One of the biggest conundrums coming into the season for the Cowboys, albeit their fault for trading Amari Cooper, was how their wide receiver group would perform. Added to Cooper’s departure is the fact that Michael Gallup won’t be available when the season starts next month and free-agent addition James Washington recently went down with a fractured foot and will miss six to 10 weeks.

With Cooper gone, it means that CeeDee Lamb would be given the keys to lead the receiver position for the Cowboys, especially after making his first Pro Bowl in 2021. Prescott was been supportive of Lamb’s ability as a No. 1 option all offseason. Lamb has been up to his usual playmaking tricks in training camp as he prepares for more responsibility and an increased role.

Prescott recently talked about the Cowboys’ offense featuring Lamb and how their trust has grown during the offseason.

“CeeDee is a guy that wants the ball, expects the ball,” Prescott said. “When one guy is on him he’s not covered in his head. And I appreciate that and like that. So I think in that sense yeah, as [offensive coordinator] Kellen [Moore] said, we’ll feature him. Some plays will be designed to get it to him but in a case where everybody is one on one across the board, yeah, he’s our guy to go to.

“We’re just going to continue to try to build our trust in each other and just all the routes and it’s been growing fast honestly since the spring, into training camp. It’s exciting.”

The one good thing about injuries is that it allows a team to see what other guys, who wouldn’t normally get reps, can do when they are asked to step up. Jalen Tolbert, the Cowboys’ third-round pick in April, was going to be a big part of the offense regardless, but with Gallup and now Washington out for a while, he’ll need to do more as the complement to Lamb. Dennis Houston, who went undrafted out of Western Illinois, has been making waves consistently at training camp and has made himself a serious contender for a roster spot if he continues to impress.

Prescott touched on how these two talented youngsters have taken the initiative to make themselves available for whatever the Cowboys need them to do, which can lead to playing time when it matters the most.

“A lot of young guys have stepped up,” said Prescott. “Just to say one would be cheating the other. But obviously Dennis Houston and Tolbert, just to start off on who have been in there and taken more reps. You’re asking ‘Hey, give us an X, give us a Z,’ just coming in, just trying to play whatever position and be available to the offense. That’s how you get on the field, doing as many things as you can and doing it at a high level. That’s what these young guys are doing right now.”

Names not to forget are Simi Fehoko, Noah Brown, and T.J. Vasher who have all stepped up their game as well in Oxnard. The battle for who will fill out the Cowboys’ final receiver spots will be one of the most intriguing storylines during the preseason.

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