DALLAS – Losing wide receiver Amari Cooper was a huge blow to the Cowboys’ offense. Dallas will likely be without Michael Gallup to start the 2022 season also as he continues to rehab a torn ACL he suffered in January.

That leaves quite a hole in the passing game for Dallas. However, All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott sees this as an opportunity for other guys at the wide receiver position to step up.

He went into detail about who can do so when he spoke with Jori Epstein of USA Today on Wednesday.

“I think it’s going to be good for us for Dak to be able to work with some of these young receivers who are going to play like Simi (Fehoko) and we just picked up James Washington”, Elliot said. “A couple guys he might not have had as many reps with the past couple years he’s going to be getting familiar with. It’ll be good for him to be out there getting reps with those guys and getting familiarity with each other.”

Fehoko was the Cowboys’ fifth-round selection in the 2021 NFL draft. His 6-foot-4 frame and 4.39 speed make him a potential matchup nightmare. Unfortunately, Fehoko was buried on the depth chart during his rookie campaign and only logged seven offensive snaps and didn’t record a single reception.

With Cooper gone, Fehoko has one less body to contend with for playing time, and if former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is right about his analysis of Fehoko, he could make some noise in 2022.

Washington spent his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A former Biletnikoff winner during his days at Oklahoma State, Washington will be used to stretch the field as a vertical threat. The aforementioned Bryant predicted that Washington would join the Cowboys during free agency, and if he can draw enough attention down the field, it will open up the passing game when it comes to slants and crossing routes.

Rookie Jalen Tolbert can be added to this as well. During his time at South Alabama, Tolbert played every position at wide receiver. That type of versatility could serve the Cowboys well seeing as CeeDee Lamb can also play the slot and on the outside and Gallup began taking snaps in the slot last summer.

There’s certainly some intriguing young talent at receiver in Dallas. Whether or not they can replace what Cooper brought to the table remains to be seen. However, for the Cowboys’ sake, it’s good to have some promising alternatives to make up for his departure.

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