“I like our talent there,” said offensive coordinator Todd Monken. “But no one likes to stare out there and you've got Charlie Moore, Tracy Moore, Stewy and Ike — and they're all better than they were last year, thank goodness — and then you've got all new guys. I mean, every guy's new.
“When you've got to play those young guys, they're going to make the flash plays, but it's not always about the big plays, it's about eliminating the bad ones that stop you from scoring and turnovers and all those things that turn into bad football.”
It's not an enviable position, one created when personnel losses left the sophomore and junior classes nearly void of candidates at receiver.
But it's the position the Cowboys find themselves in. And fortunately for them, there's a sense among the offensive coaches that they hit on every receiver in the class. Even Cowboys quarterback Justin Gilbert gave the rookie group of receivers high marks.
“I see a lot of potential,” Gilbert said. “I see some areas they can improve on, but they're making some good plays out here and I can see them playing on Saturdays for us.”
Jackson, a former tight end, is already running with the first unit as an inside receiver. The others have all spent considerable time working the second team, even filling all four spots together at times.
“They're all talented guys,” Monken said. “They're all capable of playing athletically.”
Mentally, as far as understanding routes and recognizing coverages, is the bigger issue.
“It will come down to who is smart enough to play and who picks it up the quickest,” said wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn.