David Porter was ready. The former TCU receiver had his bag packed, waiting for a phone call from an NFL team after his release from the Denver Broncos.
“I had that bag packed, with just a few things, just in case,” Porter said.
The Cowboys called him four days – “it felt like four years” – later. He showed up in Oxnard at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, signed his contract and walked out on the practice field four hours later.
Three touchdowns later, Porter had made an impression on Jason Garrett.
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“It was one of the great debuts I’ve ever seen in my life,” the Cowboys coach said. “He’s someone that we liked coming in obviously to bring him in for the workout, and we’re glad we did.”
Porter caught 74 passes for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career at TCU. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the first team that called. But his stay in Denver was so short that the highlight was one caught ball from Peyton Manning in a warmup drill.
“It was pretty awesome,” Porter said.
Lucky Whitehead, also an undrafted free agent, has the inside track on the fifth receiver spot. But Porter has played himself into the practice squad conversation.
He can help himself even more Sunday against the 49ers in his first preseason game.
“I still have a lot to prove,” Porter said. “I haven’t played in a game yet. I still have to go out on Sunday and show them what I really can do in a game-time situation.”
Porter packed light, bringing only plain, white T-shirts, basketball shorts, a pair of sweats, a pair of slacks, a dress shirt, dress shoes, tennis shoes and a phone charger with him to camp. He hopes, though, that his stay lasts much longer.