Cowboys have questions at wide receiver – How will they answer them?

    As looks to return to the field this Sunday against the , it’s exciting to wonder how this can look with Prescott back under . But let’s be honest – the Cowboys need to acknowledge the position.

    Yes, is a star. Lamb is leading the Cowboys with 33 receptions, 409 yards, and two touchdowns. He is emerging as the #1 receiver for this team, but he is still growing. We have seen over the course of this season that Lamb is still struggling with drops and maintaining separation from the opposing defenses.

    is still recovering from the torn-ACL he suffered earlier in the year. Gallup has already shown flashes of his spectacular-catch ability, but as we’ve seen over the years with ACL , players aren’t 100% themselves until a full season or two after they suffered the injury.

    Out of all the wide receivers, Dak Prescott seems to have the best rapport and connection with Gallup. When Prescott returns to the field, he will surely be looking Gallup’s way – but how reliable can Gallup be for Prescott and this team going forward?

    Behind Gallup, the emerging six-year veteran wide receiver has been having his best year yet it seems. Through the first six games of this season, Brown has been targeted 32 times (most targets of any WR on the Cowboys) and has 20 receptions for 289 yards and one touchdown. Noah Brown has been on the Cowboys roster since 2017, but a plague of injuries has hindered his ability to find the field. It is also fair to wonder since Noah Brown has spent much of his career on the Cowboys — is his production more of a reflection of his connection with ?

    Rush has been on the Cowboys’ practice squad and scout team for almost the same amount of time as Noah Brown, and has spent his time being the that Brown is most familiar with. It is a legitimate question to be curious as to how Brown will perform going forward without Rush at quarterback.

    , the former wide receiver who was signed to the team in the , is still a few weeks away from being able to play after suffering a foot injury during . But the question for Washington and how he can fit in this offense remains to be seen.

    Simply put: the current wide receiver core for the Cowboys needs depth, and it wouldn’t hurt to add another playmaker.

    In 2018, the Cowboys knew their wide receiver core was not good enough and they went out and made a blockbuster for . During this offseason, the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper without any attempt to fill that void in the . Fast forward now to week 7, and it looks like once again the Cowboys could use some help at the position.

    There might be options out there for the Cowboys, including star wide receiver When the Rams signed Beckham in the middle of the season last year, he made an immediate impact on their team and was the centerpiece to the Rams’ success during the , until he tore his ACL in the second half of the game. The Rams knew they needed to fill a missing piece in their roster to contend for the Lombardi trophy, and they made the right moves.

    Will the Cowboys inquire about OBJ? It’s doubtful, but I like to think the Cowboys will do their homework on any receiver that is available via or trade. All of these questions and speculations could be answered Sunday after we see how Dak Prescott and this receiver corps perform.

    I’m not here to say this wide receiver group for the Cowboys stinks. That’s not the case. The Cowboys have playmakers at every position of their football team and are built for a deep playoff run this year. But it is glaringly obvious that the Cowboys have questions at wide receiver, and how they answer them is still to be determined.

    Christian Cline
    Christian Cline
    Cowboys advocate since '96 / WKU Alumni / Former TV Villain / Follow me on Twitter @ChristianCline


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    So, Beckham can come in, in the “middle” of the Rams’ season, and make an “immediate impact”, but Noah Brown, who been with the Cowboys seven YEARS, is somehow a question mark with the QB1. And I get the possible connection to Rush, and in fact, commented about that on social media during Rush’s first game vs Bengals. But to think our QB1, who is also in his seventh year, may not have a connection with a WR who has been with the team the same exact timeframe, is frankly ludicrous.

    Look, the team has a good to very good WR corps, IMO. Lamb and Gallup would be starters on many other teams. Brown has stepped up VERY well in Gallup’s absence and is a pretty damn capable number 3. And don’t forget TE1 Schultz, who has been DP’s security blanket. CR seemed to do very well with this corps, even minus WR2 Gallup and minus TE1 Schultz at times.

    “Glaring obvious”, I think not! Let’s not make this faux drama yet another excuse, if they can’t beat the lowly Lions.


    Rush was near to last in all important categories during his time as QB…yards per game, 3rd down completions, air distance to receiver., touchdowns per game…etc.

    James Vargas

    OBJ ? Not in a million years.


    The Boys pass scheme requires the receivers to read defenses like a QB and that makes for a slow developing pass scheme where the QB has to hold the ball to check what read the receiver made.. The Boys receivers annually are at the worst for drops. It is likely that the read , then cut pass route decisions are just too much and leave the receivers too flummoxed to use their cuts well or catch well. It is just human that mental processing impairs physical reactions. The solution is to simplify the route tree decisions, make the routes more play call determined, and let the throws happen faster by the QB , and the receivers use their physical gifts rather than require every receiver to read the defense.