OXNARD Dave Robinson Jersey , Calif. (AP) Allen Hurns isn’t sure when, or even if, more specific roles will be settled for Dallas Cowboys receivers in the first season without Dez Bryant.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said it’s more ”when” than ”if.”

”Right now, you guys have probably noticed, we’re moving guys around a lot,” Linehan said about a week into training camp in California. ”That’s a positive, especially early and now. But the thing that’s gotta be improved upon is OK, when it gets down to crunch time, this is the guy, he’s a go-to player in this route or this play.”

”We’re making strides. But we’ve got to make strides here quickly,” he said.

The Cowboys don’t have a so-called No. 1 receiver after dumping Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown receptions, in a cost-cutting move during the offseason. Cole Beasley, with 53 fewer career TDs (20), is the Dallas dean in a mix of holdovers, newcomers and rookies that lacks anyone even close to the pedigree of Bryant.

Before skipping a couple of practices with a mild leg issue, the 6-foot-1 Hurns was with the diminutive pair of fellow newcomer Tavon Austin and Beasley in three-receiver sets with the first team. Austin and Beasley, both listed at 5-8 Patrick Onwuasor Jersey , are on the field a lot together.

”I’d rather see it as two fast, quick guys,” receivers coach Sanjay Lal said when asked about two small guys on the field at the same time. ”Yes, an advantage I think.”

Hurns spent most of his four seasons with Jacksonville as an inside receiver but said his best year – the only 1,000-yard season among the dozen receivers the Cowboys brought to camp – came when he spent more time outside.

Austin, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams after five disappointing seasons as the eighth overall pick in 2013, had at least as many carries as catches three times in those five years. So there’s little question he will move around in formations. But he probably won’t be the only one moving around.

”The main thing for us, everybody needs to know all three positions and get comfortable at what you’ve got to do,” Hurns said. ”Right now, no one has like a set position where you’re just inside or just outside.”

And Beasley tends to think it doesn’t matter.

”You’re still getting open and catching balls,” he said. ”It’s about production, whether it’s from the inside or outside. Wes Welker led the league in receiving as a slot receiver. We’ve got tons of guys who can do both. If you’re a receiver, you’re playing all of them.”

Michael Gallup, the first receiver drafted by Dallas post-Bryant as a third-rounder, is the rookie most likely to get significant playing time. Sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson is probably out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained on the first day in pads at camp.

The receiver best built for the outside is the easiest one to forget: 6-2, 210-pound Terrance Williams, Dallas’ third-round choice five years ago. After breaking his foot in January, the former Dallas high school player was arrested for public intoxication in May coming off the first season of his career without a touchdown.

Having recently settled all the claims with police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco Marlon Humphrey Jersey , where the Cowboys have their headquarters, Williams is quietly trying to work his way into the rotation. Williams, who isn’t talking to reporters during camp, has been getting first-team work after starting out with the second group at camp.

”He’s worked really hard to come back from the injury,” coach Jason Garrett said. ”He has been limited the whole time. We anticipated that. Hasn’t hit any roadblocks where he’s going backward.”

Williams isn’t alone in switching spots on the depth chart. The Cowboys have been doing that since the start of the offseason. And it’s not out of the question that it could continue into the regular season.

”That’s the one thing I like about the whole situation,” Austin said. ”I don’t care who the one, two or three receiver is. The more people we’ve got, the faster we are.”

With the retirement of 15-year tight end Jason Witten, the Cowboys don’t have a pass-catcher in his 30s. The oldest – by two months over Beasley – is another newcomer in journeyman Deonte Thompson. From Linehan’s point of view, it’s a young group.

”Every day we’re learning something about our guys,” Linehan said. ”Finding the balance is out here and the proof’s in what you’re able to do and how you’re able to perform when you’ve got a matchup and you’ve got to win that matchup. We’re finding who those guys are right now.”




LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — It’s not exactly a comfortable feeling for the Chicago Bears, despite their current lofty status.

Alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since late in the 2013 season, the Bears (2-1) know they’ve shown enough flaws for concern about upcoming games.

And most of their problems revolve around the offense, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

“Offensively after watching the tape, again, red zone-wise yesterday wasn’t good enough,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday Star Lotulelei Jersey , following Sunday’s 16-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. “We need to be better in the red zone, we need to get to a point to where we’re putting touchdowns up on the board and not kicking field goals.”

Chicago’s offense reached the end zone once in two games and twice in the other, and Trubisky turned the ball over twice in the first half against Arizona.

“We did a good job moving the football, getting first downs and controlling the ball,” Trubisky said after the win. “We just have to continue to find ways to get points.”

The Bears have scored touchdowns on only 40 percent of their trips into the red zone, placing them in the bottom quarter of the league.

Trubisky’s fundamentals while passing against pressure left something to be desired Sunday, as the Cardinals repeatedly blitzed.

“I thought that there were some good ones and I thought there were some he could get better at,” Nagy said. “That’s where we’re at. He’ll be the first to tell you that.

“We’ll do everything we possibly can each week to make sure we limit those inaccuracies.”

Trubisky threw for two touchdown passes for the first time ever in the Bears’ 24-17 win over Seattle, but then followed with a passer rating of 73.5 Sunday against Arizona.

One possible way to improve Trubisky’s effort would be to scale back the offense.

Considering he has started only 15 NFL games, it’s possible Trubisky is at his limit in comprehending all the nuances of the team’s new attack.

“I think that it’s probably getting close,” Nagy said.

Nagy added there are other factors slowing the offense besides his quarterback, but Trubisky must be completely aware of the best places to go with the football.

“When you feel like it’s getting close to that breaking point or too much, you’ve got to pull back,” Nagy said. “And so I feel like we’ve done a pretty good job so far with that.

“We’ll continue to monitor that and see where he’s at. We’ll talk to him, we’ll get feedback from him, as well as the other guys, and then try to figure out the ‘why’ part. Why aren’t we where we want to be?”

A way to solve some of the offensive woes would be to get the ball downfield more often. Although the Bears are happy with their 36:21 of possession time Sunday, they’ve struggled all year with getting yards after the catch or long completions.

Allen Robinson had Chicago’s season-long pass reception against Arizona with a 39-yarder to start a scoring drive.

“I think you can see what it does (with) the one we hit Allen down the sideline Chad Thomas Color Rush Jersey ,” Nagy said.

“You feel it, you feel that energy, you get the momentum going, the guys feel it, it stresses a defense when you have that. So those are important to have and we need to start connecting on those.”

There are other problems, as well.

The defensive depth is being taxed after a hamstring injury to cornerback Prince Amukamara. His backup, Marcus Cooper, has a hamstring injury, as well.

By and large, though, the defense has been dominant thanks to Khalil Mack’s pass rushing.

In fact, it’s been so strong Nagy found himself being questioned about a potentially dangerous rift developing within the team as the defense carries too much of the load.

Nagy discounted this.

“As well and as dominant as our defense has been, there’s going to be a time this year — I can’t tell you when — but there’s going to be a time this year when they need the offense,” Nagy said. “I’ve been a part of both sides. I’ve been a part of where the defense is dominant and the offense is struggling.

“And you’ve got to make sure that you understand that there’s 16 games in a season. It’s going to balance out, typically.”

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