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What’s Next for Cedrick Wilson, Younger Wide Receivers?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can WR Cedrick Wilson be the Cowboys Next Deep Threat?
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The Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver battle will be down one player after sixth-round rookie Cedrick Wilson suffered a shoulder injury last Sunday. As the team waits for tests results to determine what it is and how long it will take for him to get back on the football field, the Boise State product is believed to have torn his labrum in practice.

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Jerry Jones on Cowboys rookie WR Cedrick Wilson: "He's going to miss some time. He had that [shoulder injury] last year. ... It's a concern. I don't know the degree, but it's the same shoulder. He popped it out and then in the same move, they hit his arm and it popped back in.

Wilson will miss some time but a timetable for a potential return is still unknown. In college, he was able to play through a shoulder injury (the same one that's injured right now) but if he did tore his labrum, surgery might be an option, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

Even as a sixth-round draftee, Wilson's health will impact the intense battle at the WR depth chart. This year's offseason talk for the Cowboys has been all about the receivers, since the offense will be featuring tons of new faces.

So, what does the rookie's injury means for the receiver's core?

Let's talk about the bottom of the depth chart. Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley are a virtual lock for the top 3 receivers on the team, so they won't really be affected by Wilson's injury. For the sake of this post, let's consider Tavon Austin as a RB, which is how he's listed on the Cowboys' website, even though we expect him to be a pass-catcher. Due to the special "web-back" role the coaches plan to give him, it's fair to assume he has his roster spot locked up.

Prior to his training camp injury, I liked Wilson's chances of making the roster over other receivers. Although he fell to the later rounds of the Draft, he still has the talent to shine in the NFL and I like what he could bring to the offense. I even listed him as my favorite candidate to be the Cowboys' "53rd Man."

Now, with him missing practices, the other young receivers will benefit from his absence. Aside from Gallup, Hurns and Beasley, there are no clear-cut WRs to fill the position's depth chart. Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson and Terrance Williams (whose roster spot I wouldn't say is guaranteed) will get more snaps on training camp and plenty of opportunities to shine under the lights throughout the preseason.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, Michael Gallup  (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Williams and Brown were on the roster last year, but Lenoir spent the year on the practice squad and could be a darkhorse on the WR battle. Deonte Thompson has turned some heads in training camp and could end up being a more important signing than we thought when he was signed back on March.

If the Cowboys decide to waive Cedrick Wilson and get him on practice squad, they'll risk losing him. Don't be surprised if they count him as one of the 53 in order to designate him to Injured Reserve, just like they did a year ago with Rico Gathers. It would be a wise decision for the team and it would give Wilson an opportunity to contribute down the road.

For now, let's hope the team avoids any other injuries. Right now, only Wilson and OL Chaz Green have been the only ones with health concerns. Injuries are tough to watch, no matter whose name is on the back of the hurt player's jersey. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you on this and all Cowboys' training camp stories.

Tell me what you think about "What’s Next for Cedrick Wilson, Younger Wide Receivers?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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 @PepoR99.

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  • Stet Ross7777

    1 .Terrance Williams 2 .Cole Beasley 3 . Allen Hurns 4. Micheal Gallup 5. Travoin Austin 6 . Noah Brown 7 . Thompson This Group Will Make The Team The Top Five Spots Are Guarteed And / Or Locks To Make At Wide Receiver Spot

  • EverybodyTalks

    Cedric Wilson just made the team. He is on IR and since it is before the regular season, they will leave him there. That should allow him to put on weight and make him a better possibility to make the team in 2019. There looks to be a purge of WRs at the end of this season. I think Hurns, Gallup and Twill are the only ones with actual contracts. That’s 3 openings for 2019 and there could be more.

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Michael Gallup Showing Signs of a Breakout

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We're only six games into the career of Rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup who was selected 81st overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. It's been a slow start to his career, mostly because of usage. On Sunday, he took a step toward what many thought he could be for the Cowboys when he was drafted; Wide receiver one.

The numbers, one reception on two targets for 27 yards, may not indicate a breakout is coming, but if you look at the two targets he saw and the quality of the corner he faced, they're more impressive.

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Look at this catch by #Cowboys rookie WR Michael Gallup https://t.co/lD1xJ2WemD

On the Dallas Cowboys first drive of the day, Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott looked Michael Gallup's way down the left sideline and hit him on a nice back shoulder fade that looked an awful lot like a Dez Bryant-like contested catch. It was a key play on 3rd-and-9 to get the Dallas Cowboys into Jacksonville territory on a drive that led to a Brett Maher field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Later in the game with the Cowboys driving to score a touchdown, Gallup made a tremendous catch when he got perfect depth behind All-Pro Corner Back A.J. Bouye and in front of the safety help. It looked to be an impressive touchdown catch just inside the end zone, but was overturned on replay. On review, Gallup wasn't able to get his second foot down after he made contact with the defender. Though the touchdown didn't stand, it was an impressive effort for Michael Gallup.

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Michael Gallup with a near circus catch to ALMOST haul in his first NFL TD. Ruled incomplete. #cowboys #jags @CSUFootball https://t.co/SePSc3n1Yp

Michael Gallup led the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver group in snaps (81% of the offensive snaps) on Sunday, and according to Mike Clay from ESPN, he led the Dallas Cowboys in routes run as well. Both of Gallup's targets came against Bouye, showing an ability to beat one of the best corners in the NFL.

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Michael Gallup paced the Cowboys in pass routes (25) for the first time in his career on Sunday.

As Michael Gallup sees more opportunities to play, his opportunities to make plays are going to continue to grow. With news coming down that Tavon Austin is unlikely to play for several weeks because of a groin injury, more snaps are opening up at the wide receiver position. Tavon played 18 snaps before getting injured on Sunday, so there will be increased opportunities for Gallup moving forward.

