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Could Noah Brown’s Experience Mean Surprising Early-Season Usage?

is now the longest-tenured on the Cowboys roster. While he generally gets ignored in discussions about the 2022 , could the veteran's experience in the NFL and with Dallas' make him a surprising contributor early in the season?

We all know the story about the WR position; 's recovery from ACL surgery could extend into September and cause him to miss games. 's got the WR1 spot covered but generally considered to be next in line are 3rd-round rookie and veteran journeyman , a newly-signed .

You'll find that any projected WR depth chart for 2022 has Tolbert, Washington, and maybe even listed ahead of Noah Brown. But still just 26 years old and entering his sixth season with the Cowboys, Brown has a significant experience advantage over his competition.

Of course, talent trumps all these other factors. Brown was just a 7th-round pick in 2017 compared to Washington being a 2nd-rounder in 2018, Fehoko a 4th-round pick last year, and Tolbert being selected in the 3rd round just a few months ago.

Noah has survived in the NFL longer than many late-round picks thanks to being a reliable player and occasionally contributing as a blocking receiver. But despite appearing in 50 games over the last five years, Brown only has 39 catches on 66 targets to his name.

If given a choice between Noah having a meaningful share of targets in 2022 or not even making the roster, most would guess the latter. But consider the following:

  • James Washington and Jalen Tolbert have never played a single down for the Cowboys.
  • Simi Fehoko only had seven snaps on offense last year and was never targeted.

So while a minor figure on Dallas' roster the last few years, Noah Brown brings something unique to the 2022 WR competition. And now, unlike most of his run so far in Dallas, Brown doesn't have a long list of clearly superior options keeping him buried on the depth chart.

Sure, the hope would be that Washington, Tolbert, and Fehoko's perceived talent eventually shines through. But in September, if Gallup's out and with only camp and work to go by, could the coaches' and 's familiarity with Noah get him on the field more than usual?

Brown's prowess as a blocker could also be a factor here. If the Cowboys lean more on their run game during Gallup's potential absence, Noah could get to see more snaps for that side of his game as well.

Again, most won't be surprised if he doesn't even make the 2022 roster. But the point here is that there's a reasonable case, perhaps better than ever before, for Noah Brown to be a meaningful offensive contributor at least early in the season.

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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Pete Panagiotopoulos

God I hope not, I like Noah but he’s not a good NFL WR. 5 years and he hasn’t scored a TD yet and has 6 total special teams tackles. I keep hearing he’s a good blocker and special teamer but I don’t see it. Give somebody else an opportunity that can bring more. James Washington/ Simi Fehoko/ Dontarrio Drummond all have the size and ability to be that blocking WR we need. Simi and Drummond can both play special teams so that makes Brown expendable!

lonewolfz28

As I’ve said before, it’s all about trust. If Dak trusts them, he’ll throw their way. It stands to reason that he’d have more trust in someone he knows as well as Noah. Something else that may be in Noah’s favor, he’s usually an afterthought for the defense as well. Since he’s known as a “blocking WR”, they may be able to take advantage of that and leak him out into routes more often. About the time teams catch onto that plan, Gallup should be back to share the load.

lonewolfz28

Yup. Motion him in tight like they do on so many running plays and let him chip and run a quick out. Or, they can do a bunch formation, motion Noah in like he’s going to block, then let him chip before sliding back out behind the other two in a modified bubble screen.

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