“We’re going to be OK,” Reid said, via ESPN.com. “I’m happy with the improvement that they’ve made over this camp and even last year. Do we have work to do? Absolutely. We’ve got to get this training camp in. We’ve got to put the pads on and do it there.
“But for that to take place, we’ve got to have confidence in the guys we have here. We’ve got to keep working, though. We’ve got a ways to go.”
According to Reid, they have a “lot of trust” in their other receivers to step up and fill the void in their offense.
“We have a lot of trust in the guys we have here,” Reid said. “They have worked their tail off, some of them for this opportunity [and] they’re going to get a little more playing time. We have full trust that they’re going to get the job done.”
Former quarterback Jameill Showers is trying to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster as a safety this year after he switched positions during the 2016 season.
“That was the talk that me and coach [Jason] Garrett had in October whenever he first asked me to move was, we want you to focus on safety because you do well there, and it’ll give you a chance to move up on special teams,” Showers said, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “He was like, ‘We don’t want to put you in a position where you’re a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none situation.’ I definitely respect it, and I’m trying to work hard for it.
“I’m excited about it. I think it’ll give me more opportunities to play, especially special teams, things like that. I think it just kind of puts more on my resume as far as a football player, even if things don’t work out here or wherever. Or even if they do, I’ll have more that I can do. That’s what I heard is the more you can do, the longer you stay type of deal.”
Cowboys secondary coach Joe Baker says he’s been “really happy” with Showers this offseason.
“I’m really happy with what Showers has done,” Baker said. “He’s turned his body from a quarterback body into a defensive back body, which looks a lot different. You can tell he looks slimmer. He’s moving a lot better. The whole athleticism part of it is so much different at that position, and so I’m really proud of how he’s worked. He’s still got a ways to go, but movement-wise in terms of his backpedaling, changing direction, all those things we do as defensive backs, he’s really doing a nice job.”
According to Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh, Alshon Jeffery has put together his best offseason since perhaps 2013.
“He and I have a history together, so he knows what I think, and I understand the way that he works and goes about his business,” Groh said, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “I think the spring that he’s had is as good as he’s had since maybe 2013. Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place. He’s coming in here and learning a new system and working on the chemistry with Carson [Wentz] and everything like that, but it’s been a good spring for him.”
Eagles HC Doug Pederson also spoke highly of Jeffery’s effort up to this point.
“He’s competed at a high level,” Pederson said. “He’s wanting to get better. He’s taking the coaching from Coach Groh, who he knows, and he’s showing really, I think, a little bit of the veteran experience and presence out there on the field. He’s exciting to watch.“