UPDATE: The Cowboys have reportedly signed WR Ricky Jeune for camp.
The Cowboys signed WR Ricky Jeune and placed WR Cedrick Wilson on Reserve/Injured. Wilson, a sixth-round pick, injured his shoulder in practice over the weekend. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) July 31, 2018
Here is the original post on Jeune:
Sunday, reports broke that sixth-round rookie wideout Cedrick Wilson tore his labrum during Saturday’s practice. Monday, we took a look at what Wilson’s injury could mean for the rest of the receivers room. Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, and Deonte Thompson have a big opportunity to make their mark on this positional battle.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the wide receivers and who will be catching passes from Dak Prescott in 2018, the Cowboys would like to have as much competition as possible to bring out the best out of each competitor. Competition breeds excellence, after all.
The Cowboys are not done looking at wide receivers to add to its training camp roster. ESPN’s Todd Archer reported this afternoon that the team worked out former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wideout Ricky Jeune, and that the Cowboys are looking at numbers following Wilson’s unfortunate injury.
The Cowboys are working out WR Ricky Jeune, who spent time with the Los Angeles Rams. With Cedrick Wilson out with shoulder injury, Cowboys want numbers at the position.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 31, 2018
Jeune, a former three-star recruit, is a 6-foot-3 and 212-pound pass catcher that spent three seasons as a wideout in Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack under head coach Paul Johnson. In those three seasons, Jeune grabbed 74 catches for nearly 1,500 yards and 11 scores while averaging a whopping 20.2 receiving yards per grab. The New Jersey native also ran the ball twice for a total of 70 yards in the creative offensive scheme.
The former Georgia Tech wideout was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent following this past April’s draft. Jeune became a reliable target for quarterback TaQuon Marshall in Atlanta, recording Pro Football Focus’ third-highest passer rating when targeted.
Ricky Jeune starts our countdown of the highest passer ratings when targeted among 2018 NFL Draft WRs, coming in at No. 3 pic.twitter.com/ZZ8p0hjfuD— PFF College (@PFF_College) April 3, 2018
Jeune earned some positive comments from ESPN’s Mel Kiper back in February, as the draft analyst said that he thinks Jeune “could have a nice career in the NFL”.
“I think Ricky Jeune is the most interesting one – the wide receiver,” Kiper said. “Because they’ve had a history of producing some receivers. Obviously, you know who the big names were. I think he is a guy that fights for the ball, he makes plays after the catch, he’ll block very effectively. I think Ricky Jeune is that under-the-radar wide receiver somebody’s going to get, probably day 3. I think he could have a nice career in the NFL.”
His collegiate coach had this to say about him:
“Does he have a chance at the next level?” Johnson asked at his weekly news conference Tuesday. “I think he’ll have a chance. I think somebody’ll take him into camp and he’ll have a chance.”
“I think Ricky’s changed his body a lot since he came,” Johnson said. “He’s leaned up, gotten stronger, probably increased his speed. I think he’s worked really, really hard at it, at his craft, and he’s improved a great deal from the time he came in.”
Draft Prospect Outlook:
Physical, go-route receiver who can win in contested-catch situations. Not a burner. Bigger body helps him at the catch point and with the ball in his hands. Developmental outside guy.
A 247Sports Composite three-star recruit out of Montvale, New Jersey, Jeune started 11 games as a redshirt sophomore after seeing little action the previous year, catching 24 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns. He added 25 catches for 427 yards and one touchdown in his junior year, while also logging a 40-yard carry
Jeune’s senior year was similar to his previous two, as he again caught 25 passes. However, he posted career highs in receiving yards (545) and touchdowns (six). Two of his scores came in the home opener against Jacksonville State, while he managed a season-high 96 yards with three catches and one score at Virginia. Jeune caught just one pass the following week against Virginia Tech, but it was an 80-yard touchdown. He closed the second with another touchdown on two catches for 38 yards against Georgia. -- R.J. White
It’s important to note that the Cowboys have not made a deal with Jeune and that they very well decide to go in a different direction, but it is interesting that the team worked him out following Wilson’s injury. Jeune ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at his pro day back in March.
We will see what happens here. One thing is for sure, though, the Cowboys appear to be doing their due diligence in bringing in another body for camp.