2. Brandon Smith, WR
Amari Cooper was traded this offseason for practically nothing and many fans are still sour over it. It’s understandable considering it didn’t have to be done and many will miss the amazing toe-dragging catches he was famous for.
Time and again, Cooper would be able to stretch his body to the ball and haul in the catch, all while keeping the tips of his toes on the ground. While Brandon Smith isn’t near the level of Cooper, he did give us a glimpse of this in the third preseason game.
While playing against the Seahawks, Smith extended his body to catch a touchdown pass from Will Grier and was somehow able to keep his toes on the ground, and stay inbounds.
This wasn’t his only highlight-reel catch either. In Week 1 against Denver, the Cowboys’ offense looked anemic until Ben DiNucci took over for Cooper Rush and immediately took a shot downfield. Firing from his own end zone, DiNucci lobbed it up for Smith, who took in the contested pass for a 40-yard gain.
Undrafted out of Iowa, Smith has the size this staff loves at 6-foot-2 and roughly 220 pounds. He’s also shown that he can get downfield and make plays, so he’s more than just a big body. His physical attributes and fearless play are reasons to keep him around as long as possible, even if it has to be with the practice squad.