The younger guys will ‘step in and tackle larger roles’

The Cowboys’ commerce of Amari Cooper to Cleveland for a fifth-round choose introduced query marks on the receiver place in Dallas heading towards the 2022 season.

These questions have solely been exacerbated with Michael Gallup’s continued rehab from an ACL tear — he is already mentioned he will not be prepared by Week 1 — and free-agent addition James Washington’s latest fractured foot that may preserve him out 6-10 weeks.

As of now, the Cowboys’ receiver corps is CeeDee Lamb and a bunch of younger query marks.

Whereas there may be consternation in regards to the Cowboys’ state of affairs exterior the locker room, quarterback Dak Prescott dismissed any fear.

“You are by no means going to catch me taking a look at something in my life as a step again. You have obtained a possibility to maneuver ahead, you have obtained a possibility to develop. In the event you do not try this, you are in bother and you’ve got already misplaced to start with,” Prescott mentioned, by way of the workforce’s official web site. “I simply know, the younger guys that we have got, the blokes that we have already got are going to step in and tackle larger roles. I proceed to say thrilling, however that is what it’s. And the reason being, is as a result of I really feel like quite a lot of you — and other people do not know essentially — what these guys are, what these guys can do.”

With Gallup and Washington on the shelf, third-round receiver Jalen Tolbert has flashed potential in camp. Undrafted rookie Dennis Houston out of Western Illinois has additionally seen snaps with the beginning group.

Prescott was reticent to single out a receiver he believes will step up, however he talked about the 2 rookies have impressed to date.

“A variety of younger guys have stepped up. Simply to say one can be dishonest the opposite,” Prescott mentioned. “However clearly Dennis Houston and Tolbert, simply to begin off on who’ve been in there and brought extra reps. You are asking ‘hey, give us an X, give us a Z,’ simply coming in, simply attempting to play no matter place and be accessible to the offense. That is the way you get on the sphere, doing as many issues as you may and doing it at a excessive degree. That is what these younger guys are doing proper now.”

Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko and T.J. Vasher are additionally vying for reps amongst Cowboys receivers.

Proprietor Jerry Jones lately dismissed the thought of including a veteran receiver at this stage, noting he needs to provide the younger gamers an opportunity to indicate they’ll earn snaps.

With Dallas kicking off preseason motion subsequent Saturday, Aug. 13, towards Denver, we’ll get our first take a look at how the Cowboys plan to make use of their younger wideouts as we observe towards regular-season motion.