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2021 Offseason: Did Cowboys Get Better or Worse at Wide Receiver?

We continue our “Better or Worse” offseason review series with the wide receiver position. With few changes made on offense this year, could 4th-round rookie Simi Fehoko wind up being the most significant new face in 2021?

You will notice a consistent theme throughout the offense; the Cowboys are banking on returning veterans and continued growth of young talent. Nearly the entire offense, from starters to the bottom of the depth chart, will be carried over from 2020.

This is especially good news at receiver. Dallas already boasts arguably the league’s best WR trio in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. Even backups Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown are trustworthy assets at this point, making the position both potent and stable.

2021 Offseason Movement at WR

  • Departures
    • None
  • Arrivals
    • Simi Fehoko
    • Johnnie Dixon
    • UDFAs
      • Brennan Eagles
      • Osirus Mitchell
      • Brandon Smith
      • T.J. Vasher

However, with Gallup, Wilson, and Brown all set to become unrestricted free agents after this season, Fehoko was added in the 2021 Draft and will hopefully become a factor right away. While draft status doesn’t mean everything, and sometimes very little, it’s noteworthy that Fehoko was taken a few round earlier than Wilson (6th) or Brown (7th) in their respective drafts.

In fact, depending on numbers and needs elsewhere on the roster, Dallas could very well part ways with Cedrick or Noah at final cuts. I expect them to keep six receivers total this year, but if they only go with five then we can almost guarantee Fehoko will be one of them.

The rest of the new faces are mostly undrafted rookies with only an outside chance at making the roster. Also in the mix is Stephen Guidry, a well-liked UDFA last year who opted out in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Sure, nothing says one of these players can’t be a camp or preseason darling and force his way onto the team. But given their experience and roles on special teams, Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown won’t be easily ousted.

As to the question of improvement, Fehoko may not make this group any better in 2021 than it already was. Drafting Simi was more about preparing for a future without Michael Gallup and perhaps a couple of trusted depth options.

Still, just getting 2nd-yar development out of CeeDee Lamb could be a major boon for the offense. And if Gallup, Wilson, and Brown are all playing in contract seasons, there’s no doubt the amount of effort coming from all levels of the WR depth chart.

Dallas didn’t have to make any big moves this year to make this group stronger. That was the beauty of drafting Lamb last year; his potential could have far-reaching implications for the offense if he progresses as expected.

Final Verdict: BETTER

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. They ought to be a lot better at WR now that half the team is made up of Wide receivers! Ha. We keep going on at this rate we will have wide receivers playing defensive tackle and linebacker!

  2. Amazingly the only position that didn’t get bit by the injury bug last year was the WR group. Cowboys have pretty good talent lined up at WR. IMO, top 3 of course are locks, And so is Wilson, he can play all 3 positions and return punts, Brown could be ousted this year if some steps up in blocking. Last year in camp, Brown actually turned it up and l think Moore had bigger plans involving Brown and Wilson last year before Dak went down, some of it showed with Wilson. Someone will have to outplay Brown for his spot. Sorry but really disagree with you on Fehoko, he goes to practice squad, there are at least 3 others that are out pacing him (Eagles, Guidry, Smith and Parker), heard on a couple podcasts that he has to learn his routes, like all of them… so a huge uphill climb for him so l think its all about who is the WR #5,6,7,8 and who can fill the 4 WR spots for next season.

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