Leading up to the 2020 NFL season, the Full Press Coverage Dallas Cowboys webpage will be examining every position for the Cowboys. The first position we will examine for the Cowboys is the wide receiver grouping. In a roster that is loaded on the offensive side of the ball, the wide receivers are going to have the opportunity to shine throughout the year. The projected starters and the depth will be examined in this article and what the expectations are for the upcoming season will be laid out as well.
Leading off the Cowboys’ wide receiver stable will be one of the best route runners in the NFL in the form of Amari Cooper. Many Dallas fans, as well as the front office view getting Cooper to re-sign is a huge win for the Cowboys this offseason. Cooper gives the Cowboys the best route runner in the league and the speed to stretch the field deep. Cooper earned his fourth Pro Bowl appearance and racked up 79 receptions for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Dallas re-signing Cooper was a huge victory this offseason, considering the Washington Redskins were attempting to sign him as well.
The second wide receiver that has continued to attract attention every season with the Cowboys is Michael Gallup. In the two seasons that Gallup has been with the Cowboys, he has done nothing but improve upon his numbers. Last season, Gallup racked up 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. With Jason Witten moving on to Las Vegas, Gallup should see his role increase in September. The tight end position is unproven going into the 2020 season and the Cowboys will be looking for a receiver to pick up some of those targets.
Jerry Jones drafted CeeDee Lamb in the first round, because he did not want history repeating itself in the form of what happened with Randy Moss several years ago. With the loss of Randall Cobb to the Houston Texans, the Cowboys had a position to fill and selected Lamb in the first round of this year’s draft. It will be entertaining to see what coach Mike McCarthy has planned for the newest Cowboy. Lamb has explosive speed and can play the outside receiver position or operate in the slot, but Amari Cooper can do the same thing. Lamb has the talent to create separation and give opposing defensive coordinators headaches. What the coaching staff does to put Cooper and Lamb on the field is going to be worth watching as the season cranks up.
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The fourth receiver position for the Cowboys is where things are going to get interesting for the coaching staff. Dallas has several players in the mix to earn the job as the fourth wide receiver. Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Devin Smith are all options to see valuable playing time this season. However, the problem with these receivers is that the three combined have only managed to haul in 15 receptions while with the Cowboys. Dallas might want to consider bringing in an experienced wide receiver that have caught more passes to solidify the fourth wide receiver position.
Meanwhile, several free agent receivers are still on the market and the Cowboys would be wise to kick the tires and consider the possibilities. The three prominent wide receivers that are drawing attention from Dallas fans are Tavon Austin, Taylor Gabriel, and Paul Richardson. Austin is a wide receiver that the Cowboys are familiar with and has performed well in a variety of roles for the Cowboys.
Gabriel has impressive speed and the league is built on speed. Gabriel has battled injuries the past few seasons, but he would add another receiver that can offer experience and can stretch the field. Perhaps, the most intriguing receiver that Dallas could consider is Paul Richardson. Richardson had last season cut short due to injuries, but he also possesses speed that could create match up problems for the Cowboys’ opposition.
The Cowboys have an explosive offense, but adding more weapons is not something Dallas has been shy about doing this offseason. Fans should expect Dallas to continue to search for players that can stretch the field and keep the offense humming along. Cowboy fans have high expectations heading into the season and to meet those expectations, the Dallas front office is making every attempt to cover all the bases.