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Cowboys WR Jalen Tolbert Already Seen as a Primary Asset

Any player taken in the of their draft shouldn't be expected to contribute immediately. But for Cowboys WR , the path to becoming a key asset in Dallas appears to have been accelerated. He's already standing out as one of the team's most-trusted receivers in these earliest days of his career.

With still recovering from knee surgery and quickly exiting after a foot fracture, Tolbert has been getting a lot of work with the first-team . Thankfully, the rookie appears up for the challenge.

There's been excitement about Jalen for months. He was seen as a steal for where Dallas drafted him in April, especially energizing after the losses of and . Tolbert provided a ray of hope towards mitigating their departures.

Almost everything since the draft has been positive. Tolbert's reportedly been a stud throughout practices and earning confidence from his and coaches. Even when the veteran Washington was injured a few weeks ago, it didn't sting as much because of all the good reports on Jalen.

When the Cowboys released an unofficial last week, it wasn't a surprise to see Tolbert's name listed with and Michael Gallup as one of the top-three receivers.

Unfortunately, last Saturday's game was not a great showcase of Tolbert's impact. The team was clearly trying to get him involved early but poor pass protection and an off night from QB didn't give Jalen or any other receiver much opportunity to shine.

Of course, what matters are the games in September. With either Gallup or Washington, and perhaps both, missing the early regular season we may very well see Tolbert in a starting role in tough games against the Bucs and Bengals and divisional matchups with the Commanders and Giants.

How the rookie looks when is under and surrounded by the rest of the first-team offense is what matters. While Tolbert's preseason debut was quiet, it shouldn't diminish all of the good things we've heard over the last few months.

We'll see if Jalen Tolbert can make more believers this Saturday in Los Angeles.

Jess Haynie
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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