The Dallas Cowboys may be looking to carry more than their typical amount of wide receivers into the regular season. Let’s take a look at the competition.
The Dallas Cowboys keyword this offseason is competition. That applies to every position on the roster and wide receiver is arguably the most competitive spot of all. The Cowboys currently have ten plus wide receivers at OTA’s and this could mean the team is looking to keep more receivers than usual for the regular season. Let’s take a look at some of the receivers who should make this team.
The Dallas Cowboys clear cut number one wide receiver has to be Allen Hurns. He is extremely efficient and physical with his play style. He is the only player who truly can line up at the X position just like Dez Bryant.
He has shown solid chemistry already with Dak Prescott and we are not even in training camp. After Hurns, the next man up should be Cole Beasley. The former SMU player has the most chemistry with Prescott and has proven to be his safety blanket in the past so it is clear that his spot on the roster is safe.
Michael Gallup the teams third round pick also should be safe from being cut as he has impressed the coaching staff during his time at OTA’s. He runs his routes violently, aggressively, and gets a ton of separation. He could be a sleeper in terms of receivers who make the most impact.
Tavon Austin is also a pretty safe lock to make the roster as he can line up as a wide receiver or running back so that not only gives him some position flex but gives us an idea of how the Cowboys are planning to use him. Lastly, we have Terrance Williams who is on thinner ice than when the offseason began, however with the way his contract is structured it would make more sense to keep him this year than cut him.
Not to say that he is immune from being released that is a possibility if he is suspended and guarantees that were in his contract were nullified. That leaves us at five receivers who are pretty much a lock to make the 53 man roster. I can absolutely see the team carrying two more because we have not even talked about some of the most exciting additions to this football club.
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Cedrick Wilson is a low key favorite with the coaching staff. He works hard, can stretch the field, and is a terrific option on the outside. Will he beat out players like Hurns or Beasley to start out, probably not, however, he could give them a run for their money in a year or two.
He has picked up the playbook faster than any of his counterparts in the receiver corps and that is pretty impressive. Wilson is not the only player who has impressed the coaching staff, Noah Brown is getting his fair share of opportunities as well.
Brown is talent that was developed in-house and was expected to finally get his opportunity as well. His main competition will likely be Lance Lenoir another talented and versatile receiver.
Brown has a tremendous catch radius and solid route-running skills so he is in this race just as much as anyone else. We have not even discussed Deonte Thompson, Maliek Earl, or Lenoir in detail which just illustrates the depth the Dallas Cowboys have at the wide receiver position.
Thompson is lining up more as an outside receiver and he could potentially be the fastest receiver on the roster. The Cowboys are looking for speed and at 29 Thompson has that and veteran experience for days. He also was a free agent acquisition so releasing him was not likely part of the plan.
Now why does Dallas have so many receivers, is this a pupu platter of receiving talent for Dak? Will he get to try each flavor and find out which style really suits him as a signal caller? Or is this insurance in case Terrance Williams does anything else that makes waves?
It seems more likely that the plan is to carry seven receivers to make up for a lot of lost production and with the talent on this roster, it just might work.