Going into training camp, the consensus among most observers was that the Cowboys would not keep more than five wide receivers on their 53-man roster.
As such, seventh-round pick Noah Brown faced an uphill battle all of training camp, trying to prove to the Cowboys that he was good enough for them to create a sixth WR spot on the roster.
And according to Jerry Jones, talking on 105.3 The Fan, Noah Brown did just that.
Jerry Jones on rookie WR Noah Brown: "I think Noah is going to make the 53, yes."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 1, 2017
Brown and Andy Jones had been tipped as the most likely candidates for that sixth WR spot, and it looks like Brown was the one able to elevate his game enough, as Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com explains.
I’m surprised that Andy Jones faded the way he did down the stretch. I thought there was going to be a battle with him and Noah Brown, but it didn't happen. Brown was able to elevate his game while Jones struggled with injuries, which caused him to miss time. During this practice, Jones dropped a perfectly thrown slant from Kellen Moore for no reason other than a lack of concentration. Jones had his chances to make plays but much like the previous season, a dropped pass here and there will likely seal his fate. His best hope will be the practice squad, but with other young receivers showing up during camp, that might not be a given, either.
Noah Brown played the second-most snaps of any Cowboys player this preseason with 182, and tellingly, 55 of those came on special teams where Brown had carved out a niche for himself.
The decision to go long at wide receiver ups the pressure on the Cowboys to go short at other positions, like perhaps linebacker, corner, or possibly QB.