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    Linehan Says “Butler Has Had a Good Camp”, But Will He Stay?

    Wide receiver is one of the positions we really shouldn't be worried about. The 2016 Cowboys starters were a very good group and heading into 2017, the Cowboys have that same squad… and more.

    After decided to stay with the , WR stopped being a position of need. He will remain — along with and — as a starter on 's .

    Behind these three, the only player who really has a guaranteed spot is rookie . He was a fourth round pick, has a place on , and has had a good camp so far. Lock.

    After these four, no one is guaranteed anything so they'll have to fight for it.

    is probably gone. He hasn't produced on special teams and now that Switzer is here, the Cowboys can let him go. Trust me, they'll find a way to run a jet sweep without him if they wish.

    has a good shot of making the team; he's an excellent blocker. Maybe he can bring a little bit of what did in 2015, plus some upside as a receiver. He'll have to fight Brice Butler for the spot.

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the possibility of the Cowboys keeping six wide receivers on the roster. This may happen, but let's talk about Brice Butler.

    This is what said of him after the second day of Cowboys minicamp via Dallas Cowboys. 

    “Brice has had a good camp. We felt like since he’s been here, since we brought him in two years ago that he gives you that big-time needed outside insurance. And now that he’s got such a good background in our offense he’s able to be more versatile and move around. So he creates matchups for us.“

    It's good to hear that from Linehan, but remember what time of year it is. It's June, all around the league we see these kind of comments about any other player.

    Having said that, I think Brice Butler has a very good chance of staying. And it all hinges on what Linehan said about him being “outside insurance.” That is what he brings to the table.

    We have a good WR2 in Terrance Williams, but if Dez has an somewhere in the season, he should stay as WR2. Butler replaced Dez in 2016 when he was injured and while it wasn't ideal, it was this team's best option.

    In 2015 — with or without Dez — we were still destined to have a bad season after losing . In 2016 we made it through the first part of the season without problems. But looking at the , games won't be as easy.

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    And if Dallas loses Bryant this season, even if it's for just one game, they can't afford not to have an option at outside receiver.

    It is an uphill battle for Butler. Since outside insurance is probably the only thing he brings to the table that another player can't, it will be difficult. But I feel he has a very good chance of making the cut.

    Do you see Brice Butler making the roster for 2017?

    Let us know in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly  live show Primero Cowboys!

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    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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    Travis Diggs

    They might be forced to keep 6 receivers. If Noah Brown and Brice Butler show out in preseason, You keep both and go 6. Why not?? You gotta account for Dez injury history. We’ll be good with 6

    Mauricio Rodriguez

    I feel the same way too, Travis. Here’s the article I wrote about it a while ago, in case you missed it: https://insidethestar.com/cowboys-keep-6-wide-receivers/

    Russ_Te

    Take 2, to see if it’s deleted again ~

    No way Butler is even with Brown, behind Switzer and it’s an uphill battle for him to stay on the team. Just wrong.

    Butler has produced in games, they have not. They have to have big camps to not get cut. If Butler has a big camp – more likely than not since he knows the system totally now – Williams will lose his starting spot to Butler, who is taller and faster.

    Mauricio Rodriguez

    Hi Russ, I disagree with you in Butler being better than Williams as a WR2. Not as an outside insurance as I say in my article though.
    Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown haven’t produced in games, you’re right about that. Because they are rookies. Brown is not a clear-cut player to make the cut but Switzer most certainly is. I truly believe Butler has an uphill battle. You mentioned the rookies need to have big camps to not get cut. The way I see it, Butler must have a BIG camp to not get cut too.

    PS: I didn’t get the “to see if it’s deleted again” part of your comment, I did not delete any comment from you or anyone else. Thanks for reading!