I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Noah Brown is currently a top-3 WR on the Dallas Cowboys. The former seventh round pick in the 2017 Draft, the guy who’s NEVER caught a touchdown pass, the receiver no one cheers for, is on track to start in Week 1.
While this has more to do with the health and unavailability of Michael Gallup, it also speaks to Noah Brown and the tremendous training camp he’s having. One of the most consistent receiving targets on the team, Brown has been a mainstay on the Dallas Cowboys first unit.
Dallas Cowboys fans couldn’t be less thrilled with Noah Brown’s firm standing on the team this year.
To say Cowboys Nation is less than thrilled with Brown’s standing on the team, is a bit of an understatement. Many fans gave up on Brown years ago and those who stayed on, turned their backs last season when they witnessed one drop too many from the former Ohio State Buckeye.
Used primarily as run-blocking specialist, it’s easy to see why fans cheer for more dynamic play-making options. Brown’s game just isn’t very sexy. In his five-year career Brown has only amassed 39 receptions for 425 yards. That’s not exactly what you expect from a five-year year vet.
The thinking is, if he hasn’t broken out by now, he’s probably never going to break out.
It’s true, most NFL WRs breakout in Year 2 or 3 of their professional careers. And given all the opportunities Brown has had in his career (228 snaps in 2020, 302 snaps in 2021) the opportunities have certainly been there. So is this whole, standout of training camp thing, just a mirage?
It could be, but the consistency is hard to ignore. Lots of players flash big plays each year, but the guys who prove to be legit are usually the ones who are the steadiest each practice. Brown has been that. Brown is also the best blocking WR on the team (and it’s not even close). Kellen Moore loves to use him in a variety of ways, and Brown doesn’t require receptions to stay engaged in the game plan.
It’s also important to point out how young Brown is. Despite being a five-year vet, Brown is just 26-years-old. He was drafted uber-raw and uber-young and has seemingly improved every year he’s been in Dallas. It only makes sense he’s taking the next step in his development.
Obviously CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup are one and two, and it seems the Dallas Cowboys are hellbent on making the rookie Jalen Tolbert WR3. Simi Fehoko is also standing out in camp, and he comes with a ceiling that’s through the roof. But with him being a little less consistent and Gallup temporarily out of the equation, Noah Brown is firmly in the Cowboys top-3 right now.
Noah Brown may not have a high ceiling anymore but his floor is abnormally high and fans should be thrilled to have someone like Brown elevating his game this year.