We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 3, wide receivers.
For the first time since the 2018 season, the Dallas Cowboys will see their wide receiver room without Amari Cooper. His level faded away during the second part of the 2021 season, but it was his salary that became an issue for the team, as the Cowboys had to clear cap space before the 2022 free agency kickoff. They traded Cooper for a mere 5th-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in order to get rid of his cost.
CeeDee Lamb will take over as the number one receiver and he has shown everybody already that he can dominate defenses. On the other side, Michael Gallup will enjoy playing under a new contract after signing an extension before free agency. To complete the starters, the expectation is that James Washington will operate as a deep threat on Kellen Moore's offense.
Things get a little worse when you take a look at depth. Noah Brown has been around for a while, but he's nothing more than a backup. The expectation is that 3rd-round rookie Jalen Tolbert will see the field often during the second portion of the season, especially if any of the starters go down. He also has a fair shot to take Washington's job away in case the veteran struggles to be a productive player.
Wide receiver room grade: 4/5. Good starters but a team that lacks depth might suffer as the season goes on.