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Cowboys WR Absences Allow Tavon Austin, Cedrick Wilson to Step Up

Yesterday’s loss to the didn’t leave many positives to discuss for the . But one silver lining was the play of Receivers Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson, who were efficient and impactful in larger roles with some of their teammates missing in action.

We already knew that would miss the Jets game. He injured his back in practice last week and was among the ’ seven inactive players in New York.

But things got much worse on Dallas’ first offensive series when injured his quad and wound up leaving the game for good. That left without his top receiver in Cooper and one of his best security blankets in Cobb.

Compounding the issue were the absences of and La’el Collins at the offensive position. When a QB is under pressure, trusting your receivers is vital to keeping the ball moving and avoiding a complete shutdown.

Thankfully, Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson were able to contribute.

Austin had five catches for 64 yards, the most catches he’s had in a single game so far as a Cowboy. Some of them weren’t easy grabs, either; Tavon had to making a diving catch along the sideline for one and then slide to the ground for another reception. He did a great job of adjusting when Prescott was throwing under duress.

Wilson also had five catches resulting in 46 yards. After missing his entire season on and having only one target so far in 2019, these were Cedrick’s first catches in a regular season game.

Combined, Austin and Wilson kept the passing game afloat with 10 catches for 110 yards. They were each targeted just six times to get those numbers; surprisingly good efficiency given the lack of playing time they’ve had with the starting .

Cedrick Wilson could shine after a year off
Dallas Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson

Credit Dak Prescott for finding ways to get the ball to his less familiar options, but also credit the receivers for knowing where to go and making the plays.

Austin and Wilson may be asked to do more again this week in a pivotal meeting with the . The winner of this game will take sole possession of the , with both Dallas and Philly currently sitting at 3-3.

Randall Cobb will likely be back. He was already considered a game-time decision yesterday and perhaps the Cowboys rested him because they felt confident about beating the Jets (whoops!) without him.

We have yet to hear the latest on Amari Cooper. One outlet reported that he was in “significant pain” following yesterday’s game, but that could just be soreness from a contusion rather than any kind of major . More is sure to come on Amari’s availability in the coming days.

Another positive looking ahead to Sunday is the Eagles’ poor pass , which is currently giving up about 280 yards per game through the air. That puts them in the bottom five of NFL teams currently.

If Dallas does have to take on Philadelphia without their number-one receiver, at least yesterday’s game gave Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson a chance to put in some work with Dak Prescott in a tough situation.

Even more importantly, they were able to deliver when called upon. We’ll see if this week’s game brings the same opportunities.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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