Training camp gets going later this week and the Dallas Cowboys are ready to get back to work.
The Cowboys have some unfinished business in 2017. But first they have a few battles to work on in training camp!
With the Cowboys heading back to Oxnard, California, they realize that they have some unfinished business to get after. Following the 2016 season, the Cowboys ended the season in a way that they didn’t expect after getting the top seed in the NFC. A loss to the Green Bay Packers has shown this team that they still have some work to do, if they want to be considered the best of the best.
That work they need to do isn’t on the offensive side of the ball, but it never hurts to improve, even on your strengths. Wide receiver is deep in 2016, forcing the team to make some tough decisions there. The Cowboys will likely carry a total of five wide receivers and Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Terrance Williams are locks to make the roster. With rookie Ryan Switzer a near lock to make this roster, it will leave a single spot for the either Brice Butler or rookie Noah Brown.
Butler hopes to keep the rookie at arms length during the camp battles!
Butler has the advantage as he is the vet of the two, but Brown has tremendous upside for this offense. It will be interesting to see what the Cowboys do if they both have a productive preseason and camp. Will they carry six or move Brown to the practice squad for his first year? I would assume they would force the pair onto the team, if and only if, they both have fantastic camps.
Brought in to help with the loss of Bryant early in 2015, but it hasn’t gone as he had hoped. He had a few big plays for this team, but has not took off like many hoped he would do. Some felt he would overtake Williams as the number two option opposite of Bryant on the outside.
The Cowboys found a big-play wide receiver late in this past draft!
Brown is a player that would be drawing plenty of hype, if it weren’t for his fellow rookie wide receiver Switzer. With all the attention going to the rookie out of North Carolina, Brown hasn’t gotten the talk he deserves. Brown is a big-play type of wide receiver that could be a huge weapon for this offense. He won’t overtake Williams, but he does have the ability to get a few plays and snaps a game.
If Ezekiel Elliott has a vote on who will make the roster, you have to assume he backs Brown. As members of the same college, Elliott was the biggest cheerleader of the former Ohio State wide receiver.
Who do you think will grab that fifth wide receiver spot? Do you think the Cowboys could carry a sixth wide receiver on the active 53-man roster?