The wide receiver position on the Dallas Cowboys has been rough these past couple of weeks. James Washington was carted off the practice field on August 1st with a fractured foot injury that will last 8-10 weeks. Meanwhile, Michael Gallup's Injury will last for the first four weeks of the season.
This has caused much chaos for the Cowboys' offense. Now with Amari Cooper gone, who will step up in the wide receiver position?
With the depth chart desperate for receivers, it leaves CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert, and Noah Brown for our starting three. Keep in mind that Noah Brown only had 16 receptions last year and 184 yards.
With CeeDee Lamb being arguably the best receiver at the moment, it's safe to say that he will be the main intended man for this season. While being the main receiver this will mean that the opposing team may double cover Lamb.
With him sometimes being unable to catch passes due to multiple cornerbacks on him, this will open up room for the other receivers. Jalen Tolbert will be an essential part of the offense for that reason. Tolbert will be taking up a very important role as a rookie this year as he will be the second-stringer for the beginning of the season while Gallup is out.
Due to the lack of receivers, Tolbert should have a very explosive first year with the Cowboys. Usually, we don't see rookie wide receivers play their first season too much. Teams like to develop their newer receivers for the next season while teaching them about the ins and outs of the NFL so this will be interesting to see.
Noah Brown on the other hand is a round seven draft pick from the 2017 NFL draft. He hasn't had many interactions with the field in his career but now is his time to shine.
Sadly there aren't too many stats to go off of to determine whether or not Brown will succeed or fail at his third-string position. What we do know is he has experience with the team and will be one of the main receivers for passes.
So this can bring us back to the main question. Which receiver will gather up the better stats? Even with two defenders on him, Lamb will be the iconic receiver we all know. This year seems like his prime is upon us, and better stats are inevitable.
Tolbert will have a very good first year with many yards and touchdowns. He's not up to Lamb's level of skill and experience yet but he is good enough to make big plays and help drive the ball down the field when needed.
Lots of people would say that Noah Brown just hasn't been given the opportunity to play the wide receiver position. I would say that there must be a reason he doesn't get many snaps on the field. The coach must not see enough skill to have confidence in putting Brown on the field. This is Brown's chance to prove them wrong.
This year will be rocky for the Cowboys on offense due to this shortage of receivers. The main three are going to need to step it up at their positions if the offense wants to succeed. It will be interesting to see this new set of receivers on the field.