DALLAS – Mandatory minicamp is in full swing. The Cowboys held their first practice on Tuesday, and several of their draft picks would certainly have eyes on them as things got more competitive in terms of fieldwork.
Wide receiver Jalen Tolbert is one of them. He coming off nursing a hamstring issue that forced him to miss last week’s OTAs. With that taken care of, Tolbert was able to showcase, at least somewhat, the talent that has put such high expectations on his play, and he didn’t disappoint.
Tolbert spread his ability across every position at wide receiver during his days at South Alabama. He got a plethora of reps on Tuesday, including abundance from the slot position, an area the Cowboys have to replace the production of Cedrick Wilson from last season.
Largest workload we’ve seen from Jalen Tolbert this spring. Back from his hamstring injury, Tolbert got a ton of reps Tuesday, a lot of it coming in the slot.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) June 14, 2022
Highlight came in the low red zone, when Dak Prescotted sprinted out right & found him at the pylon for a TD.
The third-round pick made his biggest presence during a team session. He had two touchdowns, with one coming during a two-minute drill. Also, Tolbert displayed another talent the Cowboys may want to utilize, returning punts, as he got the lion’s share of reps there.
Tolbert has a tall task being the guy that comes after the departure of Amari Cooper from the Cowboys. Not to mention, he’s a day two draft pick, and those are expected to perform quickly, especially with the Cowboys because they don’t value high-quality free agents.
There’s no doubt that Tolbert has the talent to be effective right away, and the Cowboys will need that with Michael Gallup likely to miss the first month of the season. There’s still a ways to go, but Tolbert has checked all the boxes so far at minicamp.
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