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Old 08-25-2004   #1
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Default Who wins the last receiver spot?

I have seen alot of Starling and plays specifically ran for him this offseason so I have no reason to believe the coaches don't want him to win it. However, I will predict Sloan Thomas to win the job. Yes, he hasn't run a reverse, yes Starling looks much faster but Thomas has shown some good flashes of a nice possession receiver. Both of his catches went for first downs (Yes I count the catch in Pitt a first because it was and the refs were lying). Also I hear he has done alot more in practices than Starling has.

Who do you think wins between the two of them as this is clearly the two lead canidates in the battle and why?
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Based on what I have seen on these preseason games I would have to lean on Kendrick Starling. But that doesn't mean that Sloan Thomas won't get it, but I have seen Starling more than Thomas. I hope we can keep both.
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The other one will end up on our practice squad in all likelihood.
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Based on what I have personally seen, I would favor Starling. In fact, I am thinking he becomes our punt and/or kick returner given time. That's just a guess, but I think he has the moves, speed, and skills to be a very good returner. I think if they had their druthers, Moses would be released, Starling would be the #5 WR, and Thomas the #6. I think both could develop into good WR's. Starling looks to have a little more speed, burst, and moves, while Sloan looks like a good possession receiver in the making with better than average speed.
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If it comes to a choice between them, Starling will probably get the nod due to the speed.
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I think Starling looks a little closer to being there than Thomas but I also think they'll both make nice receivers given time. I look for Thomas on the practice squad and Starling to make the regular roster.
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We have just seen a little bit of both in the two preseason games. Right now most of their body of work has been in practices which we haven't seen. Even though I am a Longhorn fan I can see that Starling has pretty special talent, so I would have to guess that he would end up with a spot on the roster if I had to chose between Starling and Thomas. However, I haven't seen how they have done in practice. Another thing distinguishing them is that Thomas has been used as a gunner on special teams while Starling has been used as a return man. Thomas has had experience at Texas returning kickoffs, but I don't know if he will get a chance to try that as a Texan.

Since AJ won't be playing against the Broncos we should get a chance to see more of these two guys, as well as Armstrong. Armstrong will now be in the starting 3 WR packages, while either Starling or Thomas will be in the starting 4 WR packages.
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