Wide receiver has quickly become one of the biggest concerns in Dallas Cowboys training camp. Injuries have whittled down the position to the point fans are desperate for veteran reinforcements in free agency.
The front office remains reluctant to bring in someone, citing faith in their young talent to step up. It’s a risky approach, no doubt.
You can’t deny there’s talent, but experience is a critical variable in the NFL’s formula for success. And right now, Terence Steele has more receiving touchdowns than every other Cowboys active wide receiver not named CeeDee Lamb.
For now, though, the front office stays true to its word. So why are they so confident in their young receivers?
Truth be told, many of them appear to be consistently impressing in Oxnard. Noah Brown (still 26 years old) is making plays, and TJ Vasher and Simi Fehoko have shown flashes of their high-end traits.
But there’s another wide receiver that might be inspiring such confidence within the Cowboys.
Undrafted rookie Dennis Houston, a native Texan, started turning heads in OTAs. Now two weeks into training camp and with pads on, that hasn’t changed.
Dak caps off the hurry up offense with a scramble TD.— Skywalker Steele (@SkywalkerSteele) August 6, 2022
But it was Dennis Houston on back to back catches that got him and the offense in a flow. Dak trust Houston pic.twitter.com/314Hc2Msdn
Boosting Houston’s shot at the 53-man roster is none other than starting quarterback Dak Prescott. One always needs to take praise from teammates with a grain of salt, but Dak’s comments on the rookie stand out from those of other receivers.
“He’s where I expect him to be each and every play,” said Prescott in his most recent press conference.
He also praised Houston’s work ethic and hunger for feedback, saying “he’s coming back and asking about things, communicating about things.”
When discussing Houston on The Blitz (SA Sports Star), Prescott also had inspiring comments on the Cowboys’ rookie.
“He’s done everything the right way,” shared Dak Prescott. “If nobody told you he was an undrafted rookie, you wouldn’t think that by any means.”
The Cowboys have seemed versatility from their wide receivers as they expect to line up Lamb and Jalen Tolbert everywhere. Prescott believes Houston can do so as well.
Cowboys QB @dak joined @JasonMinnix @joereinagel210 on the Blitz yesterday and spoke on San Antonio's own Dennis Houston and how he's showing out at Camp so far— SASportsStar (@SASportsStar) August 3, 2022
Full interview at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Coverage 2022 https://t.co/o8fpjeYOmo pic.twitter.com/zfsqP2szXh
As Dak Prescott enters his seventh season as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, his input on the wide receiver room should be taken seriously by the front office. After all, he’s the guy the team is betting on to elevate the offense.
Just like the Cowboys asked him for input throughout the process of drafting Jalen Tolbert, Dak will likely have a say on the final group that makes up the WR core.
Dennis Houston has the right sponsor to make the 53-man roster.
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