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Can WR Jon’Vea Johnson Bounce Back and Make Cowboys Roster in 2020?

One of the hottest names from last year's was rookie Jon'Vea Johnson. But a disappointing 2019 , marked by dropped passes and then landing on , has caused Johnson to fall off many fans' radars. Can the undrafted prospect bounce back in 2020 and make the ' roster?

The hype around Jon'Vea started almost immediately last year. During in late May, Johnson's smooth route running and athleticism drew praise from Dallas' previous WR Coach .

That performance carried over to training camp in July. By the time we reached the first preseason game, Johnson had become an darling and was being included on almost every projection for the Cowboys' .

Unfortunately, that's when the good times stopped rolling. Johnson's problems with dropped passes started immediately and became his most memorable contribution to the Cowboys' preseason efforts.

After those struggles it was doubtful that Johnson would have made the Cowboys' 2019 roster. But a shoulder in the preseason finale ended the question as Dallas put the WR prospect on injured reserve.

Johnson is set to return in 2020 as one of several prospects vying for the bottom half of the Cowboys' receiver depth chart. If he can get back to the player we heard about in camps and practices last year, how much opportunity does he have?

Don't let this next statement shock you; the Cowboys' top three receivers in 2020 will be Amari Cooper, , and 1st-Round pick .

Beyond that trio is a fairly wide-open field of contenders. , , and are the holdovers from last year's roster. The Cowboys will also be getting back , who spent last year on PUP and IR.

Also in the mix is another WR from last year, Tevin Jones. He and Jon'Vea will be joined by a new crop of undrafted rookie hopefuls; Stephen Guidry, Aaron Parker, and Kendrick Rodgers.

Perhaps the biggest x-factor of all here are changes in the staff. With offensive-minded as the new and a new WR Coach in Adam Henry, any receiver who isn't Cooper, Gallup, or Lamb has no guarantees.

Cowboys WR Jon'Vea Johnson's Stock Drops After Preseason Opener
Dallas Cowboys WR Jon'Vea Johnson (Ashley Landis/The )

One factor that could be vital to Johnson making the team this year is if he can contribute on . Despite his 4.38 speed, Jon'Vea was not a return man in college and may not be valuable enough without that added skill.

is still a and a reunion with the Cowboys, especially with his former Rams coach , isn't out of the question. Fassel has already brought over one of his former Rams players in .

At this point, though, it appears Dallas is going to see what they have in their younger players. We saw Cedrick Wilson used sparingly on some returns last year and they could also see if RB can handle punt duties on top of kickoffs.

However, especially after both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup missed some time last year, how these reserves perform on offense is still the key. Unless you're a special teams legend like , the Cowboys expect their depth players to wear multiple hats.

If Jon'Vea Johnson can restore his reputation and carry it into the games then he could make it. He has the athleticism to play out of the slot or outside; valuable versatility if needed in a game.

It's a fresh start for many in the Cowboys organization this year. Johnson made a great first impression in 2019 but couldn't sustain it. Hopefully it goes better for him with this second chance.

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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