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Can WR Lance Lenoir Make Cowboys’ 2018 Roster?

One of the darlings of , both this year and in 2017, is . Both with offensive plays and his return ability, Lenoir has made cases for a roster spot. What are his chances of making the ' squad in 2018?

Lenoir faces a loaded WR this season. Even with and leaving, Dallas added veterans and Deonte  It's why Thompson in and then drafted the . They also brought in , who may be listed at but will play plenty of WR and should be the team's primary return man.

The Cowboys also still have , , and returning from last year. All three are likely to get roster spots over Lenoir.

So right out of the gates, that doesn't sound good. That's six guys, plus Austin at RB, that are projected to make the team. It's why I did not include Lenoir on my latest 53-man roster projection last week.

However, there is still a lot of camp and a whole to go. Lance has plenty of opportunity to turn heads and work his way up the depth chart.

Lance Lenoir
Dallas Cowboys WR Lance Lenoir

Some feel he is already doing that, such as Patrik Walker of . In an article posted yesterday, he looked at comments from new Receivers Coach about Lenoir's progress and showed example of Lenoir beating some of the team's best cornerbacks in practice.

Even though I didn't include Lance on my last 53, I can see several ways he can work his way on. The most obvious route is through , but there are alternatives.

One way is if Dallas decides to Terrance Williams. That won't be easy; Terrance has system experience and is a great run blocker for a receiver. He also still has a lot of dead money on his contract.

But the Cowboys can afford to eat that money now, and Williams' spot on the depth chart is in question with the arrivals of Hurns and Gallup. Dallas may elect to cut Terrance rather than having him as WR4, wanting to make room for younger prospects such as Lenoir and Noah Brown.

also isn't guaranteed a spot. He was signed to a minimal one-year deal and is 29 years old. The Cowboys could easily elect to keep Lenoir over him.

With the shifting strategies to a more spread look, and adjusting to the departures of Dez Bryant and , so much is still up in the air. There is great opportunity for young guys to come in and break through the usual walls, and Lance Lenoir is a prime candidate to do just that. The pecking order is hardly solidified these days.

The fact Lenoir also has return ability is another big plus. Even though Tavon Austin will likely be the main guy, Lenoir could offer a more exciting backup than Cole Beasley.

The potential is clear for Lance Lenoir to make the team. I don't see it yet, but he's easily one of the two or three guys I had the hardest time cutting last time around. If he keeps showing up in camp, I may not be able to leave him off the next projection.

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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Brian Moore

With Noah Brown hurt this may be his moment to shine. Could help himself solidify a spot if he excels as Special Teamer .

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