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Cowboys WR Group Has Potential To Be Special In 2017

Cowboys WR Group Has Potential To Be Special In 2017

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Cowboys WR Group Has Potential To Be Special In 2017

Cowboys WR Group Has Potential To Be Special In 2017

The Dallas Cowboys could possibly be without one of their best offensive weapons when the 2017 season kicks off if the NFL does indeed suspend Ezekiel Elliott. That has a lot of Cowboys Nation at least a little bit concerned the offense won’t be as good as it was in 2016, but I think they possibly could be underestimating how special the Cowboys WR group could be this season.

On paper, the Dallas Cowboys are as deep at the wide receiver position talent wise as they have ever been, which is good news for second-year QB Dak Prescott and the passing game. The Cowboys WR position is so deep in fact, it will make it difficult for the coaching staff to figure out how many receivers they will keep on their 53-man roster.

It still really early in the process, but as of right now I have the Cowboys carrying six wide receivers: Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, Ryan Switzer, and Noah Brown. I personally believe that every single WR has something different to offer to the team, and as a whole I think the group has the potential to be special in 2017.

Cowboys wide receiversUnfortunately, Dez Bryant has struggled with reoccurring injuries these last few seasons, which has really limited his effectiveness on the field. But, his playmaking ability was put on display the last half of the 2016 season and I fully expect him to pick up where he left off when the 2017 season gets underway.

Cole Beasley has developed into arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL and is a mismatch problem for anybody who tries to cover him. Both Beasley and rookie WR Ryan Switzer can help Prescott by allowing him to get the ball out quickly in the passing game. Beasley and Switzer could also be an extension of the running game.

If Ezekiel Elliott does have to miss a few games to start the season, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could utilize Beasley and Switzer in the short passing game to help move the chains. It would be a lot similar to what the New England Patriots do with their WRs. Get it in their hands and let them pick up yards after the catch.

Cowboys wide receiversTerrance Williams and Brice Butler probably won’t be focal points in the offense anytime soon, but they do play a valuable role regardless. They just need to make enough plays to keep pressure off of Bryant and help Prescott out when he does look their way.

Rookie WR Noah Brown probably won’t be heavily involved on offense his first year in the NFL, but he can be a core special teamers and be utilized several different ways offensively if need to be. I really think he can play the H-back/TE role because of his blocking ability, but could also be a red zone threat because of his size and catching radius.

The Cowboys WR group really has the potential to make the passing game much more potent in 2017, especially if QB Dak Prescott takes the next step in his development. Anyway you slice it, this is really good news. Especially, if the running game struggles or if Ezekiel Elliott does indeed get slapped with some kind of suspension.

Do you think the Cowboys WR group can be special in 2017?

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

8 Comments
  • Kevin Black

    Gotta suck to be a free agent WR this year. I don’t see any way one makes it on the team, injuries not included.

    • Brian Martin

      It’s really a testament to how well the Cowboys have built this team and continue to add playmakers through the draft.

  • Ethan Chazin

    AND…we’re talking about losing Zeke for a few games AND…our back-up’s are Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris plus the UDFA Thomas. AND our #2 & #3 TEs who were injured last season seem to be healthy. Not too shabby

    • Brian Martin

      Exactly! Things don’t look all that bleak if Ezekiel Elliott slapped with a suspension. The Cowboys offense will still be really good

  • Russ_Te

    The 6 WR’s might hinge on keeping 2 QB’s. You can roll the dice on that this year, since Dak is young & has good size to take the punishment. Odds are pretty low he gets knocked out. It can happen, but it’s the exact opposite of what we had with Romo.

    I have to see stuff from Switzer and Brown before I buy in.

    The interesting thing is whether we will see the spread sets more. Not more passing, but mostly runs and then – deal with the 4 wide. It conceivably helps Witten to be fresh down the stretch of the season. And this group IMO can look similar to that ’99 Rams team that killed opponents with those formations. Somebody WILL get open, Dak will either have time or buy time, and there’s little defenses can do to stop big gainers in that case.

    • Brian Martin

      Russ, that’s pretty much my line of thinking as well.

  • John Williams

    I agree. This is a good, diverse group of players that do bring a lot to the table.

    I think that we might be overlooking Switzer a bit as well. Yes he does have the Beasley size and quicks, but he is also able to get downfield and win that way as well.

    I think 6 WRs is more and more likely all the time especially with Brown. They really tried to use Vince Mayle last season, even though it didn’t work out very well. Brown’s blocking gives them a lot of personnel options.

  • John Williams

    What the Switzer addition allows them to do is use Witten or a running back less when they go five wide receivers.

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