The Dallas Cowboys have been questionable in their creation of the wide receiver depth chart. From free agency through the NFL Draft. While the team lost players like Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner, they retained Michael Gallup and Noah Brown. Even using their third-round selection on Jalen Tolbert, a rookie with a high upside and third-level route running ability.
Now that training camp is here, the fans are getting their first glimpses at this WR group. Even without pads yet put on, there are already a number of play-makers making plays.
A great sign considering that behind CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, who won’t be available for at least the first regular season game, and even Tony Pollard used in the slot, it’s largely unknown. Brown and James Washington are the only other vets who’ve caught a pass in an NFL game, but neither are guaranteed a spot on the final 53.
That leaves the door open for players like Simi Fehoko or TJ Vasher to potentially take them instead. Vasher is showing off his hand skills and long length, while Fehoko is reportedly coming along with his route running. Putting together his combination of size and speed.
This is why people are excited about TJ Vasher. Goodness what a snag. pic.twitter.com/FcRdlMz1MI— David Helman (@davidhelman_) July 29, 2022
There’s even a new burst of speed by way of USFL MVP KaVonte Turpin. His lack of daunting size is compensated for his intense speed and ability to run east and west, just as effectively as north and south.
He had six career returns for touchdowns at TCU, but was used as an all-around player in the USFL. Catching, running and returning kicks. Despite his concerning past, it’s not hard to imagine how effective he could be used as a player.
Cowboys are bringing in WR Kavontae Turpin and plan to sign the 2022 USFL MVP, source confirms to @usatodaysports. Turpin led USFL with 540 receiving yards (921 all-purpose) while flashing elusiveness like this:pic.twitter.com/1S8lnPV7Ro— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) July 28, 2022
While none of these WR’s are going to supplant the rookie Tolbert, but what is happening is an exhale. While there’s not much experience among the Dallas Cowboys receivers, there’s renewed optimism.
Optimism that one or more of these young players can fulfill their upside. Rejuvenating a passing attack that needs all the juice it can drink.
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