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    DAL Roster: Battle for WR6 Between Andy Jones, Noah Brown with IND in Town

    With just three games left and a handful of practices, the battle for the sixth wide receiver position is still up for grabs. Now, on most teams this isn't an important topic, but for the Cowboys it is. The haven't carried six healthy wide receivers on their opening day roster since 2012. What makes that change now?

    • The talent at the position. The depth the Cowboys currently have at wide receiver may make it the strongest position on the team.
    • This is the first year in many that the team will only need to carry two quarterbacks on the 53 man roster.
    • 's health has hurt him the last few years. Keeping a developmental “X” receiver on the roster is a good idea for the long-term success of this team.

    Andy Jones and Noah Brown are two very talented “X” receivers who seem to be in a pretty close battle. These guys are practicing and playing so good that they're both making cases to be kept on the 53 man roster.

    Andy Jones–a former UDFA out of Jacksonville University–was one of the Cowboys' Hall of Famers from last year's .

    In his first year with the team, Andy Jones was placed on the but has been receiving high praise and expanded roles from the Cowboys' staff. Jones has started the beginning of his Sophomore season on that same note.

    In practice, Andy Jones has been given the role as a back-up behind . Along with the duties, on days that veteran Dez Bryant rests, he has also been getting some work in with the first team .

    Andy Jones
    Dallas Cowboys WR Andy Jones (Paul Spinelli via AP)

    What stands out even more is that Andy Jones has made some plays in the first two preseason games, something he struggled to do last year.

    In the little playing time Jones has had in the first two games, he's caught six passes for 50 yards. Now that's nothing that warrants a roster spot, but the fact that the coaches are putting Jones out there and he's making the plays that are thrown his way is a good adjustment from last year.

    If not for his teammate, Noah Brown, Andy Jones would likely be handed the sixth wide receiver spot on the team's , but unfortunately for Jones, Noah Brown stands in his way.

    Could Noah Brown Have A Big Role As A Rookie?
    Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown

    Noah Brown was one of the three draft selections the Dallas Cowboys had in the seventh round of the . Brown was drafted as more of a project than a plug-n-play guy, but he's done a nice job transitioning from college to the NFL.

    In two preseason games, he has 41 yards on three catches. In his first two games you can seen why the Cowboys like the former Ohio State Buckeye.

    Brown isn't overly athletic and doesn't have the route tree that scouts really like to see, but he does have the physical traits you can't teach. Standing at 6'2, 222lbs, Brown has an NFL ready frame and knows how to use it.

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    In his action with the Cowboys, he has shown that he knows how to use his big frame to bully defenders off the line, high point the ball in the air, and fight for extra yards. Along with being a good receiving option, Brown does a hell of a job in the blocking game.

    Blocking is something he took very seriously at Ohio State and it's carrying over to the NFL.

    With neither guy really cementing themselves as a sure-fire roster spot, these last three preseason games will be huge for both players. It starts tonight when the Cowboys take to the field to face the in their preseason home opener.

    Both players are likely to get plenty of opportunities with only a few games left, but which will prevail? Who do you think will make the final 53 man roster: Noah Brown or Andy Jones?

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    Connor Livesay
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    Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!

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    Randy Martin

    I believe the ceiling for Noah Brown is higher than Andy Jones. Unfortunately for. Brown, he didn’t have the best QB throwing the ball at Ohio St. and just didn’t get enough targets. He also wasn’t called on to do that much. But his blocking pushes him to the forefront of this conversation and his growth potential is outstanding. All that being said, it is highly possible they only keep 5. If they cut both of these guys, it is more likely Brown would be the guy snatched up over Jones.

    Fatfan

    It appears to me Dallas is getting to the point where it’d be better to trade a couple of draft picks to move higher in the draft. Their drafting is becoming so good, it’s no way they can keep all of them; and hence once they’re released, they are not likely to make it to the practice squad. This may be the case at cb, and more likely wr, and TE. They’ve got a rookie punter/kicker Sam Irwin-Hill that’s gonna be good at one or both those positions for somebody. And…if Dallas doesn’t keep Cooper Rush, he won’t make it to the practice squad either.