Cowboys Nation Mailbag: Breaking Down the CB and WR Depth Chart

We’re more than a week and a half into at this point and there have been several standout performers. Though there is a long way to go in determining the final 53-man , several players have begun to separate themselves from the competition at certain positions. By the time the August 31 deadline to be at 53 rolls around, the will have a pretty clear picture of who they want on their roster, though like seasons past, there may be some surprises.

With that, let’s dig into your mailbag questions.

The wide receiver battle is an interesting one because there have been some really nice performances from players further down the . A lot of the conventional thinking believes that only the top three guys , , and are locks to make the roster. I’d throw in Tavon Austin, though I may be in the minority here.

Austin has an because of his explosiveness and his ability to be an asset in the return game. His ability to flip the field on punts is something the Dallas Cowboys don’t have anywhere else on the roster currently. Sure, was a dynamic in college, but he has little to no experience returning punts, which is a totally different job. The Cowboys generally goes with someone they can trust as the . That’s why we saw back there a lot, though he didn’t really offer much in the way of a return threat. even made a point to include Tavon Austin when talking about the top of the wide receiver group when he talked about the top four guys all being new since just before the 2018 . They clearly like the guy and he’s been productive in training camp. And unlike , Austin’s contract doesn’t sit heavily on the .

As far as the rest of the depth chart goes, I figure you’ve got Jon’vea Johnson, Reggie Davis, , , and Noah Brown competing for two more spots.

The favorites at this point have to be Jon’vea Johnson and Noah Brown. Jon’vea Johnson has been probably the down roster guy who has impressed the most. He even earned some run with the first team during the annual Blue-White scrimmage held on Sunday. Johnson has the speed to be a downfield threat and seems to have a nice rapport with , who’s been unafraid to target him in practice.

While I think Noah Brown has a shot to be that sixth wide receiver, and I think they carry six wide receivers, he’ll need to start practicing at some point to secure his place on the roster. He has a valuable ability to the Dallas Cowboys and they like versatile players. They need to plan on using him in the more though if they want him to be as effective in the running game. When Brown has been brought into the game teams have been able to sit on the run. In order to keep defenses off-balance, they need to throw more with Brown in the game in 2019.

Reggie Davis, Cedric Wilson, and Jalen Guyton all bring something to the table that the Cowboys like and I think there’s a chance each of these guys could force Brown or even Tavon Austin off the roster.

The battle at the back end of the wide receiver group will continue to be one of the best to watch when the games start.

You got the names right my man.

The cornerback group is pretty well settled out with the top four guys, just like at wide receiver. , , , and will all get playing time for the Dallas Cowboys when the pads come on for real against the week one. That fifth cornerback spot is one question and the other question is do they keep six?

At the moment, I’d give the edge at cornerback to Mike Jackson. There’s a lot of training camp and the preseason left to go, but he’s stood out in the short time they’ve been at camp and has had some really solid reps against guys like Randall Cobb in the one on one drills. Those drills are almost impossible for the cornerback to win because they have to play the whole field and can’t count on the linebackers or safeties for help.

Jackson brings the requisite size that really likes and he’s been talked about as a guy that could help you on the outside and in the slot. I think they’ve got high hopes for him and he’s shown in his short stint with a Dallas Cowboys that he’s got a knack for making plays on the football.

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Training camp will continue to give us more information as these position battles continue to unfold. There’s a little more than a month left until the beginning of the regular season and some of these position battles will continue to evolve.

Thanks for this week’s questions and remember, if you ever have a question you’d like to see featured here, leave it in the comment section or send it to John on Twitter using the hashtag #CowboysNationMailbag.

As always, thanks for your questions.

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