The Cowboys suffered a blow to their receiving corp when James Washington went down with a fractured foot in training camp that will keep him sidelined for six to 10 weeks.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed that despite the injury to Washington that there was no urgency to sign a veteran receiver. Earlier this week, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who will be the team’s top target this season, somewhat echoed Jones’s thoughts but also mentioned experience help would be welcomed.

“We can play it out for a while,” Lamb said. “I’m not opposed to having another vet in here. I’m never against having help. But I like my young guys right now. I want to see what they can do.”

Names like Odell Beckham, Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Emmanuel Sanders, and former Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley are all on the open market. Instead, the Cowboys are sticking to their usual philosophy of relying on their draft picks and in-house talent at least for the time being.

Dallas does have some intriguing options at receiver outside of Lamb, albeit unproven ones. Of course, there’s Jalen Tolbert, the Cowboys’ third-round pick who will fill the WR2 role until Michael Gallup returns from his torn ACL which he suffered on Week 17 of last season. T. J. Vasher, who stands around 6-foot-6, has gotten off to a good start making his case for a roster spot after spending last season on the practice squad with his spectacular one-handed catch on second-year cornerback Kelvin Joseph.

Then there’s KaVontae Turpin, the 2022 USFL MVP who stands only 5-foot-7 and weighs just under 160 pounds. However, his springy legs and speed could serve as an under-the-radar weapon in the return game (led USFL with 15.3 yards per punt return in 2022) in addition to the receiver room.

Regardless of what happens with those three guys, with Amari Cooper now gone, Lamb has to be the top guy in the passing game. That means that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore must make him a focal point in the offense which will allow Gallup and others to feed off of the attention he receives.

Despite being the second option a season ago, Lamb led the Cowboys in yards (1,102), targets (120), receptions (79), and yards per catch (13.9). Therefore, it was unfathomable that he only received five targets and catch one pass in the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. That’s an indictment on Moore and something that can’t happen this season.

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