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Wide receiver Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.
So the hottest rumor in Valley Ranch right now, according to numerous reports is that there is pretty heavy chatter that the Cowboys could cut Patrick Crayton this weekend to get down to 53 players.
This would be a terrible idea.
Sure, Crayton might open his mouth a little too wide at times, and might have some fumbleitis on punt returns (which Dez Bryant will be handling anyway), but the guy is, for the most part, a highly consistent player who will give you a good effort and decent numbers on a weekly basis.
Crayton is probably most known around these parts for his drop in the Giants playoff game a few years back when the Cowboys waltzed through the regular season only to lose in their first playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl champs.
Also, it's true Crayton was a bit of a headache back in the spring, demanding a trade or a release, but since he's changed his tone and has publicly said he wants to be a Dallas Cowboy.
For just a couple of million dollars, the Cowboys should keep their "brings-his-lunch-pail-to-work-every-day" receiver, especially when it's no guarantee that Dez Bryant will be healthy for 16 games, much less effective. I mean, it looks like Bryant is going to have a great NFL career, but no one knows that right now.
Please don't leave us, Patrick.
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