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2020 Could be Make or Break Season for Cowboys’ WR Cedrick Wilson

Now or never, Cedrick Wilson’s opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys running out?

Two years in the NFL and two years spent mostly on Injured Reserve. That’s how Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson’s professional career has pretty much gone to date. His opportunity of earning a roster spot with the Cowboys or any other team in the league could be running out, meaning 2020 could be a make or break year for him.

The ever important Year 3 is looming over Cedrick Wilson’s head right now. This is the year that typically determines whether or not a players got what it takes to succeed in the NFL. By now we should know what Wilson can and cannot do on the field, but unfortunately for him he can’t seem to get out of his own way.

Cedrick Wilson simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy enough to prove what he’s capable of on the field. In training camp as a rookie he was being spoken highly of, but a torn labrum put a stop to that as quickly as it started. That unfortunate injury earned him a spot on Injured Reserve (IR). Basically, 2018 could have been classified as a redshirt year for him.

2019 was supposed to be different for Cedrick Wilson. He looked to be the favorite to replace Cole Beasley early in the offseason, but that all changed once the Dallas Cowboys signed veteran WR Randall Cobb. Despite Cobb’s addition though, Wilson was receiving a few opportunities here and there to show his talent on the field as both a wide receiver and punt returner.

Cedrick Wilson
Dallas Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson

Things were actually starting to look up. Wilson was starting to show flashes of the player the Dallas Cowboys thought they were getting when they drafted him in the sixth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. That’s when the unfortunate injury bug struck again. He sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter in Week 14, which again ended up landing him on IR.

There seems to be a reoccurring theme when it comes to Cedrick Wilson. Just when he starts to prove his worth and show what he can do on the field, an injury arises that puts him out of commission. If he ever wants to earn a more prominent role with the Dallas Cowboys, or any other team for that matter, he’s going to have to figure out a way to stay healthy.

That’s why 2020 is such a big year for him. I believe he has the talent to be a reliable weapon in the passing game, although that’s based on nothing more than the few flashes we’ve seen from him. I however think those flashes, few and far between they may be, are enough to give him every opportunity to prove his worth.

With the Dallas Cowboys that’s not going to be easy. They already have Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb cemented as their top three WRs. Behind them though is completely unknown and that’s where Cedrick Wilson can hopefully make his mark. He could prove to be invaluable depth if he can stay healthy.

The Dallas Cowboys will be looking for some solid depth and that’s Cedrick Wilson’s best chance of sticking around. In fact, he could be exactly what they’re looking for. He has good size (6’2″, 200), is a good route runner, has outside/inside versatility, and plays special teams. Those attributes are exactly the criteria the Cowboys should be looking for in regards to WR depth.

Of course, all of this hinges on Cedrick Wilson being able to stay healthy for an entire season.

What do you think? Will 2020 be a make or break season for Cedrick Wilson?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Wilson is one of my favorite receivers. I think he has what it takes to be a reliable contributor. He has worked very hard to get where he is and he does not quit. He was a Quarterback in High School and was not recruited heavily. He ended up going to Coffeyville Community College for two years and switched positions to Wide Receiver. After being named Junior College All-American, he transferred to Boise State and excelled as a wide Receiver for the Broncos. In 2017, he was named All-Mountain West and was the Las Vegas Bowl MVP. He gained more than 1,000 yards in his Junior and Senior seasons. Almost all of that time he played with torn ligaments in his ankle. As you noted, if he can stay healthy, he could definitely make his mark. I think he will be the #4 Wide Receiver this year. Plus, he can return punts and kicks.

  2. Good article Brian and comment David. Hope he can stay healthy and then I think he can contribute. Good depth at least. I was impressed by his 19 yds per catch at Boise State, so was happy when they drafted him.

  3. I agree with you, Wilson is a very talented player with good route running skills and sure hands. He just hasn’t been able to put it all together. To me it all starts in the off-season if he works on his body and his receiving skills during the off-season he will be a contributor, if not he might be a free agent on in another team after the season starts. I hope he stays he’s shown flashes that he could be a career cowboy.

  4. I hope he stays healthy this time….. He’s been one of my favorite receivers on the team!! I know he can be a good player for us!! He was my pet cat coming out of the draft, so obviously I was hoping we would draft him!! But as you said the injuries has cut his playing time short!! So maybe this year will be different…. Maybe he’ll stay healthy this time and then show everybody why we drafted him in the 1st place!! I really believe he can be a really good receiver in the NFL if he can just stay healthy!!

  5. I like the player in Wilson. He brings the versatility, inside/outside, deep threat, special teams; he makes the team as a perfect fit, besides the injury concerns.
    But where is his perfect fit? Is he really ready to step in if one of the top 3 goes down?
    I like him as my #5 WR on the team, due to the fact, I would love to have a veteran slotted in the #4. A veteran that would be able to cover a two or three game stretch due to injury.

    • The Cowboys drafted a WR in the first round. They signed Cooper already. I can’t even imagine Dak not getting done.
      But the Cowboys brought in A. Dalton as insurance at the QB position. I believe the cowboys have to at some point bring in an insurance guy to protect the investment at the WR position. With all the money that was/will be given out to improve the passing attack, it would be foolish to rely on a young, unproven, often injured WR in Cedrick Wilson.
      I see a few good options available now, but I believe if the Cowboys wait, a good #4 will come available at final cuts.

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