Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Get Bigger Role in 2018?

    While only a seventh-round pick in the 2017 , receiver was on the Cowboys' roster for all of his rookie season. He returns in 2018 hoping for a bigger role in Dallas' , and with some good possibility to get one.

    Brown was not a big part of the 2017 offense. He was at the bottom of the WR , inactive for three games and not seen much even when in .

    Noah was only targeted nine times last year. He caught four passes for 33 yards.

    Assumably, this had less to do with Brown and more with the other mouths to feed in the Cowboys . , , , , , even fellow rookie ; you get the idea.

    Noah Brown
    WR Noah Brown

    2018 should remove at least one of those obstacles to Noah Brown's opportunities. Brice Butler is a and there is no indication he is coming back.

    Everyone else is still under contract, but that could change if the Cowboys start making any cuts to improve the . Bryant, Beasley, and even Witten, with varying degrees of probability, are all considerations as cap casualties in the next few months.

    In the , the 6'2″, 220-pound Noah Brown reminded us of a young Dez Bryant. He has the same thick body and even showed some of the same punishing running style after the catch.

    Of course, Noah hasn't shown nearly enough in college or as a rookie to say he could replace Dez. Nobody's suggesting that. But he has flashed the potential to be given more looks in the passing game.

    Another way Brown could get on the field more next year is for run blocking. He has the size and power, and the Cowboys will certainly be leaning on the run with back and needing to find his groove again.

    Even if he moves up a notch from Brice Butler's exit, Noah Brown's primary way of staying active in 2018 will be through . That was the key for him last year; Brown was active for 13 games because of his special teams work.

    Hopefully, Noah can work his way into more targets next season. The Cowboys' receivers need to get younger and a seventh-round pick emerging would be tremendous value.

    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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    If the Cowboys bring in a speed WR as expected, that presumably moves Dez into the power-possession role and Brown fits in nicely to back that up. Or even play a lot there if Dez is released for cap, and Brown earns it in camp.

    OTOH he is a 7th round pick, and would be in some jeopardy to new WR rookies. The Cowboys need to bring in both a proven and a project WR with speed IMO if they let Butler walk. It would be too risky to structure the whole passing game around one coverage-stretcher and then nobody else can do it if he goes down.

    Saul Molina

    Noah brown needs to get more playing time and brice butler needs to stay they should get rid of dez in a trade if doesn’t take a pay cut

    Saul Molina

    Just think about it the other wide outs get more touches it helps Prescott and alot less bitching and complaining