Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Noah Brown's NFL career could be hanging in the balance in 2020. Not only is it a contract year for him, but it could also be his last chance to prove he's got what it takes to be a regular contributor in the league.
To date, Noah Brown's NFL career is a bit of an enigma. When healthy he's proven he can be a valuable role player on both offense and special teams, but unfortunately staying healthy isn't one of his strong suits. There is time however for him to turn things around.
As of right now, there's no way of really knowing how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys will keep on the roster in 2020. We know Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are roster locks, but beyond that it's anyone's guess. There could be as little as two and as much as three spots up for grabs.
That leaves players like Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, Devin Smith, and any other WRs having to duke it out for one of those much coveted roster spots. Right now, I think Noah Brown might just have a leg up on the competition.
Maybe it's the fan in me, but I think Brown's skill set better suits what Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff could be looking for in WR depth. He not only has the prototypical size (6'2″, 225), but his physical dominance as a blocker and special teams ability sets him apart from the other WRs on the roster.
As a depth player, playing special teams and creating a niche for yourself is a must. That's what Noah Brown has been able to accomplish so far in his short career, despite the injury hurdles he's had to overcome thus far. It's also why he's been able to stick around with the Dallas Cowboys as long as he has and could continue to do so under the new coaching regime.
If Noah Brown can somehow manage to stay healthy throughout training camp there's no doubt in my mind he should be up to catch the eye of the coaching staff. But if not, he's going to have to put some good film on tape because there are 31 other teams around the league who he could be auditioning for.
Sadly, that's the position Noah Brown finds himself in right now. How he manages to play in 2020 could end up making or breaking his NFL career. Unfortunately, that's just the reality of the business side of things.