OXNARD, Calif. (TNS) — Over the last three weeks of training camp, receiver Lance Lenoir making acrobatic catches has become a regular occurrence.
That hasn't taken the fun out of it. And each grab matters, since Lenoir is likely fighting for one of the final available roster spots at receiver. The Cowboys signed Lenoir as an undrafted free agent out of Western Illinois in 2017. He spent last season on the practice squad, but was promoted to the active roster before the final game.
In Thursday night's preseason game at San Francisco, Lenoir freed himself from his defender and made a diving catch, somehow tapping his feet in bounds.
"Came in and made a play," Lenoir said. "I had a spin for faking a dig (route) and bringing it back out, selling it good, making the DB turn his hips and just made a nice catch. Coach always tells me catch the ball and feel the sideline. I knew I was close to the sideline, so I just felt it and dragged my toes."
Backup quarterback Cooper Rush said Lenoir bailed him out of a bad throw on the play with the catch.
Lenoir said he feels more comfortable this season with last year's experiences behind him. He's developed a rapport with starting quarterback Dak Prescott in practices, as evidenced in the video below from Saturday's practice.
"Lance did a good job," head coach Jason Garrett said of the preseason game. "We try to give him some good opportunities both as a receiver and as a punt returner. What you want to see is a guy go show who he is. You saw that. He is a competitive guy. He has a good feel for playing. He showed up in the game."
Lenoir said he's confident in what he offers.
"I had no jitters (Thursday)," he said. "I was out there ready to ball, ready to beat the odds."