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WR Simi Fehoko Could be Bigger Factor in Cowboys Plans Than You Think

is a hot topic for the Cowboys as we get ready for the 2022 . But while Dallas does have some legitimate concerns at the position, one asset that seems summarily dismissed in the discussion is second-year prospect . After a quiet rookie season, is Fehoko now being unfairly ignored as part of the Cowboys' plans for next season?

The big-bodied receiver out of Stanford was a 5th-round pick for Dallas last year. Billed at 6'4″ and over 220 lbs., Fehoko has a coveted blend of size and athleticism at WR that helped him be a mid-round selection despite some criticisms of his technique.

Thankfully, that's what the coaches are for. And while Simi only dressed for five games in 2021 and didn't get any targets on , he stayed healthy and received a full dose of skill-building instruction.

It's easy to think Fehoko won't be a factor after no offensive contributions in his rookie season. But that would be unfair given the WR he was buried under. Not only did you have the trio of , , and eating up targets, but veteran backups and were also next in line before the rookie.

Dallas knew this was their group before they drafted Fehoko and no doubt projected he wouldn't be utilized much in 2021. That's generally the idea with 5th-round picks; you're not counting on them for immediate production but rather hoping to develop them for the future.

After a year of developmental effort with Simi the Cowboys may very well be looking to give him an opportunity this season. This isn't to say he'll be asked to replace Amari Cooper as a top-three receiver, but why couldn't he be the next Cedrick Wilson?

Remember, Wilson was a 6th-round pick in 2018. He missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder and then only appeared in six games the following year, spending most of it on either the or .

Even in this third season, Cedrick was still a bit player with just 17 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. His opportunities were limited behind the “big three” but he showed up when he could.

Wilson finally broke out in 2021, starting four games and getting healthy rotation in others between Gallup's injury, Cooper's COVID absences, and other needs. He parlayed that into a new contract with Miami as a .

Because we saw so much of him last year, Cedrick's departure perhaps feels like a greater void than it really is. And given Wilson's pedigree as just a 6th-round pick himself, why couldn't Simi Fehoko at least step into those shoes in his second season?

Again, we're not saying the Cowboys can just ignore the WR position in the 2022 Draft. With Gallup's recovery from ACL surgery potentially continuing into September, Dallas could easily address the issue with an early pick for increased depth and more immediate security.

But even if they do, Simi Fehoko shouldn't be forgotten as a potential contributor. His silence in 2021 was more circumstantial than damning, and the traits that got him drafted a year ago are still there to make him a roster contender this season.

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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Rocky Garza Jr

Hey Jess, love the article! Who would compare Fehoko to as a player, and would he be projected to be more played on the outside?

Anthony

Best case scenario he is Miles Austin light who was a free agent find. He’s not dumb nor is he a bonehead. I don’t see to many dumb guys coming out of Stanford. The guy is big fast and smart. Let’s hope he can develop into a very good player. That said if anyone thinks the WR core is going to improve your sadly mistaken. Cooper can still take the top off of the defense and runs impeccable routes. More importantly he drew double coverage while being the least targeted top receiver in the league. I don’t know why that happened but it is fact. Maybe if we asked Baby Nuts Jones about it he would have an answer. Something like “ Ced Wilson was right on par production wise but we just couldn’t afford them both.”

VAM

Sure, give him his opportunity to progress, and with Wilson and M Turner now out of the picture, he should have a clearer path. But it should not preclude FO from dipping into the draft if someone looks very promising. Guess we’ll see next week.

My two cents on Rocky’s question, a COMP for Simi, (JUST from his physical/athletic attributes of size and speed, etc.), would be Demaryius Thomas. Projected on the outside. Not saying he will be anything near as good as Thomas, but he does have great size, 6′ 4″ 222, sub 4.5 speed, had a great cone drill, and processes huge hands. He is a bit of a polarizing player to some fans, but hey, who knows?

Danon Walker

What about TJ vasher,6,6 receive out Texas tech

lonewolfz28

It’s all about trust.

Can he progress to the point where Dak trusts him to run the right route, the exact way Dak needs him to run it, and catch errant passes reliably?

Can he build the trust with the coaches to consistently execute his assignments without making boneheaded errors leading to penalties (offensive holding, block in the back, not lining up correctly, etc)?

If he puts in the work and shows progress in those areas, he’ll get plenty of opportunities. If not, he’ll be just another lower round player that didn’t pan out.

He looked lost and made boneheaded mistakes in last preseason. We’ll see soon enough whether he’s learned and improved. I doubt he’ll ever be as versatile as Wilson, though. Wilson was a high school QB that had that insight and skills for being a reliable receiver and a very good gadget player. Fehoko is more of a Noah Brown type receiver, big, blocker, ST’s stalwart with the occasional reception as a 3rd or 4th option when the DB’s are once again sitting on the repetitive primary receiver routes.

William Bristol

I agree, I didn’t see much. Does have speed? Not sure he has “go” route speed.

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