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What does James Washington give to the Cowboys offense? | #DallasCowboys


The loss of Amari Cooper badly hurts the Dallas Cowboys' offense for the 2022 season, as they lost the best route runner in the entire NFL and one of the most reliable players on the team. We all know that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore loves to use an 11 personnel set with three wide receivers, so aside from CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, who signed a contract extension, somebody's got to step up, and James Washington is the name to do so.


Washington is a former second-round pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers whose career never developed as expected. He has some serious speed in his game and does well to stress opposing defenses vertically, but there's not much quality in his routes and he doesn't do much to create separation apart from vertical routes.


It's worth noting, though, that Washington's speed will be valuable for what Kellen Moore wants to build. With a speedster guy on the outside, this will open up huge underneath holes for Lamb and Gallup to explore, and they're two of the best receivers in the league to do so, especially after they spent so much time learning from Cooper. Dak Prescott will have the time of his life throwing to wide-open receivers in the intermediate zones.


Washington isn't a replacement for Cooper by any means, but he's still going to have an important role in this offense, even if it doesn't translate to numbers every time. Every offense needs someone to stretch the field, and Washington has more than enough speed to do so and help the offense as a whole.