Still, Randle has shown he has the ability to play a significant role in the passing game.
What could also benefit Lunt and the Cowboys is Smith's apparent improvement as a receiver during the offseason. That was needed at times last season, most notably in the Iowa State game, when Smith dropped two passes on a key fourth-quarter drive.
“We'll see how that translates over,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of Smith. “I think he's really worked at it and gotten a lot better at understanding catching the ball in space where the quarterback can find him.”
Yes, there will be a lot of new faces catching the football for the Cowboys this season. Yes, right now it's hard to pin down which one will be the leading receiver.
But the result will probably be positive for Lunt when a running back, especially Randle, is the intended target.