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Could Cowboys Target Former Sanjay Lal-Coached Receivers?

After spending the plagued by a disappointing passing attack, the might be in the market for wide receivers during . Of course, there are a ton of different options for them to choose from, but narrowing it down to a couple realistic choices is necessary.

The Cowboys hired to coach their wide outs just a few weeks ago, and it would make sense for them to bring in personnel who Lal is familiar with. Lal was most recently the receivers coach for the , but spent time in Buffalo with the Bills as well.

Ironically, there are two receivers who were both coached by Lal during prior seasons.

Donte Moncrief

Colts Receiver enters the open market after a somewhat disappointing 2017 season. His production drop-off can mostly be attributed to and shaky offensive talent around him, but Moncrief still could have been better.

Moncrief's best season came back in 2015 when he caught 64 balls for 733 yards and 6 touchdowns. This was also the last time he played a full 16 games.

What makes Moncrief so intriguing?

For one, he's just 24 years old. He's also 6'2″ and 216 pounds, which would fit the bill for a Cowboys' Z receiver. He ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine, has functional speed on the field as well, and has become known for creating big plays down the field while averaging 15 yards per reception in 2017.

The Cowboys lacked any type of big plays through the in 2017, and Moncrief could be a deep target for moving forward.

Sammy Watkins

is a bit of a controversial player throughout the league. The former first-round pick was drafted in the same class as elite receivers like and . But Watkins himself has never fully reached his potential. This has a lot to do with his .

Watkins has played in all 16 games just once in his career, and has been hobbled throughout multiple seasons. What would give me hope in Sammy Watkins to the Cowboys?

Well, his best season by far came in 2015 where he caught 60 balls for 1,047 yards and 9 touchdowns. 2015 was also the last full season he was coached by Sanjay Lal, the current receivers coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Watkins credits Lal with molding him into the receiver he's become, stating Lal was the guy who “groomed me into running routes and doing everything the right way.” Considering how strong the relationship between Watkins and Lal seems to be, he may want to come to Dallas for the upcoming season.

The real question becomes, then, is Watkins the type of receiver the Cowboys need? They need to find someone who can create easy separation and has reliable hands. In some ways, Watkins may bring more questions to the passing game than answers.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Travis Diggs

Are these two better than Terrance Williams, sure. But do they make us better, I dont know

John Williams

Watkins makes you better for sure. Moncrief has better speed than anyone on the roster at the moment, so he potentially stretches the field, which opens things up underneath for everyone else.

John Williams

Would love if they could get Watkins in here, but with what WR contracts look like they’re going to be this offseason, and what they already have invested at WR, it makes it unlikely.

Moncrief to me feels like a more reasonable option. Shouldn’t cost a ton and you may not have to offer him more than 2 years with 1 year guarantee to make it happen.

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