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The Importance of a Second Wide Receiver

Sean Martin

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Dez Bryant is amazing. We all know that. However, what might be most amazing about him is his ability to produce despite the lack of a legitimate and consistent secondary receiver.

The top five WRs, ranked by receiving yards, are currently:

  • Julio Jones
  • Antonio Brown
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Allen Robinson

Taking a closer look at the team stats for all of these teams (Falcons, Steelers, Texans, Giants, and Jaguars) reveals one thing. All five teams have a second target with at least 500 receiving yards. 

Julio Jones is likely the most impressive, topping the list while having tight end Jacob Tamme exceed 500 yards.

Now, let's look at Dez Bryant's best season since Terrance Williams joined the Cowboys. That would be 2014, when Bryant totaled 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. That season, Terrance Williams totaled 621 receiving yards.

However, that was through a full 16 games. With all of the secondary receivers on the team's listed above being already over 500, there is a strong chance that they will all finish with over 621 total.

Williams was also wildly inconsistent that season, failing to surpass 20 yards on five different occasions.

After this season, Dez Bryant has four years remaining on his mega-contract. The key to the Cowboys getting their maximum value out of this deal may rest on their ability to quickly bring in a viable and long-term second target. Terrance Williams will have one more season to prove that he can be that guy before his contract runs out and a decision must be made.

Dallas might also draft another target in this year's draft, with Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell drawing comparisons to Bryant already.

Cowboys Blog - The Importance of a Second Wide Receiver Take the single greatest receiving season in Cowboys history - which was Michael Irvin going for 1,603 yards in the 1995 Super Bowl season - and look at their second leading receiver. A guy by the name of Jay Novacek stands out, who surpassed 700 yards and was a five-time Pro Bowl player as a tight end.

Kevin Williams, in his second to last season in Dallas as a WR, also went over 600 yards that season.

The Cowboys have their new #88. The question is, do they have his partner in crime in Terrance Williams?

Tell us what you think about "The Importance of a Second Wide Receiver" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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