Dallas Cowboys training camp: Maybe the kids are fine at receiver

While the Dallas Cowboys did finally do something about the depth issues, it was at linebacker with the signing of Anthony Barr. That still leaves a few other areas of concern. One of the best known is wide receiver, where experience level has taken a hit with the injury of James Washington. As you may have heard, that leaves the team with only CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown who have already caught a pass in an NFL regular season game until Michael Gallup can return from his wound. Lamb is only in his third season, while Brown has seen very limited use so far in his career with a grand total of 39 catches over four seasons, none of which for a touchdown. With a stated approach of having no rush to sign another veteran receiver, the plan appears to be to roll with those two plus a third-round rookie, sophomore player who hasn’t seen any real game action all season. latest, and a whole bunch of current and old UDFAs. The odds seem long that it will work.

Well, the staff seems to be channeling Han Solo into not wanting to hear the odds. And in Thursday’s training camp practice at Oxnard, those receivers were doing everything they could to prove they were up for the challenge.

And working on a shorter route was TJ Vasher, who already has the camp hold under his belt.

Could the Cowboys pull this off? A healthy skepticism is always justified. These are just camp practices. Preseason games can tell a different story, let alone the regular season. But that hardly looks like a sloppy receiver from a committee situation like Dallas tried to work with in 2018. That, of course, was so bad they had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to bring in Amari Cooper. to save things. Ironically, the decision to trade Cooper for a pittance was a major factor in the receiver’s concern. They also opted out of trying to keep Cedrick Wilson, who could qualify for a starting job if he was still on the team.

Both Jerry and Stephen Jones said words to the effect of “we love our guys” when asked about the wide receiver’s situation. It should be noted that the names mentioned above, except Tolbert, are all players who have been with the team for at least one season, even though they are not on the pitch for games. The coaches have a certain idea of ​​the players and their work ethic, which may have instilled some confidence in the squad. The main UDFA 2022 seems to be Dennis Houston. He didn’t show up in the gossip on Thursday, but has already done a lot with one and both and has done well.

The real key will be the top three WRs until Gallup is back in the mix. Lamb is the undisputed WR1. Jalen Tolbert has an outstanding rookie camp and likely has an almost locked-in starting job. And it looks like Brown will complete that trio.

So if they have those three and some good backups, probably two from Simi Fehoko, Vasher and Houston, that can be a viable target set for Dak Prescott.

Plus, wide receivers aren’t the only ones who play a role in the passing game. Dalton Schultz makes plays at every practice and is usually the one Prescott is looking for when he has to improvise under pressure. We all hope Tony Pollard gets more involved as a receiver to use his skills and talent. Even Ezekiel Elliott was getting in on the act with a game that would be great to see pop up in the regular season.

There is even a joker in KaVontae Turpin. He was acquired primarily to give the team another option for punt and kick returns, but he also shows impressive ability when used as a lunge receiver. He could also be very dangerous on throwing sweeps, a sort of complement to the passing game.

Again, we are only talking about practices. But all of these players have had good runs and carried most of the balls that come close. They resemble NFL receivers, which was sorely lacking in the failed 2018 experiment. With some creative help from Kellen Moore, the team just might make it work and work well.

Reserve some judgment until the games start counting. We can still admit that things are looking much better than we imagined just a few weeks ago.

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