One of the biggest bets the Dallas Cowboys’ front office made heading into the season was trusting Noah Brown to step up as a starting wide receiver.

The sixth-year receiver was expected by many to be on the roster bubble, a conversation that’s surrounded him offseason after offseason. But there’s a reason why the seventh-round draft pick has stuck around the NFL this long.

The guy can play. Whether Cowboys fans were able to witness it or not was another thing. After all, he averaged 17 targets per season over the first five years of his career. Through four games this year, he already has been targeted 27 times and has 18 receptions to show for it.

That production has mostly come with a backup quarterback under center for Dallas. The amount of chemistry between the two long-time backups has been a huge part of that success, sure. But in the NFL, where you face the best football talent there is, chemistry alone won’t cut it.

Brown has brought the level of play week in and week out. Such consistency has actually put him in elite company.

As imperfect as Pro Football Focus’ grades are, you’d be surprised to hear the Cowboys’ wide receiver has the 11th-best receiving grade among wide receivers that have at least 10 targets. The top 10 includes names like Cooper Kupp, A.J. Brown, Tyreek Hill, and Stefon Diggs, among others.

Brown hasn’t done that by being schemed open by offensive coordinator Kellen Moore with fool-proof concepts, either. According to PFF, the wide receiver made five contested catches, which is tied for third-most in the NFL.

He’s also been versatile for the Cowboys’ offense, almost having a 50-50 split between snaps from the slot and snaps lined out wide.

Versus man coverage, Brown has been close to unstoppable. In 12 targets, he has nine passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Seven of those catches have gone for a first down.

What else can be said about the guy? Oh, right, I was forgetting. He has zero drops.

When the Cowboys are at full health and even James Washington is back, it’s hard to imagine Brown not remaining a starter for this offense. Third-round rookie Jalen Tolbert isn’t coming for his job either after starting the season with three games out of four as a healthy scratch.

Noah Brown came out of nowhere, but he isn’t leaving.

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