During the NFL preseason, we've taken a few looks at former Pitt stars Aaron Donald and Tom Savage. Devin Street, however, was the other Panther drafted that I've just not had much time to follow. This weekend, though, I had a chance to see what he's been up to ... at least according to the box scores.
Street's preseason was largely uneventful, but he did make the team's final roster, as expected. As a fifth-round pick, there was no guarantee of that. But as the Cowboys made a trade up to select him, it looked like his chances of making the team were good.
The former Pitt wide receiver started his preseason out strong, catching four passes for a team-high 43 yards against San Diego in Dallas' opener. Despite catching all four of his targets, Street's impact diminished as the exhibition games went on.
The following week against the Baltimore Ravens, Street was targeted only once and didn't register a catch. While he was targeted four times a week later against the Miami Dolphins (second-most on the team), he had only two receptions for a modest 11 yards. In the team's finale against the Denver Broncos, he got another five targets (third-most on the team), but had only one catch for 11 yards.
Add it all up, and overall Street had seven catches for 65 yards. That doesn't sound like a ton, but in the preseason when touches are spread around quite a bit, Street's totals by comparison were pretty solid as he ranked third overall in catches and sixth in yardage.
Despite him slowing down a bit later in the preseason, Street has a good chance to contribute this year. Outside of starters Dez Bryant and Terence Williams, Dallas' wide receiving corps is pretty thin. Cole Beasley made some plays for the team as a backup in 2013, but there's really not much else.
For that reason, Street looks to have a strong chance to make an impact right away. ESPN has him listed squarely behind Bryant on the depth chart as a second-string wideout. While Bryant is the star and probably won't see much time off the field, Street should be one of the first guys off the bench and could be used on some situational packages.
Donald and Savage are getting all of the attention, but Street is a guy that should contribute right away.
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