Irvin, during a break from his radio show, told me that he would love to work with T.O. for a few weeks and he could take his game to another level.
I agree because T.O. is not a natural pass catcher. That is one reason why he drops the ball a lot.
Irvin did put on a Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt and shorts to work with three young players, mainly second year man Isiah Stanback.
Stanback is raw because he was a quarterback in college at Washington and is trying to learn how to play receiver in the NFL. He spent most of his rookie year hurt and only played in two games.
Irvin spent a lot of time teaching him about getting in and out of breaks. “The little things”, the Playmaker called them. Owner Jerry Jones and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett asked Irvin to work with the receivers during camp.
I asked Irvin if Stanback would make the team. He said, “You can’t give up on raw talent like that.” Then he started to talk about the last time the Cowboys gave up on a young guy like that, Jimmy Smith.
I remember Jimmy being in Cowboys camp back in Austin. I covered that 1993 training camp. Smith was let go and went on to have a tremendous career in Jacksonville. Irvin said they can’t let Stanback get away.