Dallas Cowboys search for WR3
Because we all know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, perhaps the Dallas Cowboys should keep their eyes focused on players in their own backyard. Cedrick Wilson, or just “Ced”’round these parts, has been a coaches favorite since he came to Dallas in 2018 as the 208th pick.
The lanky WR out of Boise State was a well-studied and eager learner from the start. Jason Garrett used him as a universal key that knew the roles and responsibilities of all three top receiver spots. That versatility has served Ced well through a coaching regime change and makes him a highly sought-after receiver this year considering he’s never been more than a WR4 in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys saw first-hand what Ced can do in a bigger role. When Michael Gallup went down last season, it was Wilson who stepped up and filled the role. In Dallas, 79.5% of Wilson’s snaps have come in the slot (per PFF), but as stated earlier, he has the ability to play any three giving Kellen Moore a little leeway to get creative.
Last season Ced posted his best season as a pro, catching 45 balls for 602 yards, six touchdowns, 9.9 yards/target, and a 73.8% catch percentage. When targeted he offers up a 116.2 passer rating making him one of the more efficient pass-catchers on the team.
Additionally, Cedrick Wilson has developed a special rapport with Dak Prescott over the years. When things break down the two tend to connect with each other. Spotrec estimates Wilson to command a three-year/$19 million contract for roughly $6.5 million per year.