Dallas Cowboys: Top Five Free Agent Receivers to Target

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins /
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The Dallas Cowboys passing attack fell off a cliff this past season after averaging over 230 yards per game in 2016, they dropped to a paltry 196.3 in 2017. That’s good enough for 26th in the NFL.

Many, including yours truly, pointed out they severely lacked speed at the outside X and Z spots. Without that speed, opponents had no trouble single covering Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams on the outside, and were able to clog the middle with personnel as well as cheat a safety to stop the run.

Let the trickledown effect begin.

That lack of speed and/or ability to beat single coverage bogged the Cowboys offense down and prevented them from repeating their success from a season before.

While speed is a priority, it isn’t the end-all be-all in the hunt for a free agent receiver. Overall talent and consistency cannot be ignored. Ideally, the Cowboys find a player to play the X or Z receiver spot on the outside.  But that doesn’t mean the right inside slot man can be ignored.

With all talent being considered, there is a diverse spectrum of talent on this top-5 list.