Gallup's only seen about 3 targets a game, but with the increased snaps he saw in week six and the potential for even more with Austin coming, the opportunities should grow. As he continues to come down with impressive catches like he did on Sunday (even if only one of them counted), it's going to increase Dak Prescott's and the coaching staff's level of trust in the rookie.

It's safe to say that more big time catches are coming for Michael Gallup and a breakout is coming sooner than later.



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Oakland Raiders’ Wide Receiver Amari Cooper On the Trade Block

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Oakland Raiders' Wide Receiver Amari Cooper On the Trade Block

Aside from Wide Receiver Cole Beasley, the Dallas Cowboys haven't received much production from their wide receiver group outside of the occasional big play from fellow wide outs Michael Gallup or Tavon Austin. Well, the Oakland Raiders apparently are willing to listen to offers for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and, according to Michael Rapaport, are asking for a first round draft pick in return.

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Raiders want a first round pick for Amari Cooper, per @RapSheet.

 

The Dallas Cowboys could use someone with Cooper's ability, even if he has been a drop machine through his first four seasons. In his first two seasons in the NFL, 2015 and 2016, Cooper averaged 77 receptions on 131 targets, for 1,111.5 yards, and 5.5 touchdowns. Through his first three seasons in the NFL, Cooper averaged 11 drops a season, including 18 in his rookie season.

Any time you start a discussion about whether you should trade for someone, the question always begins with "what are you paying?" What would you be willing to pay for Amari Cooper? After back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons to start his career, he only went for 680 yards in 14 games (48.6 yards per game). Though the yardage wasn't great last year, he did catch seven touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders.

So far in 2018, Cooper is averaging 46.7 yards per game on 3.67 receptions per game and has only scored one touchdown.

I wouldn't send a top 60 pick for Amari Cooper. He's a good player, but is he better than what Michael Gallup could be? Because if you trade for Cooper he's going to likely eat into Gallup's snap count and we need to find out if Michal Gallup is a player that the Dallas Cowboys could rely on in the future. But, if the Cowboys coaching staff brought Cooper in to replace Allen Hurns, then I'd be very happy to talk about acquiring the former first round draft choice.

A starting wide receiver group of Cole Beasley, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup would be a very difficult group to cover and Quarterback Dak Prescott showed on Sunday that he has what it takes to get the ball down field to his receivers.

The Cowboys probably wouldn't make this trade, unless Jerry Jones got involved, because they value their draft picks too much, but if the Dallas Cowboys could get him for a third round pick I'd do it in a heart beat. For a second round pick, I'd have to get a fifth or sixth back from Oakland in that deal. Cooper's a good player, but hasn't shown to be one of the best at his position.

There are a couple other players from Oakland that I'm more interested in trading for.

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What do you think? Would you trade for Amari Cooper, and if so, what would you be willing to give?

 



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David Irving Ready to “Be Put Through Ringer” in First Action with Cowboys

Sean Martin

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David Irving Ready to "Be Put Through Ringer" in First Action with Cowboys
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The Dallas Cowboys patience in Defensive Tackle David Irving is set to pay off on Sunday, as Irving will play in his first game of 2018 after being suspended for the first four weeks. Irving was eligible to play last week in the Cowboys overtime loss at the Texans, but did not make the trip to Houston as he dealt with off-field concerns.

The Cowboys defense has performed admirably without Irving, but in a needed game against the Jaguars, it could be up to this defense to win the game for Dallas - something a disruptive player like Irving has the ability to do on any given snap.

While the plan is for the Cowboys to ease Irving into this game, his impact from the DT position might be enough to leave him on the field as much as needed in a tight game.

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Irving said the coaches want to play him 10-15 snaps Sunday. "That's what they say now but if it's a close game, I know good and well Marinelli is going to be sending me out there & putting me through the ringer. I'm ready for it.

Like a good left-handed pitcher in baseball or three-point specialist in basketball, the Cowboys have afforded Irving a long leash despite his unreliability thanks to a 6'7" and 290 pound frame that makes him a menace for opposing guards.

The 3T-DT position is a pivotal one in Marinelli's scheme, and one the Cowboys have afforded Irving every opportunity to fill, yielding results whenever the former Chiefs practice squad steal suits up.

Filling in for Irving through the Cowboys first five games of the season has been reliable veteran Tyrone Crawford. Expected to play at defensive end this season, Crawford has recorded 14 tackles and one sack from the 3T position.

With Irving back in the "Hot Boyz" rotation, it will be interesting to see if Crawford once again goes out to right defensive end, where Randy Gregory has struggled to make the most out of his own return from suspension.

Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli is not expecting similar struggles from Irving, prepared to put him "through the ringer".

Where Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard calls the Cowboys defense, Marinelli is still one of the most respected coaches at The Star, demanding a lot of his defensive line in particular. It's the pairing of Marinelli's motivation and Irving's intangibles that have the Cowboys defense on the brink of taking another step toward's one of the league's best.

With their own offense set to line up against perhaps the best overall defense in Jacksonville on Sunday, Irving's return is just in time. The NFC East is far from out of reach for the Cowboys, who will be at full strength on defense once Sean Lee returns as early as next week.

The Cowboys have never lost a game in which Lee, Irving, and Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence play at least 20% of the team's snaps on defense. Perhaps this stat will have to be adjusted to include rookie Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in short time, but for now the Cowboys are hours away from fighting for a 3-3 start to 2018, doing so with one of their most important defenders back in the lineup.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Ready to “Be Put Through Ringer” in First Action with Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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