Tag:Patrick Crayton
Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:17 am

Hot Routes 8.13.10: Of Preseason & Port-a-Potties

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  • Dan Connolly, who filled in -- and will fill in if necessary -- for the still-holding-out Logan Mankins last night, "held his own" according to Ian Rappaport of the Boston Herald . We haven't watched the game yet, because we're too busy swooning over Jimmy Clausen, but this is right in line with what we told Lauren Shehadi about the possibility of the Pats' doing a little "plug-n-play" on the offensive line.
  • Speaking of Clausen, Pat Yasinskas (former Panthers beat writer; now with the NFC South blog at ESPN) thinks that the rook QB "landed some jabs, but nothing close to a knockout punch" in his attempt to go after Matt Moore's job. I've got to agree -- the kid looked really sharp at times, but anyone freaking out over the first preseason game needs to settle down. It's going to take a nightmarish, Jake Delhomme-like start from Moore to force Clausen into a starting role.
  • Optimism reigns supreme at the Baltimore Sun 's Ravens Insider, where everyone seems thrilled at the offense's potent potability (or something). Ken Murray seems the most realistic of the group, though, making sure to point out that against the Panthers, the Ravens ridiculously depleted secondary didn't exactly have a big challenge. Not saying the 2010 AFC North Champions (they lose to the Jets in the AFC Championship, duh) are overrated, but just saying.
  • Jermichael Finley, who Andy is quite high on (more on that with an NFC North podcast coming this afternoon), uses boxing to become a better football player because it helps improve his hand and eye coordination. Until coach Mike McCarthy pointed out that hurting his hands and wrists isn't the best way to get paid as a tight end in the NFL. Smart call.
  • Lovie Smith says the Bears' starters could end up playing a full half against the Chargers. For those of you who (like me) are Dan LeFevour fans, won't you join me: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" /shakes fist angrily to sky
  • Jerry McDonald of Inside Bay Area writes that the D-line "stole the show" for the Raiders last night. And here I was thinking Kyle Boller would get all the attention this morning. McDonald actually makes a good point about Boller too -- the 'Boys dropped an easy red zone interception, and we're not singing his praises this morning if they make the pick happen.

Posted on: June 16, 2010 9:22 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 9:39 pm

Crayton's time may be up in Dallas

Earlier this week, Dallas Morning News writer Todd Archer said on DCFanatic Radio that the Cowboys could keep six wide receivers on the roster, and that one of those six could be Patrick Crayton. The disgruntled veteran has asked out of town (After the draft, Crayton was told he could seek a trade; when that went nowhere, he asked for his release). Crayton can read the writing on the wall: Dez Brant, Miles Austin and Roy Williams will see a vast majority of the action in 2010.

Once a starter, Crayton – who is best equipped for the slot – could find himself as a No. 4, or perhaps even No. 5 receiver. The Cowboys always seem to give Sam Hurd a chance, and they also have an intriguing prospect in Kevin Ogletree, a second-year pro who offers the initial quickness and athletic shiftiness that Crayton lacks.

Crayton is a consummate professional who has pledged to go about his business the right way, so if he remains a Cowboy, expect he’ll keep quiet. But a receiver at the bottom of the depth chart usually plays special teams. Would Crayton be willing to do that? (And we’re not talking about just returning punts…)

--Andy Benoit

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