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WR Cedrick Wilson Shows Promise, Provides Depth During 2020 Season

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver room is star studded.

Between Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, you would assume there aren’t targets to be had for any other passing threats, let alone touchdowns.

But early on in the 2020 season, that assumption was wrong. With quarterback Dak Prescott healthy, Dallas’ passing game was prolific each week, providing ample opportunity for the Cowboys wide receivers and tight ends.

One of the main beneficiaries of this increased volume, was second year wide out Cedrick Wilson.

Wilson was not targeted once during the team’s first two games of the season, but week three against Seattle he had a breakout performance. That afternoon Wilson caught 5 balls on 7 targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Against a depleted secondary which focused it’s resources on the headlining targets beside him, Cedrick Wilson had a monster game.

Before Prescott’s injury Wilson would see a combined 10 targets the next two weeks, but once he was left to deal with backup quarterbacks, Wilson only saw 11 targets the remainder of the season. Yes, 11 targets over the team’s final 11 games.

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Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson’s first career TD came with Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright in man coverage. “I’m thinking he is probably going to zone off. I really didn’t think they were going to play man coverage on me with a linebacker.” Then it happened. “All I had to do was run.”

No one expects Cedrick Wilson to be a focal point of the Cowboys offense, but I do think he proved he can fill a much needed role in Dallas going forward as a WR4 who can spot start due to injury. Wilson isn’t the separator that CeeDee Lamb is, nor the consistently electric route runner Amari Cooper is, but he is the perfect man for that WR4 role in 2021.

Plus, who could forget that extra trick play element that Wilson brings as a passer.

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The Cowboys have never lost a game in which Cedrick Wilson threw a passpic.twitter.com/ifhKL2OQA5

With Dak Prescott back under center in 2021, I would expect to see those 4 wide receiver sets once again. Prescott might be at his best when he’s in empty, with the field spread and speed on the field.

Let Wilson see similar snap counts as he did against Seattle, Cleveland, and New York with Prescott next season, and don’t be surprised if he becomes fantasy football players’ worst nightmare as he steals targets away from the stars.

I’m going to sound like a broken record all offseason, but if this thing goes according to plan, the 2021 Cowboys offense can be the best in football.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. And this is why i say trade Cooper to another team like the one i said in the Pats for Gilmore ( and whatever else they need ) we got Ceedee and Gallup both of which i think are WR1s and C Wilson is a good 3rd guy , trade Cooper and you can get back to doing on offense 2 TE sets with Jarwin and Schultz and not upset any of the receivers by having them on the bench cuz Gallup and Ceedee are the only ones then that have a right to be upset then but they’ll both still be out on the field , and getting Gilmore to go along with Diggs, D Wilson and if you can keep the 10th pick , another DB to turn this secondary into an ELITE secondary

  2. Stephon Gilmore is old. He’s a good CB, but he will be turning 30 in September when the 2021 season gets underway. No way should the Cowboys trade their legit #1 WR (in his prime) for another team’s good CB who is about to turn 30 and clearly starting the downside of his career.

  3. Trade Coop for another 1st rounder and a rotational piece for interior line so we don’t have to spend a draft pick in mid rounds there. In 1st we trade back and pick up another 2nd so we’d have 4 picks in 1st 2 rounds to address secondary with a Corner 1st and Safety in 2nd and get arguable the a top 2 corner and the number 1 rated safety and then address the O line left tackle and if smith stays healthy we have a rotational lice gaining experience and if smith goes down a plug in with an immediate impact who can be mentored by one of best to ever do it, and then that 4th pick we can get a TE or another edge rusher who will be an impact player. Our cap hit goes down, we sign Dak with ease, we extend two of the 4 players we need to decide on and we have 4 key rotational pieces ready to make immediate impacts that sites up all of our holes. Coop is great and I really like the kid but trading him for capitol and a rotational piece literally fixes all our major woes as listed above.

  4. Cooper did a 100 million deal to stay in Dallas he could’ve tooken 120 million but wanted to stay in Dallas then go and trade him??? That’s about being rude to someone that took a discount to stay in Dallas then go out and trade him after is mind blowing.

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