Dallas Cowboys insider calls this free agent addition a home run
The Dallas Cowboys have revamped their wide receiver corps since 2017. And one insider believes they hit a home run with this addition over the offseason.
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver corps has experienced some significant changes over the past two years. In 2017, the Cowboys’ depth chart consisted of receivers like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Brice Butler. Less than two years later and none of them remain in Dallas.
Instead, the Cowboys’ current receiver corps boasts players like Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, and Randall Cobb. The latter being signed as a free agent this offseason following an eight-year career with the Green Bay Packers.
Following the exodus of Beasley, who left Dallas this offseason to join the Buffalo Bills as a free agent, the Cowboys found his replacement in the more versatile Cobb. And according to early reports, the difference has been positive and substantial for Dallas.
Here’s what football analyst and former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus wrote on DallasCowboys.com recently about the addition of Cobb in the offense.
"“Nothing against Cole Beasley and his ability as a player, but this front office hit a home run with Randall Cobb as his replacement. I swear that in these practices, it’s as if Dak Prescott and Cobb have played together for multiple years. The route running, along with accuracy of the passes, has been spot on.”"
Head coach Jason Garrett called the 28-year old Cobb a pro’s pro as the veteran receiver has impressed both on and off the field during his short time in Dallas. And the team’s newest arrival is so excited about his opportunity to help the Cowboys win, he’s even volunteered to play special teams and is reportedly returning punts at minicamp.
But undoubtedly where Cobb will make the biggest impact is at the receiver position. And not just playing in the slot to replace Beasley. Cobb has the speed and experience to play every position at receiver and to make plays downfield. That should be the main difference fans will see from Cobb as opposed to Beasley.
When Cobb agreed to ink a one-year, $5 million deal in Dallas in March, he did so likely looking for a bit of redemption. He certainly has something to prove entering his ninth NFL season after missing seven games last year in Green Bay (and 11 total contests over the past three seasons) due to injury. So keeping the veteran receiver healthy will be a top priority for Dallas this summer.
In 2018, while struggling with both a hamstring injury and a concussion, Randall Cobb recorded just 38 receptions for 383 yards and two touchdowns in nine games for Green Bay. The Packers ended up posting a disappointing 6-9-1 record and the team fired their longtime head coach Mike McCarthy after a Week 13 loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals.