The Dallas Cowboys have an unproven group of wide receivers heading into 2018. What is the best case scenario for their performance?
Last week, I began my ‘best case scenario’ series on the Dallas Cowboys position groups. To recap, the series focuses on a position group every week and what their reasonable best case scenario is for the upcoming season. This week I’ll be focusing on the wide receivers.
The wide receiver and tight end groups are amongst two of the most scrutinized units on the team. But I believe the ceiling for both, especially the receivers can be very high. I will begin with a quick analysis of each player in the hunt for playing time. I am excluding web back Tavon Austin from this article as well.
Allen Hurns has some good NFL film and has even had a 1,000-yard season. He is the favorite to replace former wide receiver Dez Bryant as the X and ‘number one’ receiver. Hurns has good size, route-running ability, reliable hands, versatility, and decent speed and after-the-catch skills as well. He’s also relatively young. In this best-case scenario though, his role will be as the number 2 or ‘Z’ receiver.
Third round selection Michael Gallup is who I believe is the future of this position. Gallup was selected 81st overall, but was rated a mid-second rounder by most scouts. He has the size, route-running, and sneaky explosion needed to be an NFL number one.
Gallup also does not drop the ball and is very reminiscent of Bryant in his ability to high-point the ball and run after the catch. In this scenario, he becomes the ‘one’.
In 2018, Cole Beasley will pick up right where he left off in 2016. Beasley will eventually not be the main focus of defensive passing coordinators against the Cowboys. The rise of other players (Hurns & Gallup) will allow him to be the true slot receiver he can be. Look for him to be quarterback Dak Prescott‘s comfort blanket.