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Could Sammy Watkins Fit The Cowboys Offense?

With the potential losses of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, could Sammy Watkins help fill the void?

When the selected in the of the , they hoped he would become their number one receiver. What they probably didn’t expect is how quickly it might happen. As Dallas sits in one of the league’s worst situations, sacrifices must be made. Unfortunately, these could come in the form of and .

In the case of Gallup, it feels almost inevitable that he plays elsewhere in 2022. Considered one of the best free-agent wide receivers available, the Cowboys do not have the cap space to compete for his services on the open market. For Amari Cooper, he is currently the highest-paid receiver in the league in terms of annual value. While will eventually top this, it is still a startling number. As such, Dallas could certainly look to him so they can escape their dire salary cap situation.

If this all transpires, the Cowboys will be hurting for wide receivers. Especially since wideout is a as well. While Lamb is a terrific wide receiver and fully capable of being a number one receiver, “Americas Team” could look to add some speed to their . This is where Sammy Watkins comes in.

Adding a new dimension (for cheap)

As mentioned, Lamb, Cooper, and Gallup are all great receivers who play different roles in an offense. However, none of them would be considered “burners” who can attack defenses downfield. This speed element was absent from the offense last season and can be added in the form of Sammy Watkins.

Since being selected in the first round of the 2014 , Watkins’s career has unfortunately become known for . In fact, he has not played in a full season since his year. However, the Dallas clearly does not care about this as they made Watkins an offer in the 2018 off-season before he signed with the .

Fortunately for the Cowboys, this will work in their favor. With the salary cap situation the way it is, the team will be forced to find bargains at the position. Playing on a one-year, $5,000,000 contract with the in 2021, that number will only go down after a season where he struggled. Watkins started nine games for Baltimore last season and posted 394 yards and one touchdown. Hardly breathtaking numbers but the fit matters and he never seemed to fit in their offense.

Despite this, Watkins ran a 4.43 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. Of course, the injuries may have taken some of that quickness from him but it is evident he can still move. This would give the Cowboys speed at the receiver position that would compliment the rest of the receiver room quite well.

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While moving forward without Cooper and Gallup would be difficult, it may end up being a reality. This would bring an end to one of the best receiving corps in the league. As such, they will have to find ways to compliment the skill set of Lamb. Watkins and his downfield speed could be a great fit.

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Jason Willis

Written by Jason Willis

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  1. Michael Gallup ran a 4:45 but now the knee needs rebuilding, who knows. Sammy Watkins has NEVER scared any DC except during rookie season. He (Watkins) is way worse than any current Cowboy WR.

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