It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys receiving corps is already getting battle tested. Arguably the position group hit the hardest this off-season, the team is giving much-needed reps to many of their young prospects.

The decision to trade Amari Cooper, the losses of Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner in free agency, and the rehab of Michael Gallup leaves only CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown as the only available pass-catchers on the field from 2021.

On top of reloading, injuries continue to plague the Cowboys WR corps. Opening up plenty of interesting progressions during OTA’s.

Seeing Jalen Tolbert returning punts is interesting considering it was Wilson and Lamb as the primary returners last season. With Wilson gone and Lamb as the new WR1, the Dallas Cowboys are exploring all avenues to fill these positions. However, it is unfortunate he isn’t  a full go just yet.

Speaking of returning punts, Tony Pollard, the Cowboys primary kick returner is also taking snaps at receiver in the slot. A good sign, as many believe he can be the team’s versatile offensive weapon in the same breath as Deebo Samuel.

Is this from lack of faith in their current play-makers? Or a realization of their organizational failure to not use Pollard more than he should have been? The use of Pollard as a RB/WR hybrid like Samuel, or Cordarrelle Patterson, might be exactly what the offense needs. Especially with all the young talent forced to take snaps with the starters.

Can players like Simi Fehoko and TJ Vasher take the next step? Both are tall, up-field receivers with similar deficiencies. Fehoko is a tall, speedy receiver who had a limited route tree coming out of Stanford, while Vasher is a tall, thing play-maker who’s primarily a mismatch target. Neither are developed route runners, but are getting plenty of first-team reps out of need.

It raises the question of if the Cowboys really need to consider the open market. They’re tied to free agent Will Fuller, but are showing no signs of panic just yet. However, if health and lack of development continue to be factors it may be out of their hands. Despite the desire for young, home-grown talent.

Fellow WR’s Brandon Smith and Tyler Fryfogle are on the receiving end, and getting plenty of looks for it.

Seeing these young WR’s receive reps is great for the sake of development. With little to no experience on the roster, the development is getting pushed on this group. Bringing them up to speed should injuries become a factor.

With all the injuries already plaguing the team, it’s a safe bet some of them will be called upon during the season.

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