There has been a lot of talk this offseason about who the sixth wide receiver will be when roster cuts come on September 1st. At the start of training camp, there seemed to be a three-way competition to win the job. The three candidates were Lance Lenoir, Cedrick Wilson, and Noah Brown. Through two weeks of practice, only one is on the field and making an impression for his coaches and teammates.
Lance Lenoir is known for being a Will McClay guy. Lenoir signed with the team as an undrafted free agent back in June of last year. At 5-foot-11, 200-lbs, Lenoir displays nuanced route running ability and reliable hands. Lenoir stuck on the practice squad in 2017 doing just that, and is looking to be more than just a practice squad player in 2018. He’s certainly off to a good start with Cedrick Wilson on injured-reserve, Noah Brown sidelined with an injury, and how he’s showing out in training camp.
Not only is Lenoir getting more opportunities due to all the injuries at the position, but he’s also playing at an extremely high level two weeks into training camp. For an UDFA receiver that lacks ideal size, ideal athleticism, and has yet to make his mark in the league, building a relationship with the starting quarterback is a great place to start, and that’s exactly what he has done so far this offseason. Whether it’s working with Dak on the field after practice, going on fishing trips with Dak and the core group of receivers before camp kicks off, or being a reliable target for Dak in practices, it’s safe to say that the third-year quarterback trusts Lenoir both on and off the field. This relationship is already showing up in a big way on the field in training camp. After every practice, different media members are highlighting how good Lenoir looks, and how much Dak loves his second-year receiver.
David Helman of the mothership doesn’t hold back when giving his opinion on what he thinks the Cowboys starting quarterback thinks of Lance Lenoir.
Dak Prescott likes Lance Lenoir and you will too on this play. pic.twitter.com/q824DLhOcY— Babe Laufenberg (@BabeLaufenberg) August 1, 2018
Former Cowboys quarterback and now media member Babe Laufenberg reiterates just how much Dak likes Lance. He also seems to like the route and catch, too.
Entering training camp Lance Lenoir’s chances of making the roster were probably less than 50%, but now with the injuries at the position, and the fact that he has been one of the best receivers in training camp, those odds are now higher than ever. For Lance, if he keeps showing up in a positive way in practice, keeps building his relationship with Dak Prescott, and has a good preseason, he will make it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him. So far, so good.