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

We continue our “Better or Worse” review series with the position. With few changes made on this year, could 4th-round rookie 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 , will be carried over from 2020.

This is especially good news at receiver. Dallas already boasts arguably the league's best WR trio in , , and . Even backups and 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

However, with Gallup, Wilson, and Brown all set to become unrestricted after this season, Fehoko was added in the 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 , a well-liked UDFA last year who opted out in 2020 due to .

Sure, nothing says one of these players can't be a camp or darling and force his way onto the team. But given their and roles on , 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

Jess Haynie
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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