Michael Gallup and James Washington Dallas are two of the wideouts expected by many pundits to fill the void left by the recently departed Amari Cooper and Cedric Wilson. In addition to filling the gaps left by Cooper and Wilson, the Cowboys drafted Jalen Tolbert in the third round this year. The NFL draft To provide much-needed depth and competition for the wide receiver class.
Unfortunately It’s becoming more visible. Like the Cowboys, they will be without Michael Gallup for at least the start of the season. Gallup is currently on the PUP list and the Cowboys should not rush him back to the playing field.
To make matters worse, James Washington recently went down with a broken leg It will cost you the next six to ten weeks. In that timeline, in theory, he’d probably be available for a week, but that’s stretching it. A more plausible timeline is similar to Gallup’s earlier in the season after missing some games.
With injuries affecting the position, many have been expressing their dismay at how the Jones family is handling the situation by not signing the veteran free agent wide receiver. Jerry Jones himself has said he’s going to take a completely different approach to the wide receiver position and seems confident in the players already in training camp.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on emergency wide receiver to seek outside help after James Washington’s broken leg: “Absolutely not.” Let’s get these young recipients the encouragement. He sees great opportunity ahead. “There is no urgency to seek a veteran receiver.” pic.twitter.com/ejMhTrURpx
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 2, 2022
The first returns of this particular approach seem to be the most promising in the camp so far. This year’s third-round pick Jalen Tolbert is already flashing impressive talent and, from a statistical standpoint, is putting up the second-best receiving stats on this year’s squad at the end of the season behind undrafted number one wideout Sadie Lam.
It appears the Cowboys will develop a one-two receiving duo of CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Tolbert, at least through the first few weeks of the regular season. The real question is who will step up and be that number three wide receiver behind Tolbert?
Based on previous returners and franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, undrafted free agent out of Western Illinois, Dennis Houston, could be in the mix.
Dennis Houston is a Texan who grew up in San Antonio. His road to a possible NFL role has been an interesting journey. Out of high school, Houston began his college career at the Division 1 FCS level at Houston Baptist, where he appeared in eight games and caught 33 catches for 362 yards with no touchdowns. Following this short stint with the Huskies, he decided to go the JUCO route, attending Fullerton College in California. He had three touchdowns and 360 receiving yards in ten games at Fullerton. After one year at JUCO, he enrolled at Western Illinois at the Division 1 FCS level. His junior year with Leatherneck was strong as he led the offense with 539 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Houston is the only player on the team to record two games with 100 receiving yards. It was a great moment for the masses to see the talent of Dennis Houston when he was featured in a spectacular spot on ESPN’s You Got Mossed segment.
In the year What put Dennis Houston on the radar of NFL scouts was his senior year when he caught 90 passes for 1,015 yards with 6 touchdowns.
To see what he did in college, here’s a highlight reel of Dennis Houston during his time at Western Illinois.
The fast forward took advantage of the injury situation to join the Cowboys on May 3. So good, in fact, that it earned high praise from Cowboys franchise quarterback Dak Prescott:
“When you break the huddle, he lines up in the right spot no matter what position he’s in. That’s what I expect him to be every game,” Prescott said. He is a strong man – very strong. I can say, ‘Hey, the DB got you right there,’ and he’s like, ‘Ahh, I’ve got to make the play.’ It’s great to hear from such a young man who answers, makes no excuses and tries to help the team in any way he can.
When a franchise quarterback trusts you, it gives you a great shot at making the roster, even if you’re not necessarily a lock to make the team. Check out this highlight from training camp as Houston made a great play covering the Cowboys’ number one corner Trevon Diggs.
The regular season is still weeks away, but Dennis Houston is making a case for it. Dallas Cowboys The roster could find itself in the mix for the number three wideout while Michael Gallup and James Washington are on the mend. A continued rapport with Dak Prescott could be what keeps Houston playing on this year’s team. Only time will tell about his future with Houston and the Cowboys, but one thing is for sure, the battle to make the team at wide receiver will be highly competitive and exciting to watch as we get closer to the start of the regular season. Season.