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DeAndre Hopkins Showed Cowboys Why Their WR1 Philosophy Is Wrong

On , DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers in the country (if not the best), proved to the Dallas and staff exactly why they are wrong about their “#1 wide receiver” philosophy. He did it right there and then, under the lights of NRG Stadium as he handed the visiting team their third loss of the season.

With less than four minutes to go in overtime, sitting at their own 24-yard line, the Houston Texans were ready to take advantage from ’s decision to punt the ball on fourth and one in enemy territory. In a defensive game in which none of the teams had scored more than 16 points, the Texans needed to make a play. And they did.

How did they do it? They threw it to their go-to player and  WR1, DeAndre Hopkins, and let him worry about the rest. The elite pass catcher caught the ball at the 36, left CB behind, pulled off two consecutive spin moves for a 49-yard gain and eventually, a win at home.

DeAndre Hopkins Showed Cowboys Why Their WR1 Philosophy Is Wrong

As the Cowboys travel back home to get ready to play the , there’s a ton to reflect on. Mainly, how the Dallas Cowboys have approached the wide receiver position. After releasing earlier in the year, the quest for a #1 receiver has been one of the most discussed topics in .

The Cowboys’ coaches and front office talked for months about a “Dak-friendly ” and Prescott was comfortable saying the team didn’t need such #1 WR. Let me say that I actually believed these words. I had hopes on this team knowing what their identity would be and thought that they’d in fact have a capable offense.

That hasn’t been the case so far, though. And there is not much reason to believe it will change.

There is hope on the , , to grow as a player and develop into a consistent and reliable weapon but he has only six receptions through five games. It’s impossible to imagine he’ll make the difference for this football team in 2018. Last Sunday, , Michael Gallup, and combined for 36 receiving yards. That’s your “Dak-friendly offense.”

Now granted, both the and the receivers are at fault here. There’s way more than one player to blame for this disastrous performances. Prescott’s throws haven’t been good, receivers haven’t helped him and the position is still a very weak one. Coaching is obviously a big issue as well.

As we head into week 6 of the season, many characters in Dallas will be playing or coaching for their jobs. At the very least, the QB position should be under evaluation (especially with the contracts quarterbacks have been getting in the NFL as of late), Jason Garrett and should be on the .

But looming over their 2-3 record is the decision to not have a true WR1. This is the NFL, a passing league. One in which, even though you have a premium , you need a guy you can trust in the . This had already been clear to the Cowboys’ first quarter of the season and became all the more evident thanks to DeAndre Hopkins and a catch that will haunt for quite a while.

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Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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