When the Cowboys brought in Sanjay Lal to be their new receivers coach much was made about him being a teacher.
There was a sense of stagnation when it came to the receivers over the course of 2017. Dez Bryant didn’t eclipse 100 yards once, Terrance Williams didn’t catch a touchdown, and Cole Beasley failed to have a game with more than four receptions.
Coach Lal will be tasked with improving this group, although the group itself is significantly different. Gone are Dez, Brice Butler, and Ryan Switzer. New names like Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Tavon Austin (kind of), Michael Gallup, and Cedrick Wilson have joined those that stayed. One of them is already impressing in just the second week of OTAs.
Sanjay joined the Doomsday Podcast this week and was asked about those that could help fill the void left by Dez. He elaborated on a few players, including Noah Brown and Lance Lenoir, but he spoke particularly highly of sixth-round rookie Cedrick Wilson.
Ced’s picked up the offense probably better than most of the guys in the room. And now it’s becoming like, “Okay we need a guy to run in there, Ced, go in,” and he knows what to do. Today (Wednesday) he scored a touchdown.
It certainly bodes well for Wilson’s chances at making the 53-man roster that he’s learned the offense so quickly. As Sanjay notes it’s something as simple as knowing the offense that can lead to more opportunities for you (in this case Cedrick) than for someone else.
Considering Sanjay is someone who puts such a strong emphasis on intellect at the position, it’s understandable that Cedrick’s success in the classroom stands out to him. It’s still early on in this entire process, but those who have #16 as a pet cat (raises hand) should feel good entering June.