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Does Cowboys WR Devin Smith Deserve Another Look in 2020?

An intriguing player from last season was . The former second-round pick was a reclamation project for the and flashed some good things in limited opportunities. Was it enough to earn him further consideration in 2020?

A college teammate of 's at , Devin was drafted 37th overall by the Jets in 2015. After a slow start in New York as a rookie, Smith suffered knee the next few years that nearly derailed his career. He'd only caught 10 passes before the Cowboys picked him up after the ended.

Things were looking good for Smith in Dallas after a hot . Devin had 14 catches for 188 yards and a score in August, then had a 51-yard touchdown in the Week 2 victory over the Redskins.

When starter had to miss the next two games with his own knee , there was the thought that Smith might be able to really shine. But despite starting in both weeks, Devin only caught two of five passes against Miami and then disappeared completely in the Cowboys' loss to New Orleans.

That Saints game was the last time Devin Smith would even be active in 2019. eventually took over as the 4th receiver while Smith also started battling a knee injury.

So no, Devin's contributions last season weren't much. But were they enough that the 28-year-old receiver deserves another look in 2020?

The Cowboys have several young receivers under contract for this season. Assuming they reach agreements with and , the stable already holds Gallup, , , , and Jon'Vea Johnson among other prospects.

Even though Devin Smith has been in the since 2015 he's barely played, and at 28 there may not be much more room for him to grow. The Cowboys may decide it's better to invest their energy into younger players.

However, there was a time that Smith barely fell out of the first-round of an . And at only a $735k hit to the , Devin isn't much more expensive than the undrafted guys around him on the WR .

It will be an interesting decision for the Cowboys to make this . Devin Smith may have more upside than anyone apart from Cooper, Gallup, and Cobb, but after five disappointing seasons there may not be much more room for faith.

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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