The Cowboys are overhauling their receiving depth. They drafted an additional pass-catching threat to complement an already deep corps that included Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup.
And now they’ve got extra servicemen to man the fort in their receiver’s room. Dallas just inked a deal with former Ohio State wideout Johnnie Dixon this past week, as announced by his agent.
Dixon, who spent five years with the Buckeyes after redshirting his freshman season during Ohio State’s 2014 National Championship, went undrafted in 2019. He signed a free agent’s contract with the Texans that same year, but was cut after preseason play. Dixon went on to latch onto Arizona’s practice squad for the season’s remainder.
Numerous lower body injuries ultimately derailed his tenure with the squad, and he was let go after that season. The injury bug has been a recurring theme for Dixon throughout his career. A former four-star prospect out of West Palm Beach, Florida, Dixon had to overcome numerous ailments during his time with the Buckeyes.
One such injury: a knee impairment that almost brought his playing days to a complete halt in between his sophomore and junior seasons.
But he would not be deterred, and emerged back on the gridiron better than ever, rounding out his time with the Scarlet and Gray with a doozy of a senior season, recording 42 receptions for 669 yards and eight touchdowns.
He finished his career with 67 total catches, 1,146 yards and 16 TDs, good for 11th in school history. His 17.1 yards per catch average cemented him at 12th all-time as well.
Dixon’s going to have a long road ahead of him as he attempts to climb up a loaded positional group. The total number of players that make up Dallas’ WR depth chart was 13, and Dixon will be occupant No. 14.
He’s got an insatiable nose for the ball, with speed to make him a very capable vertical deep threat. Plus, he’ll benefit from the tutelage of several already-established playmaking threats. Let’s see he’ll be able to sustain a position for the long term.