Last season, the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster carried six receivers and while the top three have been solidified with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, the final three have yet to be decided. The Cowboys did some work to get better at the positing during the draft by selecting Stanford receiver Simi Fehoko. They also made receivers a priority in free agency after the draft signing receivers Osirus Mitchell (Mississippi St.), Brandon Smith (Iowa), Brennan Eagles (Texas), and TJ Vasher (Texas Tech).
Out of this group, you would assume that the Cowboys are more likely to keep Fehoko on the roster since they used a draft pick on him. In that case, Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown will battle it out with the undrafted free agents the Cowboys brought in to fill the final two receiver positions. Of the two, Wilson showed the most on the field as a receiver when given the opportunity last season, so you could see him having a leg up in the competition on the others. Brown, on the other hand, has been mainly used as a blocking receiver and at times on the line to block as well. So we could see him being pushed off the roster if he can’t show that he can do more on the field as a receiver other than a blocker and seldom-used passing threat.
The Cowboys did their homework on the UDFAs brought in very quarterback-friendly receivers for Dak Prescott to potentially target in games thanks to their height and wingspan which average out to 34’ for each receiver. Eagles, Mitchell, and Vasher all come in over 6’4 and 200 lbs, while Smith comes in at 6’2 just like Wilson and Brown. All four of the young receivers coming in are going to be eager to make this team using their athleticism and speed to get ahead of Wilson and Brown. While Wilson and Brown will use their knowledge of the scheme and tricks learned to beat defenders off the line to their advantage.
Sadly for Wilson and Brown, this coaching staff didn’t draft them. They have no allegiance to Wilson or Brown, and could be looking to move on in an effort to get players they like in on the Cowboys roster and rid themselves of players they deem expendable so they can get bigger and faster. But if Wilson can continue to help this time on special teams then he could hold down his role and Brown could be the odd man out by the time the season begins.