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Cowboys Just Might Get Lucky at Kick-Returner



    Cowboys Just Might Get Lucky at Kick-Returner
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    WR Lucky Whitehead #1 of the Florida Atlantic Owls returns a kick against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium Aug. 30, 2014, in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

    Now returning kicks for your Dallas Cowboys … Lucky Whitehead?

    Get used to the dude with the long braids, the catchy name, the cool Twitter handle (@ninjafast22) and the blurring speed, because he’s turning heads at Cowboys’ OTAs the past couple weeks at Valley Ranch.

    If Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley had a baby, it’d be Lucky Whitehead.

    That is to say, the undrafted rookie from Florida Atlantic has Harris’ kick-return skills and Beasley’s slot-receiver quickness.

    As the Cowboys look to replace Harris (now a Giant), they’re giving a serious look at Whitehead. Last year at FAU he averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return and used his elusiveness and speed (4.41 in the 40) on long touchdowns on a run (80) and a punt return (73).

    In a crowded backfield, Whitehead could even see a screen pass or two.

    With his unique skill set and Dallas’ glaring need, I’ll be surprised if Lucky doesn’t make the final roster.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.