s much more fun to remind you that he cost your Boys their first playoff win in 11 years and a very likely trip to the Super Bowl. Third and 17, he could not have been more open and the pass could not have been thrown better and, yet, there it was on the ground. It was a thing of beauty. And after he ran his mouth all week long about how the Giants were afraid to play Dallas. And then the little bitch refused to talk to reporters. Yeah, Crayton will always have a special place in the hearts of Giants fans everywhere.

  14. Abe Froeman says: Aug 5, 2009 1:31 AM

    Why Vox, if you consider his playoff drop percentage its closer to 25% of targets.
    Keep massaging those stat lines.

  15. EskinSux says: Aug 5, 2009 1:35 AM

    Nice stats Vox…Hope it made for a good nights sleep….but it seems to circumvent the argument you made all last year, that the hierarchy of the Dallas Cowgirls , thru the sheer genius of what you call a GM,(damn, you must really like the taste of his nuts) could have TO get in line and have the teams best interest at heart……Does posting stats for what is basically a scrub, really replace cutting the best receiver?…..Wasn’t it Jerrall who set it straight?..yanno, big bowl of popcorn etc……..i guess this is the time of year you bark…..When nothing is on the line…….

  16. scotty_poacher says: Aug 5, 2009 2:50 AM

    For all the so called football guru’s, has anyone looked at Dallas backfield? Or how about the TE position? Oh ya one more thing, how about DWARE and the rest of their D-LINE, ya they are gonna suck. They lost TO, who cares the problem is gone for them. Now they can focus on the rest of their Offence and not a crybaby.

  17. Ryan_Mack says: Aug 5, 2009 7:18 AM

    44-6

  18. VoxVeritas says: Aug 5, 2009 9:12 AM

    “It’s much more fun to remind you that he cost your Boys their first playoff win in 11 years”
    Well make up your mind, scrub… was it Romo or Crayton?

  19. VoxVeritas says: Aug 5, 2009 9:15 AM

    “It’s much more fun to remind you that he cost your Boys their first playoff win in 11 years”
    Well make up your mind, goofball… was it Romo or Crayton?
    “thru the sheer genius of what you call a GM”
    He’s got three more Super Bowl rings than any Eagirls GM will ever have.
    “Does posting stats for what is basically a scrub”
    Hey, that scrub scored more TDs than any Eagirls WR did last year. That must make them sub-scrubs.

  20. misterj says: Aug 5, 2009 9:41 AM

    #2 WR spot?? This doesn’t really specify preferred X,Y,Z, slotback, etc…
    Regardless, stats favor who’s gotten the most opportunities (ie balls thrown his way), and Crayton got less than TO and Witten… significantly less. He dropped 5 of 68 thrown his way, had a sub-60% catch rate, 4 TDs, had a fumble, no INTs off him, and broke 3 tackles all year.
    Decent, but not spectacular.

  21. rawisdan says: Aug 5, 2009 9:46 AM

    “Ryan_Mack says:
    August 5, 2009 7:18 AM
    44-6″
    http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww148/daninms/phillychoke.jpg

  22. VoxVeritas says: Aug 5, 2009 11:14 AM

    “Regardless, stats favor who’s gotten the most opportunities (ie balls thrown his way), and Crayton got less than TO and Witten… significantly less.”
    Um… yeah any guy on the same team as a TO and a Witten is going to get significantly fewer looks. You should be an investigative reporter.
    “He dropped 5 of 68 thrown his way”
    3 of 70, according to STATS, Inc.
    http://hosted.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=6975&team=6
    “had a sub-60% catch rate”
    Most WRs have a

  23. east96st says: Aug 5, 2009 11:40 AM

    VoxVeritas says: “Well make up your mind, scrub… was it Romo or Crayton?”
    Actually, it was a full team choke. Something Dallas excels at in crucial games. But I’ll pile on Crayton since he was the only one running his mouth. Romo blew it too, but at least he has the class to own up to it, face the press, and accept responsibility. I will give him that. It’s funny that you chose the word scrub. I would say that word fits Crayton status perfectly.

  24. misterj says: Aug 5, 2009 11:53 AM

    Wow Vox, thanks for jumping my ass making a positive post about a player on your team. What the hell is your problem?

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