NFL Rumors: Cowboys Interested in Adding Jordan Shipley?
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been satisfied with what they have at the number three wide receiver position ever since Laurent Robinsin signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re been tied to Chad Johnson and numerous other wide receivers via rumors all off-season, as a plethora of receivers have battled for the spot, but no one has been able to claim it.
Add Jordan Shipley’s name to the mix. According to DallasCowboys.com, the team may consider putting in a claim on Shipley, who has been waived by the Cincinnati Bengals after his recovery from a torn acl has been going slowly.
Shipley was already facing an uphill battle to make the team, anyways, as the Bengals had drafted two talented receivers in the draft in Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The fact that he’s still not quite 100% simply made the franchise’s decision to move on a little easier.
Dallas, on the other hand, may be inclined to bring Shipley in and give him more time to heal. After all, the main thing Andre Holmes, Danny Coale, Kevin Ogletree, Cole Beasleyand Dwayne Harris all have in common is that they might not be ready to be Tony Romo’s go-to slot guy.
Laurent Robinson excelled in that role in 2011, scoring 11 touchdowns, so to go from a stud third option to basically no third option is a pretty big drop.
The Cowboys have turned down rumors about adding other free agent wide receivers, and seem content with the guys they have battling it out. Maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. But they don’t have a whole lot to lose by submitting a waiver claim for Shipley. If they get him, they have an immediate upgrade at the position, as long as Shipley can get healthy for the season.
Shipley isn’t overly physical or explosive, but he runs excellent routes and has very reliable hands. He’d be a deadly weapon over the middle of the field, while the Cowboys’ other receivers have too many flaws and would likely ultimately beg for a rotation at the third spot.
Don’t be shocked if Dallas does submit a claim. However, with other teams needing a reliable slot receiver, too, don’t be shocked if some other team ahead of the Cowboys submit a claim and get him instead.